The Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) has published the regulation authorising an increase in the advance payment of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments for the 2022 campaign to 70% for direct aid and up to 85% for rural development measures.
In Spain, this authorisation could allow an advance of up to 3,386 million euros in direct aid to the 648,691 farmers and stockbreeders who have submitted their single aid application for this year. The amounts finally paid will depend on the payment schedule established by each Autonomous Community.
This increase compared to the 50% established by Community legislation is in response to the request made by Spain and the other Member States to provide greater liquidity to farms and help farmers and stockbreeders to alleviate the adverse effects of the war in Ukraine.
Recently, the European Commission has also published a regulation that allows certain control measures for CAP aid applications to be made more flexible on the occasion of the COVID-19 pandemic, as was already the case in the previous 2020 and 2021 campaigns. This regulation provides for the possibility to reduce some control samples, as well as the option to replace field visits and classical controls by the use of photo-interpretation of satellite images or orthophotos, and by the use of new technologies such as geo-tagged photos. This initiative will make it easier for controls in 2022 to be carried out as soon as possible so that payments are not delayed.