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Transparency Index

payments by year

The farmsubsidy.org Transparency Index is a way of comparing how well EU member states are doing at providing information on who gets what from the Common Agricultural Policy.

The scores are out of 100 and are weighted averages based on a number of criteria including: the number of years for which data has been released; the amount of detail in the data, e.g. geographical location, description of subsidy schemes, date, currency etc; the format of disclosure (we give extra points for disclosure of raw data in a machine-readable format and we penalise disclosure in PDF files). They are calculated and regularly updated by Nils Mulvad, co-founder of farmsubsidy.org.

Countries that release comprehensive and detailed data in a machine-readable format will score highly. A country that simply follows the EU law on disclosure will score around 35%. We classify countries scoring above 50% as good (shaded green on the map), countries scoring above 30% as poor (shaded amber) and less than 30% as really bad (shaded red).

We welcome countries that have worked with us to improve their transparency scores, such as the governments of Lithuania and Malta. The best way for countries to score highly is to release to us the highly detailed 'matrix' data files that they are required by law to submit to the European Commission for audit purposes. Currently only Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom have released their matrix files but we hope other countries will follow suit and thereby climb further up the Transparency Index.

You can view how the scores were calculated here.

Rank Country Score
1st Sweden 92%
2nd Denmark 91%
3rd United Kingdom 89%
4th Lithuania 85%
5th Estonia 74%
5th Czech Republic 74%
7th Belgium 66%
8th Malta 62%
9th Romania 58%
10th Hungary 54%
11th Bulgaria 49%
12th Slovenia 48%
12th Latvia 48%
14th Poland 47%
15th Austria 46%
15th Finland 46%
17th Spain 44%
18th Slovakia 43%
19th Ireland 42%
19th Germany 42%
21st France 39%
21st Cyprus 39%
23rd Portugal 35%
23rd Netherlands 35%
23rd Italy 35%
26th Luxembourg 32%
27th Greece 25%