So Belgians get totally screwed by the EU.
Posted on 1/16/18 | 4:24 AM CET
Why isn’t Germany paying their fair share?
Posted on 1/16/18 | 4:28 AM CET
Completely meaningless article without showing rebate/funds recieved back.
Posted on 1/16/18 | 7:32 AM CET
Denmark is represented two times in the lower graph
Posted on 1/16/18 | 7:42 AM CET
Just an EU guy
“GNI-based contributions are in theory simple, based on the share of each Member State in the total EU GNI. However, the introduction of many corrections or reductions for some Member States has led to increased divergence between the share of some Member States in the total EU GNI, and the share of these same Member States in the total of contributions which finance the EU budget. Transparency is hindered by the fact that GNI-based contributions are treated very differently in national budgets .”
They have been facing criticism for their complexity, non-transparency and for being the result of political bargaining during budgetary negotiations.
When the UK withdraws from the EU, the UK correction will become obsolete. This will also be the case for what are called the ’rebates on the rebate’, i.e. the reductions which Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden benefit from the financing of the UK correction. As a consequence, the largest part of the regressive effects of the ‘per capita burden’ on the revenue side which are due to the UK correction will also disappear — all else being equal. In this context, other financing issues which are closely connected to the UK correction, and which have been so far difficult to reform for this reason, should be re-examined”
src: “high report on future financing of the UE”
Posted on 1/16/18 | 7:46 AM CET
I guess this show’s the ‘expense account’ mentality of EU commission employees. They only buy their coffee from expensive coffee shops (with our money). Most people make their daily coffee at home where it costs about 25 euro cents (or 20p in GBP). So actually the UK contribution in roughly 3.5 cups of coffee.
Posted on 1/16/18 | 7:55 AM CET
It would be interesting to see also the benefits for every country. Belgium (and Luxemburg) might have a high contribution, but they also have great (indirect) benefits with the European institutions within their borders
Posted on 1/16/18 | 8:11 AM CET
There was some article on politico about year ago… and Luxemburg and Belgium were definitely the biggest benefiters.
Posted on 1/16/18 | 8:44 AM CET
Working that through the eu costs every person in the UK around 200 pounds per year.
Whilst everyone pays tax to some extent or other, including vat on that cup of coffee, far fewer people actually earn money to pay for it. So with some 26 million income tax payers the cost to each of those is some 450£ and they are giving free coffee to each of those not earning enough to pay tax or on benefits.
All imperfect ways to calculate the costs of an organisation such as the eu so perhaps it ought to be related to the costs per family unit plus intangibles such as higher food and beverage costs due to the eu cartels which often means we pay above world market prices.
I can imagine the reaction if each citizen got an annual bill for their eu membership
Posted on 1/16/18 | 8:55 AM CET
Actually, the term ‘cost’ is confusing. Since about 94% of the EU budget is reinvested, the real costs are the administration of the Union, i.e. 6% of the budget, or €9918 million in 2017. With 508 million people, this comes to €19,52 per citizen a year, or 5,3 cents a day. So Juncker and Politico are both wrong. This morning, I paid €1,80 for my ‘café crème’ in a Parisian bar, which means that even the first sip was more expensive than the EU.
Posted on 1/16/18 | 9:20 AM CET
The U.K. gets a better deal than most EU countries in terms of both cash and coffee.
Posted on 1/16/18 | 9:23 AM CET
Hugo von Bahnhof
and now have a look who profits directly (e.g., agricultural payment) and indirectly (seat of European institutions and agencies) from these contributions.
Posted on 1/16/18 | 9:32 AM CET
“In this new “EU Coffee Index,” POLITICO ranks each member country, using the EU’s own statistics, according to how much citizens pay the EU (so disregarding money each country receives back such as regional or research funding), and how much coffee (with milk) that costs them.”
In a quick recalculation of the German contribution to the “EU coffee” I get 0.84€ times approximately 80 million Germans and 365 days/year a value grater than 24 billion Euros, which is still above the 23.273 billion, which are displayed on the referenced webpage for Germany in year 2016 (graph for “revenue” and “total national contribution”).
I strongly advice the authors to review their calculations and to correct them where appropriate.
The claim that the daily “coffee” expenditures disregard the money going back to the countries via e.g. agricultural funds cannot be maintained and has to be corrected!!
@Nikita: The contribution of a country to the budget is to a large extend based on the gross national income (GNI), which is different from country to country and different per capita.
@Orthogonal: Try to get out of the corner of polemic.
Posted on 1/16/18 | 9:40 AM CET
This article is pointless and meaningless as I don’t drink coffee, I drink the traditional European drink of boiled cabbage water
Posted on 1/16/18 | 9:43 AM CET
That is a really bad article if you don´t show the hidden costs of EU money policy.
Posted on 1/16/18 | 10:48 AM CET
Do you really believe EU membership costs can be rendered down for citizens to a cup of coffee a day.
Ok define the individual region budget deficit model as a indicator of expenditure that exceeds revenue? And quantify the cost to risk?
Define the deferential relevance to the budget deficit for all twenty member states and level all to a common reference to government spending rather than GNI, business or individual spending then apply to all or one of these entities.
Then explain as a clear sum the RAL risk to all twenty eights budget deficits.
And I will call a 2023
Posted on 1/16/18 | 10:59 AM CET
The point here is that pretty much everyone has some sort of benefits from EU for the price of a cup of coffee. Now haters gone hate asking why my coffee costs 0.79 whereas in Romania costs only 0.25 while having spent (in the past) 300 EUR on roaming charges in their vacation to Mediterranean.
Posted on 1/16/18 | 11:08 AM CET
Completely meaningless article: where are the prices of cappuccino? And why not consider the net ?
Not worth the bits
Posted on 1/16/18 | 11:12 AM CET
Like all statistics, what did or didn’t they factor in. Did they factor in bail out money for the Greeks, did they factor in that Belgium gets lots of EU Agencies, buildings and extremely well paid workers and subsequent benefits that gives.
Posted on 1/16/18 | 11:18 AM CET
Completely ignoring the political costs.
Posted on 1/16/18 | 11:25 AM CET
Come on Alex, you are a clever guy, the reality here is how many ‘cappuccinos’ one has actually to pay for…. Importantly the ‘cappuccinos’ one is never necessarily accountable for. Replace ‘cappuccinos’ with direct EU commission “taxation” it is all intimately political propaganda.
Posted on 1/16/18 | 11:56 AM CET
Sorry Alex for my spelling and grammar, I am/was travelling on a でんしゃ/train in Ino Japan
Posted on 1/16/18 | 12:27 PM CET
This is of course a meaningless exercise if the moneys received from the EU are not taken into account. And the comparison to the local cost of a cup of coffee (with milk). Come on. Be serious. Where is the comparison to the average local income or to the overall local cost of living. I am Belgian, and paying a euro a day to keep us without wars for 70 years for a mere Euro a day seems peanuts to me. How much can we spend less on defense because we live with this burden of this Euro a day? Please write that article if you want to make sense.
Posted on 1/16/18 | 1:34 PM CET
In my calculation of the net costs given above for Britons, we are talking about 200£ per person. That is before paying the tax needed to end up with 200£
A Typical family of four would therefore be invoiced 800£. They would need to earn at least 1100£ before tax to end up with that final amount.
That puts it in a different perspective. I wonder how many families would smile as they paid an annual membership fee of this size to the EU in the form of an invoice sent to them directly?
As others point out it is difficult to reduce the eu to merely a figure such as this, whether you approve of it or not. The political nature of it, its leaders and the way it is heading is of more importance to me than the cost.
However, I suspect if the Uk Leave campaign were able to afford to send out mock invoices of this size to every family in the country it would cause many remainers to rethink their support
Posted on 1/16/18 | 4:54 PM CET
Please remember it is nato and not the eu, that has kept Europe at peace for the last 70 years, and some of us have paid much more than other countries to the nato budget to secure that peace.
Posted on 1/16/18 | 5:02 PM CET