Study on transparency of EU Structural Funds

Beginning with the 2007-2013 programming cycle, and in line with the concept of open government, European cohesion policies are increasingly committed to open data as a means of transparency in order to improve implementation of public policies and to inform the public of Europe’s contribution to local development.

Within this context, the survey of the transparency of European Structural Funds, which started in 2010 as an independent study, was subsequently updated annually within the scope of OpenCoesione. The survey gathered data on accessibility, on the information available, and on the methods of publishing the operations co-financed by the structural funds—now known as the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds)—published on the websites of the managing authorities and/or centrally by the Member State.

Over time, and especially for the latest 2014-2020 programming cycle, this study, which began with the observation and comparative analysis of what is being done by the various Member States following the requirement to publish lists of beneficiaries (Article 69 of Regulation (EU) 1828/2006), has been supplemented with new variables and new indicators.

All annually registered data are published in the Focus Analysis of the Transparency of European Structural Funds of the Open Data section of the website and have been the subject of the following reports: