How the British have paid billions for the EU to enlarge itself

Why weren’t the British people told about how their money was being spent?

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We reveal the enormous sums the EU has paid to ‘pre-accession’ countries to join the EU

Last week we published a two-part report on the nine countries the EU is lining up to join its political bloc. We showed that in its attempts to replace the UK, the EU plans to take on nine countries whose combined GDP is a fraction of that of the UK.

Today we reveal just how much money the EU has thrown at these countries – and how much this has cost the UK taxpayer. The EU Commission is shy about revealing all this information, so we will do it.

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The EU’s ‘Pre-Accession’ funding for prospective new members

  • 2007-2013 : €11.5bn
  • 2014-2020 : €12.8bn
  • 2021-2027 : €14.2bn

[Source: EU Commission data.]

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How much has all this cost the British people?

At a very conservative estimate of the UK contributing 12.5%, (we believe it is more), then the British people paid €3 billion (approx £2.6bn GBP) between 2007 and 2020. What we don’t know is how much more the British are paying for all of this as a result of Theresa May’s disastrous ‘Divorce Bill’, which included ‘future commitments’. This could well include the period 2021-2027.

In all of this it should be noted that these figures do not include all the billions the UK paid to the EU for its ‘off-budget’ funds, such as the €6bn paid to Turkey for an ineffective attempt to stem the flow of migrants, nor the €30 billion paid to Africa under a separate fund.

Conveniently Her Majesty’s Treasury never included these transfers in their calculations of the UK’s “net contributions” to the EU.

The EU’s ‘Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance’

There are many poor countries seeking the EU’s largesse for wanting to join its empire. At present there are nine in total, seven of which are officially ‘Candidate Countries’ and a further two who are in advanced talks to achieve this status. The tenth is Turkey, with which the EU has been at loggerheads for the last five years.

At no point in the many years of the United Kingdom’s membership of the EU has the British taxpayer ever been consulted about the billions of pounds the UK has contributed to the EU’s efforts to enlarge itself.

We have previously published many reports about the massive wealth transference to poorer, existing EU Member countries, funded to no small degree by the British taxpayer. Today we lift the lid on the wealth transfers to enable the EU to enlarge itself by taking in new members.

All of this comes on top of the British people’s generosity to existing EU Member countries

For years the British people helped to fund countries from Poland to Romania to improve their infrastucture, giving them sparkling new undergrounds, railway terminuses, roads and motorways. All of this was badged “Funded by the EU”. In reality the British people paid for a significant proportion of this – and received nothing in return. Not even a ‘thank you’.

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Want to travel “EU Class” to work today? Try Poland, courtesy of the UK taxpayer

Łódź has a population of just 685,000, making it smaller than Nottingham. The EU has spent UK money building an underground system there.

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A new Underground for Łódź in Poland

Łódź Fabryczna station - Wikipedia Commons Licence - click to enlarge

In August 2018 the EU Commission approved additional expenditure on top of what it had already sanctioned, for some railway improvements in the city of Łódź, Poland. The last time we checked, the total was nearly £0.6 billion pounds.

Here is the EU’s statement:

“Łódź has two main stations: Łódź Fabryczna and Łódź Kaliska, which are currently not connected to each other. This is a major obstacle to the region’s transport development and an everyday inconvenience for those living in the city.

“In Łódź, the Cohesion Fund is financing the construction of an underground line between the two stations, and to Łódź Żabieniec station in the west of the city.”

- EU Regional & Urban Development Directorate, 28 Aug 2018

Here is what the then EU Commissioner said about this funding for the Lodz railway connection:-

“Soon, those living in the city will be able to get across town faster and will benefit from better interregional connections, with an effective and environmentally friendly transport system.”

- EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Ms Corina Crețu from Bulgaria, 28 Aug 2018


For years the public have been kept in blissful ignorance about the British people’s funding of the EU’s expansionism. Brexit Facts4EU.Org has published many reports about this over the years.

Given the EU Commission’s decisions last week regarding the nine accession countries, we felt that our readers would wish to know the facts. All of the figures above come directly from official data from the EU. Information from EU Commission sources simply can’t be denied by Rejoiners.

If the UK were to re-join the EU it would immediately become liable for its large share of these annual payments, which will now start increasing further.

Another major benefit of Brexit.

With Rejoiners pumping out nonsense on a daily basis, and with the BBC seemingly uninterested in anything which paints the EU in a bad light, it is essential that reports like this one above get out there.

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[ Sources: EU Commission ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Wed 15 Nov 2023

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