Only 9 EU countries pay for the other 18 – and the Commission wants to add 10 more?

Part II of a Facts4EU report on EU enlargement, which the UK has escaped thanks to Brexit

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Which countries pay into the EU and which take out?

On 01 May (2024) the EU Commission celebrated 20 years since its expansion in 2004 to include 10 more member countries. In the following few years they took in three more. All of them have received more than they put in to the EU budget, and have been benefiting ever since.

As a result of Brexit the British people are no longer paying for the bulk of these costs, although thanks to Theresa May’s disastrous ‘Divorce Bill’ they will keep on paying into the EU budget until 2064.

A Brexit Facts4EU.Org Series

Part I – EU celebrates 20 years of the British paying for its expansion
Part II - Which countries pay for the EU and which take? (This report)
Part III – The 10 new EU candidate countries lining up for the billions

So who pays in and who pays out?

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

Total revenues versus total expenditures, 2022 (latest data)

All figures are for 2022, in billions of euros

  • Germany : € -16.7
  • France : € -7.3
  • Netherlands : € -2.6
  • Italy : € -2.1
  • Sweden : € -1.7
  • Austria : € -1.0
  • Ireland : € -0.7
  • Denmark : € -0.5
  • Finland : € -0.5
  • Malta : € 0.1
  • Cyprus : € 0.3
  • Slovenia : € 0.4
  • Estonia : € 0.9
  • Latvia : € 1.1
  • Croatia : € 1.5
  • Bulgaria : € 1.7
  • Lithuania : € 1.8
  • Slovakia : € 2.3
  • Luxembourg : € 2.3
  • Spain : € 2.5
  • Czech Rep : € 3.0
  • Portugal : € 3.1
  • Greece : € 4.1
  • Hungary : € 4.6
  • Romania : € 5.8
  • Belgium : € 6.5
  • Poland : € 12.5

[Source : EU Commission, May 2024.]

9 EU countries subsidised 18 other member countries. If the UK had still been a member, it would have been the second-highest contributor to this transference of wealth.

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In Part III – the 10 new accession countries

In Part III of this series we will look at the 10 countries which the EU Commission has lined up to join its empire. All of them will be net recipients of funding from the small number of richer members. Being relatively poorer they will receive far more than they pay in.


Without Brexit, the British people would have been paying billions towards this wealth transfer.

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Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Tues 07 May 2024

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