The EU budget is subject to much discussion these days. Of course, a critical eye is essential to ensure that EU money is being properly managed and spent. However, sometimes myth and reality become intertwined in reports on EU funds.
If you're looking for some key examples on what the EU budget has done in recent years, here are a few you can quote:
The EU funding does have its benefits. Just to highlight a few of them:
- 1.3 million new jobs
- More than 5 000 km of motorways and railways built
- EUR 2.9 million (GBP 2.5 million) loans and investments to SMEs
- 8 Palmes d'Or for EU co-funded films
The European Commission will of course check any reports of problems with the way EU funds are being spent. But lists which pull out a few of the less orthodox projects from thousands funded by the EU and present them in a one-dimensional manner should be looked at with caution. Sometimes projects which may sound slightly bizarre in a 1-2 line description have very strong merits and results – economic, cultural and/or social.