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For best results, make your search specific, i.e. fill in as many of the search fields as possible.

Select one or more options from the menu (year, country, responsible department, action type, amount, etc.) or enter the beneficiary's name or VAT number.

While inputting data in the “Search for a beneficiary (name or VAT)” field, the system will automatically display a list of beneficiaries that most closely correspond to the search criteria you typed. If the beneficiary you are searching for is not displayed on the list, please continue typing to further refine your search. Please note that the "name or VAT no." field will only recognise the language used by the beneficiary.

Add search criteria by clicking on the “More Search Options” icon (funding type, expense type, source of funding, budget line, locality, geographical zone).

Choose between various ways of viewing your search results. Please note: If detailed amounts are unavailable, a rough figure will be given. Consult other views for more exact information, or export data for further processing:

  • Summary –a general overview with the number of commitment positions (transactions) and the total amount.
  • Country – total amounts of commitments per country. Where search criteria are not limited to one country, EU countries are listed first.
  • Responsible service – total amounts per European Commission department(s) responsible for managing the commitments.
  • Programme – total amounts per type of action, mainly by individual EU programmes (such as Erasmus Mundus, Marco Polo II or LIFE+) or by EU budget "title" (heading).
  • Recipients – summary information for each beneficiary, divided according to whether the recipient is a sole beneficiary, or one of a group of multi-beneficiaries.
  • Details – each commitment from the highest total amount to the lowest. For more information on a specific commitment click on the magnifying glass icon .

Search results can be downloaded at any time in Excel form, by clicking on the right side of the search results page. Please note that due to performance reasons the number of search results has been limited to 100. You are therefore advised to refine your search.

You can also download the complete set of data in .csv, .xls or .xml format from the EU budget centrally administered by the Commission ("BGUE") and the 10th European Development Fund (FEDF) and process it by using any data-processing software.

Search fields

Year

The year in which the amount awarded to the beneficiary is booked in the budget (in the form of a committed amount). The commitment comes after the awarding decision and implies booking in the Commission budget accounts the total amount awarded, which is then paid out on the basis of a legal agreement, usually in different instalments (for more details on commitments and payments, see our FAQ page).

Country

Countries/territories are split between "EU" countries and "Other". The latter includes some territories which are part of the EU (mainly France or the UK), but are classified under "other" because of the international (SWIFT) code used for financial transfers to relevant beneficiaries. SWIFT codes are linked to addresses and so differ from the EU country they are a part of (e.g. Martinique and France).

Name of beneficiary

The name given by the beneficiary in documents submitted to the Commission. Since this is a legal name it may differ from the name known to the general public. Moreover, certain organisations are registered in different countries (for example in the case of cooperation with national subsidiaries), possibly with variations in their name, each of which is a different beneficiary in the eyes of the Commission. Searches based only on the usual name of a beneficiary may therefore yield only partial results, so please test different variations of the usual name. In addition, there should be no information published for beneficiaries of public procurement contracts lower than EUR 15 000.

Beneficiary Type

For financial year 2016 data onwards, you can search for Non-governmental organizations (NGO) and Not-for-profit organizations (NFPO). In the absence of a universally applied definition of NGO, the Commission considers as NGO any non-profit, non-public law body (NFPO) independent of public authorities, political parties and commercial organisations. The NGO information that the Commission has available is based on self-declarations by entities receiving funding from EU funds through grant agreements or contracts directly managed by the Commission. These self-declarations are mainly requested for statistical purposes and are not subject to a general validation by Commission services. However, the non-profit status of an entity (NFPO), that is practically an essential element of an NGO, is subject to validation as this criterion can be objectively assessed through the non-profit making legal form of the entity.

Coordinator

Highlighted in blue in your search result. In some cases the beneficiary is not the sole end-receiver of EU funds, but may be a project coordinator responsible for redistributing funds among participants. This is typical for research grants which are redistributed by a coordinating scientific institution to scientists and research centres working together on the same project.

Subject of a grant or procurement

General information on the nature and purpose of the expenditure, when available.

Responsible Department

Grants and procurements are administered by Commission departments ("Directorates General"/ DGs) in charge of implementing policies & EU-funded programmes. The name of the DG can help you identify a policy area. However, grants and procurements in certain areas are managed by more than one DG ( for example "research" grants, managed not only by DG Research but also by DG Connect (formerly Information Society), DG Enterprise, etc.) and that one DG may manage funds in more than one area. The names of departments may also change over time, as a result of internal reorganisation.

Geographical Zone

For development aid grants paid by EuropeAid, this is the location of the action financed by the grant.

Expense Type

Choose between operational expenditure and administrative expenditure. Please note that administrative expenditure is only published as of 2009.

Co-financing rate

The new Financial Regulation no longer requires publication of the co-financing, so this data will no longer be published as of 2012. The information on co-financing rate will remain available for previous years.

For information prior to 2012, four codes are used depending on the type of co-financing:

  • Percentage reimbursed by the EU, i.e. the amount of the grant quoted in FTS represents x% of the total aid received by the beneficiary
  • "Lump sum/Flat rate"  the amount of the grant quoted in FTS is a lump sum or a flat rate financed by the EU
  • "Mixed financing"  the amount is a combination of the above: "reimbursement + lump sum" or "reimbursement + flat rate" or "reimbursement + lump sum + flat rate"
  • "N/A"  "not applicable" - for commitments where co-financing does not apply
An empty field means information is not available.

Action type

The bulk of funding provided by the European Commission is done through programmes (such as 7th Research Framework Programme, Galileo, Life+, etc.). These programmes correspond to the Multiannual Financial Framework 2007-2013. Other forms of funding include grants to European agencies, pilot projects, preparatory actions, etc.

Budget line name or number

The EU budget is structured around titles (two digits: TT), chapters (four digits: TT.CC), articles (six digits: TT.CC.AA) and posts (eight digits: TT.CC.AA.PP). If you know the exact budget line number, you can search by entering the 2, 4, 6 or 8 digit code (don't forget the dots!). Example: If you enter the code 01.02.04, you will see a list with all beneficiaries under the article "Prince - Information about the Economic and Monetary Union, including the Euro".

Amount

The amount of the budgetary commitment in favour of the beneficiary: the maximum amount the beneficiary may receive based on costs incurred. The total amount actually paid out may therefore be smaller. For further information on commitments and payments see our FAQ page.

Source of funding

You may choose between the EU budget centrally administered by the Commission and the European Development Fund (10th EDF),. Please note that the EDF is only published as of 2010. Financial information on EU Trust Funds is currently not available.

Funding Type

Information was previously published in two categories: Grants and Public procurement including other expenditure. That last funding type, published as of the year 2011, has been replaced by Public procurement (including provisional commitments) and four others, allowing for a more detailed search.

VAT Number

This is the VAT number identifying the beneficiary. Please note that VAT number, if available, is only published as of 2011.

Postcode

The postcode given by the beneficiary in documents submitted to the Commission. This field is best used in conjunction with the "country" field ( to eliminate postcodes from countries you are not interested in). You can look up a post code online.

Locality

If the recipient is a legal entity, his address will be displayed under “Locality”. If the beneficiary is a natural person, only the NUTS 2 region will be shown, if available.


This website lets you search through the beneficiaries of funding from the EU budget implemented directly the Commission (at Headquarters or in EU delegations to non-EU countries) and other EU bodies such as executive agencies ('direct management'), and beneficiaries of the European Development Fund.

Please note that the FTS does not provide information on funding from the EU budget implemented by both the Commission and Member States ('shared management'), or implemented indirectly by other international organisations or non-EU countries ('indirect management').

Up to 80% of the EU budget expenditure is managed by Member States under shared management in areas such as agriculture, cohesion policy, growth and employment.