On Tuesday 28 January 2020, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on the use of new imaging technologies for managing and monitoring the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The ECA examined whether the European Commission effectively encouraged widespread use of new imaging technologies and whether Member States had taken adequate action to deploy them. The auditors looked at the Copernicus Sentinel satellite data, images taken by drones, and geotagged images. An assessment of the progress made in the use of new imaging technologies is especially relevant now, as the results of the audit could be applied in the management and monitoring of the post‑2020 CAP that is being designed.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
Copernicus Sentinel data and other technologies for monitoring CAP area aid have significant potential benefits for farmers, administrations and the environment. The automated processing of data they provide makes it possible, without human intervention, to identify crops and monitor certain agricultural practices. Since 2018, paying agencies in Member States have been able to use them in place of traditional checks based on field inspections.
The ECA’s special reports set out the results of its audits of EU policies and programmes or management topics related to specific budgetary areas. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.