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Letter to Daily Express on EU funding, 20 january 2011

Thursday, January 20th, 2011
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Dear Sirs,

Your coverage of the National Comptroller’s report on EU spending in the UK has me stumped. Given your paper’s frequent criticism of the way that the EU manages its accounts, I would have expected your support when we make efforts to get our house in order. As 80% of EU spending is done through its Member States, any control system has to concern their management of funds as well. And if mistakes are found, they must be rectified.

Yours faithfully
Jonathan Scheele
Head of European Commission Representation in the UK

EU cost- News of the World 9 August 2009

Sunday, August 9th, 2009
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Sirs,

The figures in your article “EU cost”, 9 August 2009, are wrong.

In 2008 the UK did not pay £16.3 billion in the EU budget, but rather 16.3 billion Euro, of which it got back straight away 6.25 billion Euro under what is known the UK rebate. EU budgets are expressed in Euros, so figures should be converted into pounds before being presented to your readership. This means the UK paid about half the sum quoted in your article – 10.11 billion Euro or roughly £8 billion.

Having said that, it’s far too simplistic and perverse to confine the European Union to a price tag. There are an array of benefits  – recognised and supported by a majority of the British public, according to a recent poll – that are difficult to quantify in cash: such as being part of a market of almost 500 million people, a cleaner and safer environment, and better security. It’s like saying that it costs money to buy a house without saying that you need a house in the first place and that you would be in much worse situation without it!

Antonia Mochan,

Head of Media
European Commission Representation, London

EU cost rises by £500m

Sunday, August 9th, 2009
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Britain’s payments to Brussels have rocketed by more than £500 MILLION a year.
(News of the World, 9 August 2009)
New figures reveal we handed over £16.3 BILLION last year – £537 more than the year before”  In 2008 the UK did not pay £16.3 billion in the EU budget, but rather 16.3 billion Euro, of which it got back straight away 6.25 billion Euro under what is known the UK rebate. EU budgets are expressed in Euros, so figures should be converted into pounds. This means that in 2008 the UK paid 10.11 billion Euro or roughly £8 billion.

 

It’s far too simplistic and perverse to confine the European Union to a price tag. There are an array of benefits – recognised and supported by a majority of the British public, according to a recent poll – that are difficult to quantify in cash: such as being part of a market of almost 500 million people, a cleaner and safer environment, and better security. It’s like saying that it costs money to buy a house without saying that you need a house in the first place and that you would be in much worse situation without it!

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