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The EU's "own resources" are made up out of a marginal % of national VAT taxes (0.5%, with some reductions for the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden IIRC), customs duties (75% of those), and direct national contributions based on GNI. The latter account for the bulk of the money.

The EU's budget will make up around 1.04% of its total GNI under the current framework (2007-2014) and since the national contributions will ultimately have to be financed through taxes of some sort or another, I guess you could say that the EU-Member State distribution is about 2/98 (assuming an average level of taxation of 50%).

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Fri Feb 2nd, 2007 at 05:15:49 AM EST
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