General description

The ASP (Agence de Services et de Paiement) is the French Payment Agency approved for the management and payment of common agricultural policy funds : EAGF and EAFDR. ASP pays around 10 billion euros per year to the 400 000 French farmers and rural development beneficiaries:

ASP employs 2200 people, out of which 700 are located at the headquarters and the rest are distributed over the 16 directorates located at regional level. In 2017, the total budget of the ASP was approximately of about 20 billion €.

As regard its role, ASP is keen to enhance electronic administration and further data exchanges


Role in the project

ASP is contributing to the project as Payment Agency and member of consortium.

ASP is participating closely in WP3 (Harmonization & Interoperability) along with IGN.

ASP is also coordinating the Use Case 1b ‘Agri-environmental monitoring’ and participating in other Use Cases as well, especially those on ‘Earth Observation Monitoring and Traffic Lights’ (UC1a) and ‘LPIS: Update & Change detection’ (UC5a).


Key persons involved

Emmanuel de LAROCHE has is an agronomist engineer and counts more than 30 years of experience, 20 of which were spent in the CAP Payment Agency. As head of the Certifying unit of ASP he has a cross-cutting vision of the functioning of the French Payment Agency, particularly on the area related measures. He is responsible for monitoring the accreditation conditions and for coordinating the on-going auditing activities of European audit bodies and the certifying. He was previously responsible for various operational missions, which has given him a wide and sound experience in implementing and managing CAP in particularly in agricultural mapping, photo-interpretation, remote sensing (CWRS)and LPIS/GIS implementation. Additionally. For 10 years he has been involved in international cooperation projects aiming at setting up IACS and LPIS tools.

Veronique LEMAIRE is an engineer specialized in GIS, IT development and public administration and counts 15 years of experience, 12 of which were spent in the French Mapping Agency (IGN) and 2 as Deputy Head of IACS department in the ASP. She is particularly in charge of audits monitoring and evaluating CAP 2020 impacts assessment on IACS. She worked previously as project officer for the French data base (Base Adresse Nationale) coordinating development team with IGN, Etalab, la Poste and Open Street Map. She was also head of IT teaching department in the French engineering school for geomatics (ENSG) and she began her career participating to ISO TC 211 (CEN TC287, Air Group IV, ...) as French DGIWG (NATO standardization group for geographic information) representative on imagery standards. She has a sound experience in GIS, IT development, IT project management, geographic information standardization and good knowledge in geographic imagery and processing while being thoroughly involved in French IACS operational management and IS project.


Relevant publications

ASP is in charge of implementing the IACS including the farm register, the LPIS based on geographic information (GIS-LPIS), the entitlement register, and the whole process of application, administrative controls, on-the-spot controls, calculation of subsidy allocation, payment, accounting and reporting.. This system is based on internet technology and embeds a high number of automated controls including many GIS controls between LPIS (Land Parcel Identification System) feature delineation and farmers applications.

Moreover, ASP is responsible for implementing all On-the-spot (OTS) controls including Controls with remote sensing (CwRS). For this important part of IACS, ASP has developed the complete methodology of controls and the whole IT system in order to meet the requirements of the EU regulations and guide lines. From 2016 100% of OTS controls is carried by remote sensing on roughly 90 areas representing about 2 million hectares.


Relevant projects and activities

As the French National Payment Agency, ASP has an overall vision how a Payment Agency is running in terms of functional organization, procedure, human resources, IT tools, administrative management, data privacy, data dissemination, user relations, scheduling of activities and audit issues.

As concerning the users, ASP is in charge of developing and maintaining the application management software (TELEPAC) used for processing 85% of the application forms in 2014. TELEPAC is an online tool which enables farmers to make their annual application in a fast and secure way over internet and retrieve all the correspondence that they have received as well as documentation they need.

ASP has implemented several cooperation projects (Twinning and Technical Assistance) within Agriculture sector in the context of pre and post-accession policies in the area of setting up IACS and LPIS tools.