Jure Cus

 Rural Development

: Mar 21, 2017

About Me

I have a master's degree in Biology and Ecology with Nature conservation with top grades from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Maribor. In my thesis, I involved myself with the agricultural policy and have analyzed the from me collected data (mapping habitat types) using GIS software (ArcGIS ). After the successful completion of my Master's degree started I working on various projects (Wetman, THUJA 2). In 2012 I worked on the survey LUCAS in Slovenia and Cyprus, where I collected Land cover and Land use data with the use of GPS and topographic materials.

In 2013 started I working as Controller of agricultural subsidies for Geodetski zavod Celje. I was carrying out on-the-spot controls of all area based subsidies, including Agro -Environmental measures, Cross-compliance, farm animal controls and area based subsidies. I checked whether the observed parcel was indeed cultivated with declared crop, whether actual area equals to the declared one, and whether the observed parcel complies with the standards of Good Agricultural and Environmental ; However, my main task was carrying out controls with remote sensing (CWRS - Control with Remote Sensing) using GIS software – dominantly carried out via visual interpretation (Computer-Aided Photo-interpretation) with the use of proprietary GIS software. I accomplished this Field inspections with a compound hardware and software system, including a sub-meter precision GNSS device.

Currently I work for the Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Agricultural Markets and Rural Development, where I work in the Rural Development Section and in the Direct Payments Section. I am handling applications and claims for funds, preparing reports and analyses for governmental and European institutions, carrying out in-situ and on-the-spot controls and controls with remote sensing of all area based subsidies and carrying out ex-post controls of controllers and other institutions that have been delegated the function of the performance of on-the-spot controls and implementing the measures of the new Rural Development Programme for the period 2014–2020. I am in charge of Measure 3 – Quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs and Measure 9 – Setting-up of producer groups and organisations. I worked on the old Rural Development Programme of the Republic of Slovenia 2007–2013. In the Direct Payment Section I was calculating the financial envelopes and the national ceiling for Slovenia.

I am more than comfortable with the use of Microsoft Office™ tools (Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word), Geographic information system ArcGis, GPS tools and other relevant software related to this line of work. I am acquainted with field surveying, interpreting aerial photographs and satellite images, mapping habitat types, controlling, preparation of reports and supervision duties. In addition to my expertise and two years of experience I bring a high level of resilience, flexibility, willingness to learn, accuracy, teamwork and reliability. I draw myself out by an independent and responsible way of working. I speak the English language as well as German, Croatian and Serbian, fluent in spoken and written.

Fields of Expertise:

 Audits and Controls
 Environmental protection
 Cohesion Policy
 European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)
 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
 LIFE programme
 Cartography & Maps
 European Politics

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