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Frequently asked questions

Why can I find data only on amounts awarded in past? Will the information be updated?

This website presents data from 2007 onwards. We cannot publish final information until the accounts have been closed for the financial year in question. This means that, to publish data for a given year, we must wait until halfway through the following year.

Why is data on certain funding types available only for recent years?

The Financial Transparency System is being built in stages, to take into account the work involved in extracting data from the central accounting system and adapting this system to the requirements of publication on an external website.

Information on procurement contracts has been included on this site only as of 2009. However, this information can still be found on the individual websites of Commission departments. Other forms of funding types, i.e. prizes, will be published separately as of 2013.

Why can I find information only on some of the amounts awarded from the EU budget?

This site publishes data on beneficiaries of various funding types managed directly by the Commission’s departments, its staff in the Union’s delegations, or executive agencies.

However, the bulk of the EU budget is not directly administered by the Commission.

Farm and regional development subsidies inside the EU, for example, are managed by national governments and some aid to countries outside the EU is administered by the local governments or by international organisations authorised by the Commission.

These authorities are responsible for publishing their own data, and the Commission has agreed with them on publication contents and modes. This information is available on national websites.

Why is there no information on procurement contracts under €15,000 as 2012?

The new financial rules (from 2013) do not allow the publication of low-value contracts from 2012.

Why can I find information on commitments but not on payments?

Any amount awarded to a beneficiary must first be booked in a budget line in the form of a commitment. The amount committed is a fundamental element of the legal agreement. As many agreements last several years, with the committed amount being spread over that time, annual information on payments cannot give a view of the overall value of the agreement. Therefore the site focuses only on commitments (except for some administrative expenditure where this approach does not apply).

Can I sort the beneficiaries by type of organisation, such as "university", "consultancy"?

No – the database does not contain this information. The Commission collects only the type of information necessary to carry out the required payments and other financial operations. Beneficiaries are not obliged to indicate which type of organisation they are, only whether they represent an individual (private person) or an organisation. For financial year 2016 data onwards, you can search for Non-governmental organizations (NGO) and Not-for-profit organizations (NFPO).

Why don't the amounts I find through the financial transparency system match the allocated expenditure figures in the Commission's annual Financial Report ?

FTS and the Financial Report cover completely different ground:


Financial Report

Amounts awarded ("committed") to beneficiaries in a given year

Amounts actually paid out to the EU countries associated with the beneficiaries

Information on funds managed by the Commission centrally, across all headings

Structured around the policy headings of the 2007-13 financial framework

Uses the address of the beneficiary as the sole indication of its nationality, since this is the relevant information from an accounting point of view

Uses criteria such as the location of the project activity, which can differ from the address/country of the beneficiary recorded in the Commission's accounting system

What about beneficiaries of the European Development Fund (EDF)?

As EDF expenditure is not part of the EU budget it was not initially included in the FTS. However, the current edition of the EDF (i.e. the so called 10th EDF), is subject to the same publication rules as other EU expenditure. The information on commitments for the 10th EDF is available on this site as of 2010. See also the EuropeAid website for information on all forms of external assistance, including EDF.

What about beneficiaries of EU Trust Funds?

The new Financial Regulation (2013) allows the EU to set up trust funds managed by the Commission - information on funds awarded by the Commission to these trust funds is not published at the moment on this website. More information on the funding of the trust funds could be found on EU Aid Explorer.

When is the data updated?

All data relating to one financial year are published in one step the following year by end of June. By example, data relating to financial year 2013 will be published by end of June 2014. Multiple checks are performed to ensure the highest data quality and integrity, however in case an issue would be discovered after publication, a correction would be made. This was the case on 08 November 2013 when a correction was made to financial year data 2012 published on FTS. 39 commitment positions have been added to the publication, on a total of 32.172 published for 2012. This correction was necessary due to a technical issue affecting the publication of data covering financial year 2012 only.

Limited compatibility when consulting the FTS website on mobile devices

When consulting this website from a mobile device (smartphone, tablet) you might experience stability issues, where no result is displayed after clicking the "Search" button. We are currently investigating this.

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.