Ref. Ares(2020)7522304 - 11/12/2020
DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
Directorate H. Assurance and Audit
Subject: Your request for information dated 16 November 2020
Dear Mrs Vincze,
I refer to your e-mail submitted through asktheeu.org on 16/11/2020 in which you ask a
number of questions concerning access to the CATS database.
To start, let me explain the characteristics of CATS (the Clearance of Accounts Audit
The CATS data warehouse contains accounting information submitted by the Member
States. The use of this data is regulated through Article 31(2) of Regulation (EU)
908/2014, meaning that it shall be used by the Commission for the sole purpose of
carrying out its functions in the context of the clearance of accounts, and for monitoring
developments and providing forecast in the agricultural sector. Also the European Court
of Auditors and European Anti-Fraud office (OLAF) shall have access to CATS for the
purpose of carrying out their duties.
On a case by case basis, aggregated data (the lowest available detail is NUTS3 level) can
be shared with external users. Some examples are the World Bank, as you refer to,
evaluations contracted by DG AGRI, PhD research. In no event does the Commission
share individual data with external users.
Finally, I would like to explain that there are other ways to obtain such data. Member
States themselves may divulge individual data according to their national legislation. In
the framework of transparency provisions, Member States have to publish the
beneficiaries of EAGF and EAFRD and the amounts received per beneficiary under each
of these Funds. In case you cannot download such a list from the Member States'
websites, we encourage you to contact those Member States directly concerning your
specific request. As far as the Commission is concerned, within the limitations mentioned
above, DG AGRI already publishes on its website information on beneficiaries of CAP
This concerns information on beneficiaries receiving EU funds either via national and
regional authorities (shared management) or paid by the Commission directly
Commission européenne/Europese Commissie, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, BELGIQUE/BELGIË - Tel. +32 22991111
(centralised management). This is the link to the webpage on beneficiaries of CAP
Electronically signed on 08/12/2020 23:39 (UTC+01) in accordance with article 11 of Commission Decision C(2020) 4482