A useful tool to determine the eligibility of agricultural land – but its management could be further improved. Special report No 25, 2016
A Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS) is an IT system based on photographs of agricultural parcels used to check payments made under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of approximately 45.5 billion euro in 2015. We concluded that the LPIS is a useful tool for determining the eligibility of agricultural land but its management could be further improved. We identified some weaknesses in LPIS processes affecting the Member States’ ability to reliably check the eligibility of land. We found that Member States had made progress in upgrading their LPISs to meet the 2014-2020 CAP requirements.... However, LPISs had not yet been completely adapted for greening. The Commission’s LPIS monitoring improved but did not focus enough on LPIS performance.