The European Commission is committed to guarantee full transparency regarding how we fund our beneficiaries. See Art. 35 of the Financial Regulation.
What is a beneficiary or recipient of EU funds?
In this context, the term "recipient of European Union funds" refers to the legal person who signs a grant contract or a procurement contract (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 partner country, an international organisation, or a Commission executive agency or an EU Member State national agency.
Implementing partners of such entities, 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.
Privacy and security issues
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.
DG Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid publishes information on recipients for the following management modes:
Direct management: The recipients of funds for these contracts are 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).
Indirect management with partner countries: all contracts awarded by partner countries under indirect management and for which payments are done directly by the European Commission (i.e. contracts above the thresholds for Programme Estimates) can be found on EU aid explorer.
Indirect management with international organisations and with 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 by these organisations. In addition, a summary of contracts awarded is provided below for international organisations.
International organisations beneficiaries: