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GREENS 2014 | greens 2014

Does the EU waste my money?

How big is the
EU budget?
A

23%

of the EU's GDP

B

13%

of the EU's GDP

C

1%

of the EU's GDP

The EU budget represents a mere 1% of the GDP of all the Member States put together, while national budgets represent a much larger share.

How much of the EU budget is used for administrative costs (salaries, buildings, etc.)?
A

50%

B

27%

C

6%

Only 6% of the EU budget is eaten by administrative costs. The bulk of the budget goes back to the Member States, in the form of subsidies for farmers or projects of regional funds.

How many people work for in the EU institutions?
A

about as many as for the region of Tuscany

B

about as many as many as for central government of Finland

C

about as many as for the City of Paris

Where does the money for the EU budget come from?
A

National Contributions

B

Carbon Tax

C

Financial Transaction Tax

Most of the EU budget comes from contribution of Member States. This makes EU funding unstable. In 2012 Member States were unwilling to give enough money to the Erasmus programme, for example.