Graham Charles Lear
3 min readApr 15, 2019

Only 87.3% of the EU 2017 budget was allocated to member states

Where did the rest go?

The EU Commission, Parliament, and its various organs spent almost €12 BILLION euros (over £10 billion pounds) on ‘administration’, according to the latest EU accounts for 2017.

That’s the equivalent of the UK’s entire annual net contribution to the EU, spent on ‘ADMIN’ — £10 billion per year.

The banks of Germany and the United Kingdom

Where the money goes is of course highly relevant to the 9 member states who actually make a net payment to the EU. The UK is the second-largest of these ‘net contributors’ after Germany, and these two countries effectively subsidize a large proportion of the EU’s activities.

Where did the missing €22 billion in 2017 go?

There are two main areas: the EU Administration and ‘Global Europe’.

These break down as follows:

Only 87.3% of EU expenditure could be allocated to individual member states

EU administration — €11.8 billion (approx £10 billion pounds)

Global Europe’ — €9.8 billion (approx £8.5 billion pounds)

TOTAL — €21.6 BILLION (approx £18.5 billion pounds)

Far more was actually spent outside the EU than on ‘Global Europe’, but these sums do not appear in the EU’s annual budget. The EU has created separate and additional funds in order to make the picture look better than it is.

This €21.6 billion euros represents over 12.6% of the EU’s voted annual budget for 2017 — the last published set of EU accounts.

This is for one year — 2017 and it is typical of previous years.

What Is ‘Global Europe’?

This used to be referred to as ‘The EU in a Global World’ and other such phrases. Now it’s ‘Global Europe’, as the EU never has been lacking in pretensions to its own importance.

The EU describes this part of its spending thus:

“Global Europe covers all external action (or foreign policy) carried out by the EU. It includes the enlargement process, development assistance, humanitarian aid and response to crises, with the exception of development cooperation with the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries as well as overseas countries and territories of the EU, for which the EDF provides aid.

External spending

EU taxpayers probably assume that the money they give to the EU via their governments — especially those taxpayers who are resident in net contributor countries such as the UK — is spent in the EU.

It may, therefore, come as a surprise to many that only 87.3% is spent in ways attributable to EU member states. The fact that almost €10 billion of the EU’s basic annual budget is spent outside the EU will come as a surprise to many.

In the UK there is currently a hot debate about 0.7% of GDP which the UK spends on foreign aid. The €10 billion per year is spent by the EU outside its borders amounts to 6.1% of its total adopted budget for 2017.

It gets worse

The above figures relate only to the EU’s official annual budget, not to all its activities outside the EU. It does not cover all of the EU’s spending outside the EU and it does not account for the facts that huge additional sums are also paid through other vehicles.

In other words, the picture is, in fact, worse than the figures in this article suggest.


When it comes to the EU administration in Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg and elsewhere, and the cost of funding all those salaries, pensions, limos, wine cellars and the rest, Remoaners may think that almost €12 billion in a year is a bargain. That’s £10 billion pounds.

Implications for Brexit

It’s a sad fact that for decades the BBC and other media organizations have been missing in action when it comes to informing the British public about the true nature of the EU.

It is only by constantly researching and highlighting facts like those above that the British people will come to realize the true extent of the deception that has been perpetrated on them for so long. This, in turn, will help to increase the pressure on Conservative MPs to reject the absurd deal that Mrs. May has already agreed and to eject her from office.



Graham Charles Lear

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.