Recipients of European Union funds
The European Commission is committed to guarantee full transparency on the beneficiaries of funds in line with the requirements of Article 35 of the Financial Regulations. Here you can find the information covering all the methods used in the implementation of external assistance under the responsibility of EuropeAid Co-operation Office, whether financed under the general budget of the EU or the European Development Fund.
Methods to implement external assistance
EuropeAid uses different methods to implement external assistance:
1. Centralised implementation: The European Commission or its delegations implement the programmes directly and is responsible for the award of grants and procurement contracts (including budget support operations). The recipients of funds for these contracts have been published here until the financial year 2011 and are now published exclusively through the Financial Transparency System (FTS) managed by the Directorate-General for Budget as from the financial year 2012 (NB: please select DEVCO as “responsible department” in the search engine).
2.Decentralised implementation: A public administration in the receiving country implements the programme on the basis of a financing agreement signed with the European Commission. The country's administration is responsible for the award of grants and procurement contracts but with a procedure controlled by the EC. The EC services are in regular contact with the concerned implementing partners to ensure that the publication of recipients is addressed in the countries concerned.
In addition the majority of contracts awarded by third countries under decentralised implementation, for which the payements are done by the European Commission can be found on recipients of decentralised contracts.
3. Joint management with international organisations and programmes managed by EU member states agencies: The European Commission (EC) contributes to a project implemented by an international organisation or a EU member state agency which is responsible for the award of grants and procurement contracts on the basis its own procedures. The EC verifies the appropriate use of the funds and is in regular contact with the concerned international organisations to ensure that the publication of recipients of funds is properly addressed.
• World Bank beneficiaries 2012. [158 KB]
• World Bank beneficiaries 2011. [209 KB]
• United Nations agencies beneficiaries 2010 [344 KB] .
• World Bank beneficiaries 2010 [82 KB] .
• Other international organisations beneficiaries 2010 [249 KB] .
• United Nations agencies beneficiaries 2009 [346 KB] .
• World Bank beneficiaries 2009 [71 KB] .
• Other international organisations beneficiaries 2009 [186 KB] .
2007 - 2008
• United Nations agencies beneficiaries 2008 [306 KB]
• World Bank beneficiaries 2008 [77 KB]
• Other international organisations beneficiaries 200 [129 KB] 7
In this context, term "recipient of European Union funds" refers to the legal person that signs a grant contract or a procurement (i.e. the grant beneficiary and/or contractor) with an "entity managing EU funds". Depending on the management mode this entity may be the European Commission, a beneficiary country, an international organisation, or a Community or national agency. Implementing partners of such entitites, identified as such in the relevant financing / contribution / delegation agreements to act as intermediaries for a substantial part of the action, are also considered as "entities managing EU funds". This applies whether the action is fully or partially financed by the European Commission.
Subcontractors or suppliers as well as partners/consortia members of the "recipients of EU funds" are not concerned. In the case of budget support the "recipient of EU funds" is directly the beneficiary country's Treasury.
Please note that it cannot be guaranteed that information available on-line exactly reproduces the facts. In line with the Financial Regulations certain contracts are not published where it is deemed that this could harm the security of the contractors/grantees or their business interest. The European Union is committed to user privacy.