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Dear DG Agriculture and Rural Development,

As far as I understand there have been a large number of requests to access the CATS (Clearance of Audit Trail System) database or its contents. According to the publicly available information some of these requests were denied, while in some cases the Commission provided access to the database or it has extracted data from the CATS.

The following examples contain references that attest that some organizations outside the EU (OLAF or European Court of Auditors) were granted some sort of access to either the database itself or to data extracted from CATS by DG AGRI:

The World Bank: Thinking CAP report, p 33.
http://pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/36985151...

European Machinery Association: CAP 2021-2027 Study CAP REFORM HIGHLIGHTS, p. 18
https://cema-agri.org/images/publication...
GTAP: "EU agricultural domestic support in GTAP: a proposal for an alternative approach"

In the light of the above, I would like to ask the following information:

Under what regime does the DG AGRI guarantee access to the CATS database to organizations outside the Commission? (information request/some sort of cooperation or partnership agreements/ etc.)

Does the DG AGRI guarantee direct access to the database to data claimants or requestors or does it extract and share processed data according to the requests by the claimants? What was the legal basis for guaranteeing access or extracting data ?

In how many cases did the DG AGRI guarantee access to the CATS database or extracted data for claimants outside the Commission from 2010 to today? Which EU institutions or bodies have automatic access to the CATS database? In which cases did the DG AGRI refuse access to the CATS database and why?

If that is applicable, you may send the concerning agreements/protocols.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

Orsolya Vincze
K-Monitor Association

Dear Agriculture and Rural Development,

I have submitted a request on the 16th Nov 2020 related to information about access to CATS. By law, the authority should have responded by now. Could you provide me the documents as requested in my 16th Nov 2020 application?

Yours faithfully,

Orsolya Vincze

DE RYCK Saskia, Generaldirektion Landwirtschaft und ländliche Entwicklung

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Dear Madame, Sir,

We have well received your request and we have prepared the attached reply already in December last year. Unfortunately it seems that the reply was blocked into the system and it was never delivered to you.

We apologize for any inconvenience it might have caused.

Best regards,

Head of Unit

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