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DutchCrusader



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10/06/2009 11:28

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Every Dutchmen (16,5 million) is charged about 100 Euros per year to keep the EU working/afloat.

Every Dutchmen benefits from the membership of the EU with 2.000 Euros per year.



Anyone an idea about the real figures for the UK?



TRNCVaughan


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10/06/2009 11:41

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That makes Holland a net beneficiary. As far as I know the UK is a net contributor, but I don't know by how much...



ricky


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Message Posted:
10/06/2009 13:43

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UK net contributor, I have my doubts...???



Arek Naw


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10/06/2009 14:07

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This should answer some of your questions



http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8036097.stm



jobstogo


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11/06/2009 22:38

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i read somewere it was 26,000000 a week we pay



Aussie


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12/06/2009 13:18

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Whilst the EU free trade and labour movement does provide some synergies in boasting overall EU productivity and the economy generally its extremely unlikely that this is enough to make each EU citizen or country a net beneficiary.



I always understood the UK and Germany paid the most and got the least back and the newer and poorer members received the most per capita to offset this. Countries like Belgium obviously benefit from having a lot of EU staff and administrative infrastructure as well which probably provide a multiplier boost to domestic taxes and incomes etc which is difficult to calculate/ allocate.



The net contributions section (total and by population) on Arek Naw's link is interesting.



Per capita Greece gains the biggest net benefit of 500 euros per capita.



Aussie



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