Dear European Parliament,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:
All documentation, notes, recordings and any other data you may have of communications regarding the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy), from january 2018 to today. Digitally, with a separate excel sheet with date, filename and sender+receiver (if applicable, otherwise attendees at meeting for some data) to see what concerns whom easily for those interested.

Yours faithfully,
Hilmi Ozguc

AccesDocs, Parlamento Europeo

Dear Mr Ozguc,

The legal basis and principles of the Common Agricultural Policy (herein after "CAP") are established in Articles 38 to 44 of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union.

The PAC is composed of many policies. These policies are extensively discussed and listed in this webpage of the European Commission:
- https://ec.europa.eu/info/food-farming-f...

The CAP policies are primarily managed by the European Commission's department for agriculture and rural development, which can adopt delegated and implementing acts to implement them.

However, the European Parliament and Council are also involved in the CAP as co-legislators in agricultural matters (Article 42, first paragraph, and Article 43(2) of the Treaty on the Functionning of the European Union.

As a co legislator, Parliament receives and produces many documents, including notes, records of meetings and communications relating to or merely touching upon the CAP. Many of them are published on Parliament's Public Register of Documents and can be identified with appropriate criteria in the search engine:

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegistreW...

Each step of all the legislative procedures, including those relating to PAC policies are set out in Parliament's legislative observatory:
- https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/o...

Example for the Common agricultural policy (CAP): financing, management and monitoring 2021–2027 (2018/0217(COD))
- https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/o...

An important part of Parliament's work in agricultural matters is handled at the level of Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (herein after "AGRI committee"). Legislative proposals issued by the European Commission in agricultural matters are first assessed by the European Parliament at committee level, by the Members of AGRI committee, in committee meetings. Minutes with attendance lists of all those meetings are published on the AGRI committee website, together with documents, including recordings and communications, of the Committee's hearings, workshops and other activities:
- https://www.europarl.europa.eu/committee... .

Registered Lobbyists, their areas of interest, targeted policies, contributions to consultations, meetings with the Commission, and accreditations to the European Parliament are published on the Transparency Register. But their communications to the Members of the European Parliament are not registered (neither are the communications from other citizens), as Members of the European Parliament have a freedom of mandate. Since the communications to the Members from citizens and registered interest representatives are received by the Members but not by Parliament itself, the institution is not in a position to assess the disclosure of those communications and much less to disclose them. The Members of the European Parliament, including those of the AGRI Committee, may however list on their webpage the lobbyists they have met with.

Transparency Register: https://ec.europa.eu/transparencyregiste...

MEPs' webpages: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/h...

Information on the publication of MEPs' contacts with interest representatives: - https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/h...

On the basis of the above Parliament considers your application as handled and closes the file. However, should you want to request other specific documents of the European Parliament, please do not hesitate to come back to us with a new application.

Kind regards,

TRANSPARENCY UNIT
European Parliament
Directorate General for the Presidency
Directorate for Inter-Institutional Affairs
and Legislative Coordination

Public Register webpage
[email address]

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