Published on 21-10-11
The administration budget for the European Commission in 2011 is EUR 3.3 billion including salary costs. This is 2.3% of an overall EU budget of EUR 142 bn.
The EU's admin costs as a whole, including staff and pension costs for the Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and all other institutions, represent under 6% of the overall EU budget. That overall EU budget in turn represents about 1% of EU GDP.
The EU's budget for 27 Member States is less than the national budget of a single medium-sized country like the Netherlands.
The European Commission employs just under 30 000 people, including all temporary and ancillary staff - Birmingham City Council employs 60 000.
The UK's gross contribution to the EU budget in 2011 will be about EUR 13bn of which about EUR 0.3bn will go to admin costs.
The UK's so-called "net contribution " (broadly, gross contribution minus EU funds spent in the UK) for 2009 is estimated at around EUR 1.9bn - later years depend on final figures for grants etc, not yet available. The figures vary by year depending on exchange rates and various other factors.