EU Spending Revolutionized by Open Data

December 21, 2015 7:00 am PDT | Open Data, Public Finance

The European Commission, the operational arm of the European Union, in partnership with Socrata recently launched a massive open data site, accounting for €450 billion across 28 countries and over 500 programs.

The new site enables users to visualize spending data by country, fund, and theme, such as education and vocational training.

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Users can easily drill down into the data and supporting goals that matter most to them.

This monumental launch was covered by POLITICO’s Ryan Heath who wrote “until now, finding out just where the money was supposed to be going was a complicated process that only experts could navigate. Now information is collected in one place, searchable and free to use.”

The site was developed in less than two months  and works seamlessly on mobile devices. Proposed spending through 2020 is available online. European Commission staff, academics, and citizens now have the ability to understand and interpret how the budget is being distributed and what goals are associated with each expenditure.

“European structural and investment (ESI) funds foster prosperity. They help regions and cities capitalize on the talent of their people. Member States must now make the most out of the ESI fund opportunities,” said Corina Crețu, Commissioner for Regional Policy. The open data site will make these investments more transparent and accessible for all.

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