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We're you thinking what the Conservatives were thinking? Did you believe the Lib Dems were the real alternative? Is Labour moving forward not back? This blog will focus on all things political. It will be irritating, agitating and maybe just maybe it will get you thinking.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Balancing the budget...

The following was highlighted by Eupolitix. Now am I wrong - or does it seem that the French come off very well from being members of the EU, and the UK who is being pressed to give up its rebate... well.... not so well.... How interesting.

France will receive €89 billion from Europe’s coffers and the UK just €46bn between 2007 and 2013 using figures circulated by the British EU presidency.

EU diplomats report that figures used by the UK presidency show wide variations in national benefits from EU membership.

Luxembourg scoops the most – netting over €4000 per head under British proposals for the EU financing period for 2007 to 2013.

Belgians pocket €3794 per capita and the Dutch just €810, while Germans, who pay the most to the EU, take back only €940 per head over the seven years.

Britain benefits the least from EU spending with just €776 per capita in receipts forecast for UK citizens in the seven year period.


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