A conference on “Development of information systems and data management practices for CAP evaluation” was organized by the ENRD between 16th and 17th of March. The Sen4CAP (Sentinels for Common Agricultural Policy) project was presented on the event. The project is implemented under the auspices of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, which aims to develop and simplify the Common Agricultural Policy. In addition, innovative data management and data collection systems were presented to promote sustainable agriculture and increase competitiveness (FLINT, MEF4CAP, Verify).
Dr. Szilárd Keszthelyi, head of the Farm Business Analysis Department of the Institute of Agricultural Economics, represented Hungary on the conference. As a good practice, he presented how Hungary successfully used the experience of a previous EU research project (FLINT) to establish various agricultural policy measures. In his presentation, he pointed out that the burden on data providers should not be further increased. As a solution, the increasingly data-driven agricultural policy could be supported by the utilization of administrative data.
The conference highlighted the constant need to review the functioning of data management systems at Member State level, increase the efficiency of data collection and improve data quality, however, assessing the needs and coordinating opportunities for improving information systems is a major challenge for Member States.