The main purpose of the satellite images acquired on the co-delegated budget is to allow Member States (MS) to carry out all or part of their CAP On-The-Spot (OTS) checks of the area-based subsidies of the CAP.
For these remote sensing checks, Very High Resolution (VHR) images (mainly satellite data) are used to cover random and risk based chosen control zones.
In addition to the VHR images, MS may use High Resolution (HR) images to further support the check of land cover type or checks of Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) and the greening requirements, such as crop diversification and measures related to the Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs). The second purpose of the imagery to be acquired on the co-delegated budget is to allow MS to assess the quality of their LPIS. For this purpose, only VHR images are used.