The European Commission has published information on beneficiaries of EU funds managed by the Commission under centralised direct management in the financial year 2011. As of today, the data is accessible via the Financial Transparency System (FTS), a search engine designed to ensure EU funding transparency.
The Financial Transparency System (FTS) was created following the European Transparency initiative launched by the Commission in 2005 and it responds to the increasing need for EU funding transparency, in compliance with the new rules applied to the EU budget since 2007. Since 2008, the data has been published annually, usually by the end of June for the previous financial year. Altogether, there are more than 230 000 items recorded in FTS for the period 2007-2011, with some 52 000 entries added this year. This regular service has been provided for the past 5 years and has gained popularity with 260 queries on average per day. The FTS is also an important element of sound financial management.
The system provides access to information on beneficiaries of funds centrally and directly administered by the Commission within the EU budget, as well as on recipients of funds within the 10th European Development Fund (Financial Years 2010 and 2011). Only a small part of the expenses has been excluded from publication or made confidential, mainly on grounds of personal data protection. Data on beneficiaries of funds administered by the Member States through shared management is published under their individual responsibility.
Anyone can access this data on the internet and perform searches on the basis of different criteria. The information provided includes, among others, names and locations of beneficiaries, actual amounts and types of expenditure. In addition, each expenditure item includes a reference to the relevant Commission department, as well as the part of EU budget (or budget line) from which the item has been financed.
Link to FTS: http://ec.europa.eu/beneficiaries/fts/index_en.htm