A Breakdown Of The Money Pit We All Know As The EU Budget.

Do you ever find yourself engaged in a debate about the UK’s place in the EU, then you realize neither you or the person you are debating with actually have a clue how the economy works? If that is so here is a breakdown of how much each country contributes and receives:

Contributions (Million Euros)

  1. Germany        19,671.10
  2. France            18,050.84
  3. Italy                 14,336.22
  4. UK                   11,273.41
  5. Spain                9,876.14
  6. Holland            3,933.27
  7. Belgium           3,345.49
  8. Poland             3,227.80
  9. Sweden           2,866.80
  10. Austria            2,499.17
  11. Denmark         2,120.76
  12. Finland           1,802.80
  13. Greece            1,762.03
  14. Portugal         1,599.40
  15. Czech Rep     1,461.95
  16. Ireland            1,138.96
  17. Romania        1,116.05
  18. Hungary           836.43
  19. Slovakia           576.31
  20. Bulgaria           346.07
  21. Slovenia          326.94
  22. Luxembourg   278.83
  23. Lithuania         257.44
  24. Cyprus             160.15
  25. Latvia               159.75
  26. Estonia            136.67
  27. Malta                 56.32

Contribution average per person (Euros)

  1. Luxembourg     544.76
  2. Denmark            381.39
  3. Finland               335.39
  4. Sweden              304.46
  5. Belgium              304.12
  6. Austria                297.37
  7. France                277.50
  8. Ireland                249.23
  9. Germany            240.62
  10. Holland              236.15
  11. Italy                    235.84
  12. Spain                  213.99
  13. Cyprus                190.71
  14. UK                       180.38
  15. Slovenia             159.47
  16. Greece                155.80
  17. Portugal              151.28
  18. Czech Rep          139.41
  19. Malta                   135.65
  20. Slovakia              106.87
  21. Estonia                101.98
  22. Lithuania              84.33
  23. Poland                  83.77
  24. Hungary               83.76
  25. Latvia                    77.00
  26. Romania               52.12
  27. Bulgaria                46.96

Contributions compared to GDP (%)

  1. Czech Rep   1.01
  2. Malta            0.97
  3. Portugal       0.97
  4. Spain            0.94
  5. Cyprus         0.93
  6. Finland        0.93
  7. Slovenia      0.93
  8. Bulgaria       0.92
  9. Luxembourg 0.91
  10. Ireland         0.91
  11. Italy              0.91
  12. Poland         0.91
  13. Estonia        0.90
  14. Belgium       0.89
  15. France         0.89
  16. Hungary      0.88
  17. Lithuania    0.87
  18. Denmark     0.86
  19. Greece        0.85
  20. Slovakia     0.85
  21. Austria       0.83
  22. Romania    0.83
  23. Latvia          0.79
  24. Germany     0.75
  25. Sweden      0.72
  26. Holland       0.65
  27. UK               0.64

Spending on countries (Million Euros)

  1. Poland           14,440.60
  2. France           13,599.01
  3. Spain             13,162.33
  4. Germany       12,138.98
  5. Italy                  9,585.87
  6. Belgium           6,796.71
  7. UK                    6,570.05
  8. Greece             6,536.93
  9. Hungary          5,330.92
  10. Portugal          4,715.26
  11. Czech Rep       3,029.07
  12. Romania          2,659.47
  13. Holland            2,064.32
  14. Austria             1,875.81
  15. Slovakia          1,785.12
  16. Sweden           1,757.02
  17. Lithuania         1,652.80
  18. Ireland             1,639.45
  19. Luxembourg   1,548.52
  20. Denmark         1,473.07
  21. Finland            1,293.00
  22. Bulgaria           1,107.11
  23. Latvia                  910.98
  24. Slovenia             846.98
  25. Estonia               504.69
  26. Cyprus                183.57
  27. Malta                   135.24

So it is clear by these statistics that Germany is the most generous country in the EU, owing to the fact they have the greatest economy, and Poland receives by far the most compared to how much they contribute. Contributions made by each country compared to their GDP are all quite low, with Czech Republic being the only country that lies above 1% and the UK being the lowest at 0.64%. So it is also clear, to all the Eurosceptics out there, that the UK may contribute a lot compared to what they receive but it is not affecting the economy as greatly as people are led to believe. The UK’s place in the EU may be a generous one, but it is the duty of wealthier countries to help poorer countries in Europe which have been crushed by the USSR and other dictatorships.

Statistics found at: http://ec.europa.eu/budget/figures/interactive/index_en.cfm

Note: most recent statistics found were from 2011, so Croatia is not included in lists.

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