General description Payment Agency for European Agricultural Fund subsidies
The Spanish Agrarian Guarantee Fund (FEGA) is an Autonomous Organisation under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through the General Secretariat of Agriculture and Food, whose chief mission is to ensure that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) subsidies are strictly applied in order to achieve the objectives of the policy. Its goal is to reach the beneficiaries who have met the regulatory requirements, while simultaneously promoting the homogenous application of CAP subsidies over the whole state territory.
TRAGSA Group is a state owned company which provides the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Environment and other public bodies with engineering and infrastructure services, consultancy services and technical and administrative support. TRAGSA is a leading company widely experienced in environment, wildlife conservancy, agronomics, and forestry matters. TRAGSA is an own resource of FEGA.
FEGA aims to contribute to the Integration and digitalization of IACS across Europe, supporting and encouraging the use and integration of different technologies in order to build the future CAP, proposing policies which can be easily controlled and Monitoring, through tracking and tracing of activities on all declared areas with advanced ICT support.
Role in the project
The role of TRAGSA, as Third Party of FEGA, is complementing the FEGA duties on the project providing it with its expertise in technology management.
FEGA will be leading WP2 Pilot Management.
They will also lead the Use Case 3 ‘Farm Registry’.
Key persons involved
Roberto Rodriguez Álvarez: Bachelor and PhD in Veterinary Medicine at the University of León. Civil servant of the National Veterinary Body since 2007. Since his incorporation, he has been developing his work in different areas at the Direct Payments Unit of the Spanish Agricultural Guarantee Fund (Ministry of Agriculture) which has allowed him to become a highly qualified specialist in the aid coordination of the Common Agricultural Policy. His experience includes management of Livestock aids, Control with Remote Sensing and development the Land Parcel Information System (LPIS). Since the end of 2016 is responsible for the Direct Payments Unit.
Fernando Feliu Bernardez: Technical Agricultural Engineer at UPM (Madrid). Specialization in agricultural industries. PhD in Agricultural Cooperation at IADE. Public Sector: since 2008 responsible for the audit missions of the Commission and the European Court of Auditors with regards to Area Subsidies within the CAP. Assistance to Committees and Groups of Experts in Brussels. National expert at the European Commission’s Directorate General of Agriculture at the Unit L-2 (Economic Analyses of EU agriculture). Private Sector: From 1990 to 2007. Experience in management of agro-industrial companies in several sectors. SIMSA - Oilseed crushing (Soybeans, sunflowers seeds, etc.) and oil refining factory -. Managing director. Harinas Porta S.A - milling cereal factory – In charge of the procurement of grain and raw materials. Imports of wheat, flour exports. Constructora San Jose S.A. – Responsible for contracts on maintenance and conservation of public parks
David Sanchez López: Agricultural Technical Engineer at the Universidad de Salamanca. Agronomist at the Universidad de León. Erasmus Programme Exchange at Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna (ITALY). Interuniversity Master in Production and Animal Health at the Universidad Politécnica & Complutense de Madrid. Specialized in Animal Production and Genetic Improvement due to various experiences in organizations of the sector. Working in the Spanish Agricultural Guarantee Fund (Ministry of Agriculture) for 3 years. His experience, from the beginning as a trainee and currently as Head of Technical Service of On The Spot Checks and by Remote Sensing has allowed him to become a highly qualified specialist in the Control of European Aid of the Community Agricultural Policy.
Mariano Navarro de la Cruz: Graduated as Telecommunications Engineer at UPM. Specialized in ICT applied to water management. Working in Tragsa Group for 20 years. Expert on Open Innovation and Social Spaces for Research and Innovation, through EU projects (www.c-rural.eu, FP6-2005-IST-5-034921; www.inspiredhabitats.eu, CIP-ICT-PSP-2009-3, www.medlivinglab.eu, ERDF Med Space). Expert on Regional Development and member of CfA WG Coalition for Action WG at EC, member of S3 strategy WG on IPTS Smart specialization for Smart Growth, member of the Spanish Technological Platform for water management (www.magrama.es, www.enviroict.eu). Responsible of the harmonization support addressing a pre-standard for Water Management Model based on IoT and OPC technologies (www.iwaterrm.eu) and member of IEEE ( www.ieee.org) since more than 20 years and member of OPC Foundation ( www.opcfoundation.eu)
Maria Eugenia Garcia de Garayo y Millán: Maria Eugenia García de Garayo as Telecommunication Technical Engineer at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid has developed her career mainly in the Information Technology
field. Her expertise and knowledge has been acquired in different Companies, in a variety of sectors. Her background, from the beginnings as Supporting Technician up to the post of Technical Services Team Leader in a large and multinational Company, with a great deal of responsibility on the IT systems, has allowed her to become a highly qualified specialist in the field. From 2005, she acts as Consultant Engineer in the ICT Unit of the Research and Development Unit at Tragsa Group. In the last few years, she is mainly focused on European Project management.
Annual Activity Reports: https://www.fega.es/en/informes-anuales-de-actividad-del-fega#
Relevant projects and activities
• Main Activity: To control the support of the Common Agricultural Policy-CAP (the Integrated Administration and Control Systems, IACS) at national level, including beneficiaries, requirements, concessions, subsidies, refunds and payments.
• DATABIO: Data-Driven Bioeconomy. H2020. ICT-15-2016-2017. 2017 – 2019. https://www.databio.eu/en/
• Crossnature: CEF-TC-2016-2 - Public Open Data. Cross Harmonization & Exploitation of NATURE DataSets. 2017 – 2019.
• VIOTAS: Internet of Things @ Agro Spaces. FEDER Interconecta. 2016.
• Various EU Research projects: PLURIFOR: Transnational plans for the management of forest risks. Interreg SUDOE. 2016 – 2019. http://www.efiatlantic.efi.int/portal/research/plurifor/in_english/ ProDataMarket: Enabling the property Data Marketplace for novel data-driven business products. H2020-ICT-2014-1. https://prodatamarket.eu/. 2015 – 2017. SmartOpenData: Linked Open Data for environment protection in Smart Regions. http://www.smartopendata.eu/. FP7 THEME [ENV.2013.6.5-3 ENV.2013.6.5-3]. 2013-2015.