CCAT / Cross Compliance Assessment Tool

The CCAT project was finalised in June 2010. The results of this project are presented on this website. The main product; the CCATTool can also be downloaded from this website.

This tool allows for an integral assessment of the impacts of EU legislation and GAEC standards included in Cross Compliance (CC), for different input data and under different scenario assumptions. Whereas the CCAT tool has been developed with a focus on the EU legislation associated to the cross compliance system, it has a wider potential applicability. As such it can be useful to evaluate some of the new challenges addressed in the 2008 Health Check of the CAP.

The effects assessed in the CCAT project relate to agricultural markets, producer’s income, land use, soil, water, air, climate, biodiversity and landscapes, as well as animal and public health.

The starting point of this impact assessment is the following:

  1. The implementation specifications as specified in legal text at regional or national level (and if not available the EU regulation text was used). A total of 2680 national implementing EU legislation standards and 590 national GAECs were analysed and used as the starting point for the CCAT assessments.
  2. The level of compliance with EU legislation and GAEC standards. Depending on the scenarios assessed, different levels of compliance with standards are used. These compliance levels refer to the proportion of farms and/or agricultural area and/or livestock population that is compliant with a standard. These levels may range between 0 and 100% compliance depending on the scenario that is assessed.
  3. The cost of compliance made by the farmer in order to become compliant with an EU legislation and/or GAEC standard.