According to new EU transparency rules that have been in force since 1 June 2015, EU Member States are obliged to publish lists of beneficiaries of agricultural payments. Such lists must be published by each Member State’s Ministry of Agriculture. They need to include the name of the beneficiary, the amount of the payments and a description of the project in question. These rules are part of the 2013 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. They also belong to the broader objective of the Commission to improve transparency regarding the use of the EU budget. However, the transparency of agricultural payments must be balanced with the protection of the beneficiaries’ personal data, the Commission stated.