The European Commission has published today information about beneficiaries of EU funds in 2013 on its Financial Transparency System (FTS) webpage. Through grants and other forms of financing, the EU budget provided financial support to tens of thousands of beneficiaries such as students, scientists, NGOs, SMEs, towns, regions and many others.
Almost 33 000 items have been recorded for 2013, for a total of more than €18 billion. The names and locations of beneficiaries as well as the amounts and types of expenditure are freely accessible online.
What is and what is not recorded in FTS
The online database provides information on the beneficiaries of funds directly managed by the Commission between 2007 and 2013. Beneficiaries of the European Development Fund in 2010-2013 are also recorded.
For example, searching for beneficiaries of the EU research programme in 2013, one will find that EPITARGET, a research project working on epilepsy and involving 18 research centres received close to €12 million.
Public procurement contracts lower than €15 000 as well as EU staff related information and some confidential items are excluded from the system.
In practice, around 80 % of the EU budget ismanaged by national or regional governments (so called “shared management”). EU Member States are thus responsible for publishing data on the beneficiaries of the funds they administer. These data are not published on FTS but on national websites.
More than 288 000 items are now recorded in FTS for the whole financial period 2007-2013 for a total of almost €136 billion.
What is new in FTS this year
The advanced search by funding types such as grants, public procurement, and budget support has been further refined to allow visitors to do very precise searches in the database.
The Financial Transparency System is operational since 2007. It was created following the European Transparency initiative launched by the Commission in 2005. It is one of the European Commission most important tools to increase EU funding transparency. Since 2008, the data has been published annually, usually by the end of June for the previous financial year.