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16/04/2010 00:00:00

EU spending in 2009 corresponded closely to the adopted budget. The figures released on 15 April 2010 by the European Commission show a surplus of €2.25bn (£1.9 billion), amounting to 1.9% of the 2009 budget (€113.410bn or £99 bn). The surplus will be deducted from Member States contributions to the 2010 budget.

Janusz Lewandowski, EU Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget, pointed out that “the low level of leftover funds in 2009 demonstrates that we direct EU funds efficiently where agreed needs lie and that every euro paid into the EU budget is used for the benefit of our citizens". He also underlined that "the EU budget surplus will be entered as revenue into the 2010 budget, therefore amounting to real savings for Member States in their contributions to the current year's EU budget."

Financial management reforms introduced over the past years have seen budget surpluses fall dramatically by 90% since 2001.

The 2009 surplus (1.98%) is slightly higher than in 2008 (1.5%). This is mainly due to fluctuations in exchange rate differences.

Evolution of EU budget surplus

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Reductions of the Member States' contributions to the 2010 budget

Since EU rules set out that the EU budget must be balanced over the year, any leftover cash is shifted to the next year's budget. For Member States this means a reduction of their respective contribution to the following EU budget.

    The table below provides the figures of the exact amount of reductions to the 2010 EU budget for each Member States, based on the 2009 surplus. The amount is calculated on the basis of each country's Gross National Income (GNI).

     

     

    € million1

     

     

    MemberState

    Surplus of the 2009 budget

     

     

    Belgium

    64,8

    Bulgaria

    6,5

    Czech Republic

    24,4

    Denmark

    45,9

    Germany

    459,1

    Estonia

    2,5

    Ireland

    25,7

    Greece

    46,2

    Spain

    196,2

    France

    371,6

    Italy

    287,9

    Cyprus

    3,4

    Latvia

    3,4

    Lithuania

    5,0

    Luxembourg

    5,5

    Hungary

    16,0

    Malta

    1,1

    Netherlands

    110,6

    Austria

    52,1

    Poland

    54,6

    Portugal

    29,5

    Romania

    24,8

    Slovenia

    6,9

    Slovak Republic

    13,2

    Finland

    34,2

    Sweden

    56,1

    United Kingdom

    306,2 [1]

     

     

    Total

    2 254

     

     

    (1) rounded figures

     

     

    For more information, please contact the London press office on 020 7973 1971.

    Please note: all amounts expressed in sterling are for information purposes only.

    [1] About £268 million

    Last update: 30/10/2010  |Top