European transparency initiative
European citizens are entitled to know how their money is used. Making public the information on who receives EU funding is one of the key objectives of the European transparency initiative.
The European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and its predecessor the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) are managed by national authorities under a system known as 'shared management'. Each year, countries that receive such funding must publish at least the following information:
- names of beneficiaries who have been allocated funding from EFF or FIFG after 1 May 2007
- name of the operation being funded
- the amount of public funding allocated to that operation.
On 9 November 2010, the Court of Justice of the EU ruled (in joined cases C-92/09 and C-93/09) that the names of EU funding beneficiaries who are natural persons should not be published.
Therefore lists of beneficiaries published on national websites will no longer include names of individuals. The Commission is working on the necessary legal modifications to comply with this ruling.