Integrated Aid System (IAS)
Topic of the practice
Good Practice Information
IAS allows the management of aid corresponding to the Common Agriculture Policies, the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) and the European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) in the regional government of Cantabria.
The tool gathers and validates the applications interactively through the Internet, verifying the accredited information while at the same time facilitating the posterior inspection, control and payment; therefore, totally eliminating the manual exchange of data.
It incorporates open-source solutions, 3G communications, and GIS and GPS tools to improve the quality of the management, control and payment of 7,000 applications and more than 40,000,000 euros/year dedicated to developing the rural environment. The development costs per year were 300.000 €, Infraestructure : 30.000 € and Human resources for inspections and controls: 170.000 €.
For the development of this service a number of factors had to be combined, as listed here: •A government action strategy •A regional development policy championing the ICT industry as a long-term focal point for growth •A regional, dynamic and ‘clusterized’ private ICT industry •A frame of reference on a regional level (Governance Plan), aligned with national strategies (Plan Avanza) and international strategies (Treaty of Lisbon) and geared towards modernising the public authorities •Legal framework: law for access to the services, by way of which on January 1, 2010, all citizens will have the RIGHT to initiate and consult procedures with the authorities electronically •The existence of more dynamic and flexible instruments which allow the authorities to respond to the seasonal nature of certain services and to modernise.•The fact of making it compulsory use by farmers, with a prior commitment by all parties involved: unions, district offices and partners.
Evidence of success
IAS was finalist in the eAwards 2007 in the category "Effective and efficient administration". IAS is considered good because it speeds up the process, reduces time and allows access from any point. Additionally, it helps public employees to manage applications and to guarantee correct and on-time payments. It reduces the work load while directing more efforts towards developing new means to benefit the citizen. It includes all the benefits of the Internet, the security of authentication with electronic certificates, the advantages of GIS tools that can locate and provide immediate access to plans and land plots, GPS localisation tools in real-time and the use of mobile devices such as PC tablets and 3G cards for locating and measuring plots electronically. The use of IAS implies the reduction in the paper use, about 15 different application forms used by more than 6500 stockman and farmers per year.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
José Manuel San Emeterio
Annex completed on: 04-05-2011