Bringing Home the Bacon

The European Voice reports to 2009 figures for the biggest net contributors and net recipients of the EU budget. Highlights:

  • Poland finally overtook Greece as the biggest beneficiary, the former received €6.49 billion more than it paid (contributed €3 billion, received €6 billion from the structural funds, the other €3 billion presumably CAP)
  • Germany, as usual, was the biggest contributor, net €8.12 billion per year
  • France was next biggest with €4.74 billion per year (somewhat undermining the notion of the EU has purely a French scheme for German industry to pay French agriculteurs).
  • The UK’s net contribution, after a whopping €5.66 billion rebate, was a mere €1.36 billion.
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