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On this website you can find the names of the beneficiaries of funds awarded (in budgetary terms: "committed") by the Commission every year.

The Financial Transparency System publishes only the beneficiaries of the following sources of funding:

  • EU budget directly administered by the Commission’s departments, its staff in the EU delegations, or through executive agencies
  • European Development Fund

The following funding types are published on this site:

  • Grants
  • Prizes (as of financial year 2013)
  • Public procurement (including provisional commitments) (as of financial year 2013)
  • Public procurement including other expenditure (financial years 2011 and 2012)
  • Financial Instruments (as of financial year 2013)
  • Budget Support (as of financial year 2013)
  • External Experts (as of financial year 2013)

Data for any given year is not published until the following year.
Search results include:

  • who receives the funds (beneficiary)
  • subject, i.e. the purpose of the expenditure
  • where the beneficiary is located (country, if they are natural persons the information on location is limited to region according to the NUTS2 classification, post code)
  • amount and type of expenditure (operational vs. administrative)
  • which responsible department (directorate-general (DG) or agency) awarded the funding
  • which part of the EU budget (budget line) it comes from
  • when (year) the amount was booked in the accounts

the following will also be given, if available:

  • type of action, usually the relevant EU programme
  • coordinator – the beneficiary responsible for redistributing funds in a multi-beneficiary project.

Please note that important changes had to be implemented in the Financial Transparency System (FTS) following the entry into force of the EU new Financial Regulation and its rules of application. These have an impact on the publication of financial year 2012 data onwards. The main changes are as follows.

  • No information on public procurement contracts lower than EUR 15 000 will be published. In practice the number of items may decrease substantially. It may happen that information on a given beneficiary was provided through FST in 2011, but it is not provided for 2012 even though the sums contracted by the same beneficiary were similar in volume on both occasions.

  • There will be no more confidential names of beneficiaries, where the text "confidential" or "natural person" appeared instead of the beneficiary´s name. The publication shall be waived if the disclosure risks threatening the rights and freedoms of individuals concerned as protected by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union or harm the commercial interests of the beneficiary. There are several other newly introduced minor alterations. You will find additional information on the FTS in the FAQ and Help sections of this web site.

Confidentiality

Please note that a small number of beneficiaries are not published on this website for security reasons.

Multiple beneficiaries

In the case of multiple beneficiaries of the same grant or other support scheme, the system will list all of them, providing the amounts per beneficiary, if this information is available.

Legal Background

The basic requirement for the Commission to publish this information on beneficiaries of EU funds is given in Article 35 of the financial regulation applicable to the general budget of the Union:

Article 35(2)

“The Commission shall make available, in an appropriate and timely manner, information on recipients, as well as the nature and purpose of the measure financed from the budget, where the latter is implemented directly in accordance with point (a) of Article 58(1), and information on recipients as provided by the entities, persons and Member States to which budget implementation tasks are entrusted under other methods of implementation.
The obligation set out in the first subparagraph shall also apply to the other institutions with regard to their recipients.”

Article 35(3)

“This information shall be made available with due observance of the requirements of confidentiality and security, in particular the protection of personal data.
Where natural persons are concerned, the publication shall be limited to the name and locality of the recipient, the amount awarded and the purpose of the award. The disclosure of those data shall be based on relevant criteria such as the periodicity of award, or the type or importance of the award. The criteria for disclosure and the level of detail published shall take into account the specificities of the sector and of each method of implementation.
The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 210 concerning the establishment of detailed rules on the publication of information on recipients. Where applicable, the level of detail and criteria shall be defined in the relevant sector-specific rules.”

Article 21

of the Rules of Application of Regulation gives further information on how the requirements of confidentiality and security affect publication.

  1. The information on recipients of Union’s funds awarded under direct management shall be published on an internet site of the Union institutions, no later than 30 June of the year following the financial year in which the funds were awarded.
    In addition to the publication referred to in the first subparagraph the information may also be published, according to a standard presentation, by other appropriate means.
  2. The following information shall be published unless otherwise provided in this Regulation and in the sector specific rules, taking into account the criteria set out in Article 35(3) of the Financial Regulation:
    1. the name of the recipient;
    2. the locality of the recipient;
    3. the amount awarded;
    4. the nature and purpose of the measure.

    For the purpose of point (b) the term ‘locality’ shall mean:

    1. the address of the recipient when the latter is a legal person;
    2. the Region on NUTS 2 level when the recipient is a natural person.
  3. As far as personal data referring to natural persons are concerned, the information published shall be removed two years after the end of the financial year in which the funds were awarded. The same shall apply to personal data referring to legal persons for whom the official title identifies one or more natural persons.

  4. The information referred to in paragraph 2 shall only be published for prizes, grants and contracts which have been awarded as a result of contests or grant award procedures or public procurement procedures. The information shall not be published for:
    1. scholarships paid to natural persons and other direct support paid to natural persons in most need, referred to in Article 125(4)(c) of the Financial Regulation;
    2. contracts below the amount referred to in Article 137(2) of this Regulation.
  5. The publication shall be waived if such disclosure risks threatening the rights and freedoms of individuals concerned as protected by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union or harm the commercial interests of the recipients.”

The Financial Regulation (FR) and the Rules of Application (RAP)

Data Protection

The European Commission maintains this website in order to make available information on beneficiaries of EU funds. Information contained in this website are processed in accordance with Regulation (EC) 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18. December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data. However, if errors are brought to our attention, we will correct them in line with the protection of personal data principles.