What is a beneficiary or recipient of EU funds?
A '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 benefitting from funds through indirect management .
Depending on the management mode, funds may be channelled to the recipients: 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 the beneficiary country's Treasury.
Management modes and where to find information on recipients
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. Information available as from the financial year 2012
Indirect management with partner countries: all contracts (i.e. individual budgetary commitments) awarded by partner countries under indirect management and for which payments are made directly by the European Commission (i.e. contracts above the thresholds for Programme Estimates) can be found on the Funding Recipients Search Tool. These contracts are funded by the financial instruments (including the EDF) managed by DG International Partnerships (former DG International Cooperation and Development - DEVCO) and since 2015, by DG European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR).
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.
Privacy and security
The European Commission is committed to guarantee full transparency regarding how we fund our beneficiaries. See Arts. 37 and 38 of the Financial Regulation.
Please note that the Financial Regulations allows certain contracts not to be published when it is deemed that the security of the contractors/grantees or their business interest could be harmed. Moreover, publication is not required for very low value contracts.
The European Union is committed to user privacy and 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