Why does the Netherlands pay so much to the EU compared to other Member States? Shouldn’t each Member State pay the same?

Two issues:

  1. The contribution is related to GNP, not to the population.

Rich countries such as the Netherlands pay more than poorer countries such as Romania

  • An important source of income from the EU is the import duties levied at the external borders.
  • Because the port of Rotterdam is so large, many import duties are also levied, and they are counted as a Dutch contribution. But that is just a sham: if there would be no EU, a large part (I think most) of those import duties would not go to the Netherlands but to Germany.

    In other words, the Netherlands pays more than most countries, because it is a rich country, but the difference is not as big as it seems, because there are also cases in the Dutch contribution that are not really from the Netherlands.

    Yes of course.Luxembourg must pay as much as Germany. It is a pity that the whole of the Luxembourg budget is in keeping with the EU contribution and that there is no more money left to maintain roads, to keep schools open and to pay the police, government and Parliament. We will not be talking about even smaller country like Cyprus and Malta or relatively poor as Croatia, Latvia and Lithuania. Seems to me on closer inspection no convenient cost allocation.

    Oh, per head of the population, then?Or in proportion to the income per capita x population?

    This ticket gives GDP per capita for Europe.

    It seems clear to me that it would be unreasonable to ask Greece as much per capita as the dark green EU countries. Then the Greeks would have to transfer almost their entire tax revenue to the EU and do nothing to repay their (already unbearable) indebtedness. The same applies to Latvia and Lithuania. The inhabitants there earn per capita less than Dutch and Germans pay taxes.

    The EU is a bit like a marriage.Just look at what the separation triggers now the United Kingdom wants. In a marriage the partners bring in different qualities. The aim is to create an added value over the individual partners.

    Similarly with the EU.

    For example, we have relatively few external borders: only the (air) ports.Other countries have thousands of kilometres of external borders. Seems to me weird to require those outside border countries to pay for our border surveillance.

    In the past, countries such as Spain, Portugal and Ireland have been successful with support from the northern European countries, with the result that a stronger economy is now able to contribute much more to the EU. That was a meaningful investment, and we are also now picking the fruit.In the above picture, for example, Ireland has gone from light to dark green within a year or twenty. It is similar to what the Marshall Plan (European Recovery Program) yielded for both the donor country, the US, and the recipients, the European countries that could build their economies with the money.

    Within the Netherlands, too, it is not the same that all provinces should contribute equally to the national budget.Would also be weird. In Zuid-Holland 10 x Live as many people as in Zeeland. And yet it can only be that there is as much money for coastal defence to Zeeland as to South Holland.

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