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EOSC Future grant: EU FAR – EU Funds by Area Results


The key objective of the EU FAR project was to stimulate the development of granular open data on EU funding. To this end, the work was conducted for Romania by providing open data aligned with the FAIR movement. The information publicly displayed by the project was focused on the EU funds absorbed by local governments in Romania (LAU 2 level). The project covered available data for the entire programming period of 2014-2020.

The activities involved a mix of policy analysis and dissemination work targeting relevant stakeholders at various levels: local, county, regional, national and EU levels. A special focus was placed on rural areas. Deliverables included open database, policy briefs, conference paper, presentations and an open-access academic article. The processing and public display of data made use of Research Data Alliance (RDA) outputs. The project’s outputs are disseminated with the support of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) services and products. The project team envisages a sustainability plan to ensure further uptake of project’s outputs at a larger scale.

The primary impact of the analysis tools is to identify inequalities between different LAU-2 level communities. Analysing the root causes of these inequalities supports informed decision making to reduce the inequalities and support fairly directly the sustainability of the communities. EU FAR will support fact-based, transparent decision making that can help eliminate poverty, supports economic growth and innovative use of infrastructure investments supported by the European Union.

People and organisations

The project brings together expertise from different research fields, such as sociology, economics, public management, geography, and demography, and opens the door for similar exercises at the EU level. The Technical Experts bring added value to the project through their own expertise -data curation, significant expertise in socioeconomic analysis (Bogdan Corad), metadata standards, open resources, dissemination of information (Eugen Glăvan), spatial planning, visual representations, and design of project deliverables (Alin Chiș). 

Monica Marin is a researcher at the Research Institute for Quality of Life and a doctor in Sociology since 2015. She worked as a consultant in over 50 research projects on various topics and published over 50 papers (articles, books, research reports). Her main interests are public management, European funds, poverty and social inclusion, local development, digital inclusion. Monica’s PhD thesis was dedicated to the role of local administrative capacity in European absorption funds for Romanian communes. Her latest publication analyses the funds’ allocation from one of the most important State-budget funded programs in Romania, National Program for Local Development (PNDL), differentiated by county and localities from urban and rural areas.

Project lead: Monica Marin

Project staff: Bodgan Corad, Eugen Glăvan, Alin Chris

Key outputs

·   EU FAR Database on EU funds absorbed by Romanian municipalities (Zenodo and Rohub versions)

·   EU FAR database in DANS:

·   Project’s Zenodo community


More information

·   Documentation: The project has a presentation in both Romanian and English on RIQL website –

·   Downloads:

·   License: CC BY 4.0

·   Contact:,

Sustainable development goals


The transparency aspects of the work will also contribute to “strong institutions” aspect of SDG-16.