EU Funds & Budget


The EU budget – including the large chunks of funds that go into agriculture, structural adjustments and regional policy – is administered in shared competence between the EU and its member states. Understanding where exactly the money is spent is close to impossible as proper information and usable databases are lacking. Furthermore, the current systems to protect the EU budget against corruption are scattered; oversight is legally and administratively limited.


All EU funds and their beneficiaries – whether administered by the EU institutions or by EU member states – should be published in a transparent way, making them available on a single, citizen-friendly website. This information should also downloadable as well-structured open data so that they can be analysed by civil society and journalists. Reporting mechanisms for misuse of funds and corruption need to be in place to encourage those witnessing fraud and corruption to report it. Sanctioning and prosecution mechanisms need to be effective, including where cases go beyond borders.

TI EU Public Statements:

Written contributions to EC Consultations:

  • October 2012: TI-EU letter to EU Budget Commissioner Lewandowski on the lack of coherence in EU funds beneficiaries transparency provisions in different legislative procedures (EU-level funds, EU agricultural funds, EU structural funds). Read more.
  • April 2008: TI Contribution to the 2008 budget review. Read more.
  • March 2006: TI Recommendations for the Development and Implementation of an effective Debarment System in the EU. Read more.

Blogs posts specific to the campaign:

Fudging the Eurozone budget rules

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Budget -

Brussels, 28 July 2016 – Yesterday the European Commission effectively proposed to cancel sanctions against Spain and Portugal foreseen by EU budget rules, subject to the approval of Eurozone governments. While more flexible budget rules are welcome, their reinterpretation must …

Posted 28 Jul 2016 No Comments


EU Budget, EU Public Procurement, Uncategorized -

A guest post by Anna Alberts of Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. Anna leads the EU research project She has a degree in international development studies and international relations and worked as desk officer for data- and geopolitics at the …

Posted 20 Jun 2016 No Comments

Renaming the English Channel and the need for open budgets

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All this talk of the UK referendum and Brexit is bringing back old stories about the EU peddled by the British press. We’ve all heard the stories about Brussels banning bendy bananas or curvy cucumbers. But there are many more …

Posted 8 Apr 2016 No Comments

Read more:

  • EU Budget
  • news:

    • 25 September 2012: European Commission proposal for transparency of EU Common Agricultural Funds (CAP) transparency.
    • 11 June 2012: Commission proposal for a Directive on the fight against fraud to the Union’s financial interests by means of criminal law. See the Commission proposal.
    • 6 July 2012: The European Commission amends its original proposal for the EU long-term budget 2014-2020 (see new proposal)



    • 29 February 2012: Following a freedom of information request by Friedrich Lindenberg (Open Knowledge Foundation) via, the EU budgets 2010-12 have been published for the 1st time in machine-readable, open data formats.
    • 10 May 2011: Based on TI EU proposals, the 2009 budget discharge of the European Commission (PDF) contains the following demand from the European Parliament (our highlights):”Reiterates its belief that transparency is one of the main instruments in achieving legal and regular expenditure and believes that the objective should be the creation of a single and comprehensive online system (a central database) which can be accessed easily by any individual and would therefore allow the public to have easy access to full and complete information about the expenditure of the Union by budget line and by beneficiary; insists that the Commission collect data regarding the beneficiaries of funds in that central database and make the data collected easily accessible and user-friendly; further requests that the data be published in a comparable, machine-readable, searchable and open data format in one of the official languages of the Union

    reference documents:

    • 2009 Budget Discharge of the European Commission (published in 2011) containing a chapter on “Transparency” (see page 28-29) following proposals put forward by the TI EU office


    Contact details

    Nick Aiossa
    EU Policy Officer
    T: + 32 (0)28 93 24 60