2012 Buget: Expenses evolution

After describing the European Union sources of money and the expenses categories, we will now look at the evolution of these expenses in the previous years.

General trend over the last years.

The proposed budget for 2012 amounts for about 280 billions of euros, it is a clear increase from last year (between 4 and 5%). The increase between 2012 and 2011 was more moderate (2 to 3 %). The following graphs will help us.

Total EU budget for 2010 to 2012, in billions of euros.

Increase of the EU budget, as a percentage from the previous year.

We can also look more closely at the evolution of the different categories. We see that the small expenses lines are not changing much (Administration, Citizenship, EU as a world actor), while the two big pieces (Natural ressources and Growth) vary much more.

Evolution of expenses categories from 2010 to 2012.

Long term evolution: payments.

We can also look at the long-term evolution over the multi-annual frame from 2007 to 2013, the payments, i.e. the bills to pay. Again, let’s look at the graphs.

Total payments since 2007, in millions of euros.

Increase of payments as percentage from previous year.

Evolution of payments, as percentage of the 2007 level.



Those graphs show clearly that the EU budget is increasing. It is important to note that the EU budget increase was important from 2009 to 2010 and decreased since. Moreover, the increase is not homogenous over the different categories of expenses.


One Comment on “2012 Buget: Expenses evolution”

  1. […] 2011 | Author: Greg Henning | Filed under: Budget2012 | Leave a comment » We cannot look at the expenses evolution of the European Union without turning our eyes to the evolution of the member states contribution […]

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