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2019.11.28

National Paying Agency celebrates its 20th anniversary

National Paying Agency celebrates its 20th anniversary
The European Union (EU) and the state budget support has been helping the Lithuanian economy to grow for years. We are proud that the National Paying Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture (NPA), in charge of administering the  EU and national support for agriculture, rural development and fisheries, contributes to the creation of modern farms, prosperous businesses and beautifying villages in the country. In November 2019 the NPA celebrates its 20th anniversary.
 
The first 20 years of human life are marked by a major change from a helpless child to a responsible adult. In 1999, the NPA took the first steps, growing each year, gaining experience in evaluating applications, in controlling aid absorption process and looking for ways to help farmers in the country to make the most of the EU support. At a mature age, the NPA is already designing the future of support administration by adopting innovative technologies to become a farmer partner and not a controlling institution. On this special occasion we would like to share our joy over the results, achieved through the daily work of our professional, responsible and motivated staff.  
 
Over 20 years, the Lithuanian farmers have received EUR 11 billion of support
 
NPA is the only accredited institution in Lithuania that administers funds for agriculture, rural development and fisheries, and performs respective payment and control functions. NPA administers more than 250 different support measures and activities. The total number of NPA clients (farmers, rural entrepreneurs, communities, fishermen, foresters) amounts to150 thousand with 900 million euros of annual support. Since NPA foundation, the beneficiaries have received from the EU and the state budget EUR 11 billion of support.
 
Support administration stages since 1999
 
The activities of the NPA, that was established in November 1999, started with the implementation of SAPARD (Special Accession Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development). Financial assistance under SAPARD was foreseen for the EU accession countries for the peeriod 2000-2006. In 2001 the European Commission granted the NPA the right to administer this support independently, and this became the first opportunity for many Lithuanian farmers to modernise their farms. Approximately EUR 167 million of SAPARD support was successfully absorbed.
 
The year 2004 narked an important milestone for the NPA upon Lithuania‘s accession to the EU. This was followed by the introduction of direct payments to farmers for agricultural land and crops, and the launch of two programmes: Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2004-2006 and structural assistance under the Rural Development and Fisheries Priority of the Single Programming Document. 
 
In 2007 a new page of the NPA activities was opened with the launch of the Lithuanian RDP 2007-2013, with the amount of  EUR 2.287 billion from the EU and the state budget. All the funds allocated for the implementation of the RDP 2007-2013 have been successfully absorbed.
 
Currently the NPA administers the measures of the Lithuanian RDP  2014-2020, its funds from the EU and the state budget amounting to EUR 2,09 billion.  Under this  programme, EUR 1.18 billion has already been paid out to the beneficiaries. One of the strategic goals of the 2014-2020 period is to provide in a transparent manner qualitative services that meet customer expectations.
 
Direct payments for the declared area of ​​agricultural land and crops comprise a significant part of the support for the Lithuanian farmers – as of 2004 a total sum of EUR 4.5 billion was paid to farmers with constantly increasing annual payments. As of 2010 declaration of area-based measures is performed on-line.
 
The NPA also administers measures supported by the state budget, the EU support for the fisheries, beekeeping sectors, and support for fruit and vegetable producer groups.
 
Application of modern technologies in support administration process
 
Automation, electronisation and robotisation of support administration processes are among the most important priorities of NPA activities. By automating, electronising and robotising processes, not only the efficiency and transparency of administration processes is increased, but also the amount of errors and administrative costs are reduced.
 
As of 2015 applicants were given the opportunity to submit their applications electronically using the Agricultural Information System (AIS). Beneficiaries may also submit payment applications, project implementation reports and other documents through the AIS. The number of NPA customers who appreciate the benefits of this system is steadily increasing, as it saves time, prevents mistakes, and gives the flexibility to choose the time for submitting the documents.
 
NPA is the first state institution to employ a robot (Robis NeMigA). As of 2017, Robis NeMigA  performs an increasing number of tasks related to the processing of large-scale applicant data within the NPA information systems.
 
In 2018 the NPA launched an “NMA Agro“ mobile app. The gadget is intended for farmers who wish to inform the NPA about their carried out activities, the implemented investment projects, as well as to report problems related to the support commitments. In addition, using the gadget, residents of Lithuania can provide information about possibly unattended fields.
 
NPA specialists are constantly improving and expanding electronic services, as well as looking for new ways to apply modern technologies in administrative processes. Remote sensing already uses satellite imagery to monitor fields. Lithuania is one of the initiators among the EU countries, which seek to implement the system of satellite monitoring of the agricultural condition of fields in the EU. The introduction of an automated field monitoring information system in the new programming period will not only reduce control costs and administrative burden for farmers, but will also allow the NPA instead of controlling institution to become farmer’s partner.

The mission of the NPA being a reliable and progressive organisation is to provide support for agriculture, rural development and fisheries in the simplest possible way.
 
Last updated: 2019-11-29 10:14