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Integrated Aid System (IAS)

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Best Practice:
Integrated Aid System (IAS)
Digital Agenda Category:
Research & Innovation
Status:
Operational in Current Region
Producing Project:
PIKE
Implementing Region:
Cantabria
Implementing Organisation:
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

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