Funding recipients

Funding recipients

The European Commission is committed to guarantee full transparency regarding how we fund our beneficiaries. See Arts. 37 and 38 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 beneficiaries, contractors, remunerated external experts or persons or entities receiving prizes or funds under a financial instrument or implementing funds in indirect management.

Depending on the management mode, the funds may be channelled to the recipents by the European Commission, a partner country, an international organisation,  a Commission executive agency or an EU Member State organisation.

In the case of budget support the 'recipient of EU funds' is directly the beneficiary country's Treasury.

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. Moreover, for very low value contracts publication is not required.

The European Union is committed to user privacy. personal data protection. Processing of personal data by the EU Institutions takes place according to the principles set out in Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies

The Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development 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 the Beneficiaries search tool.

Indirect management with international organisations and with EU Member States organisations: publication is carried out by the entity managing the fund according to the provisions of the contribution agreement.

International organisations beneficiaries:

Framework Agreement with the United Nations

Framework Agreement with the World Bank

Relations with other international organisations


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