EU Farm subsidies: Commission to increase aid transparency

The Commission has today adopted a proposal designed to apply new rules with regard to the publication of information on the beneficiaries of European agricultural funds.

This legislative review has been prompted by a 2010 judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) which invalidated part of Commission Regulation (EC) 259/2008, particularly as regards the publication of information on individual beneficiaries of the agricultural funds. Today’s proposal takes into account the legal constraints inherent to the protection of personal data by setting certain limits upon the publication of individual names and by asking Member States to publish more detailed information, particularly on the type of aid and the description of the measures for which the funds have been allocated.

‘At a time when many Member States’ national budgets are being squeezed, I consider it vital to inform citizens how the aid from the Union’s Common Agricultural Policy is being spent,’ stated Commissioner Dacian Cioloş, on the day the Commission adopted the new Transparency Regulation.

  • Find the full press release here:

  • Find the draft regulation (not currently available online) here:

 French – FR_COMM(2012)551 German – DE _COMM(2012)551