The Member States of the European Union publish annually the sums paid from the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) in an online search service. The publication is obligated by Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 of 21 June 2005 on the financing of the common agricultural policy, and the publication method has been clarified with amendment 410/2011. The Finnish Agency for Rural Affairs has implemented a search service, which is used for publishing information on support paid from the funds.
Information published in the service includes the name of the recipient of the support, their taxation municipality, the amount of support paid from EAGF itemised in direct and other support, the amount of support paid from EAFRD and the sum total of the two. The amounts presented in the search service include both the EU and national funding shares. Payment information related to the funds is always published by the end of April for the previous asset management year, which ends in October.
Only support received by legal entities is published in the search service. Legal entities are: states, municipalities, joint authorities, parishes, foundations, associations, limited companies, cooperatives, general partnerships, limited partnerships and educational institutions.
Data related to physical persons cannot be published in an online search service pursuant to an advance ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the protection of privacy. For this reason, information may not be published in the search service, if the recipient of the support is one of the following: private individual, family-owned company, consortium, estate, jointly-owned forest, business name, production ring.