Brussels, 16 April (STA) - The EU budget recorded a surplus of EUR 2.25bn in 2009 or 1.9% of the budget, according to the European Commission. The contributions of member states will thus be lower this year and Slovenia will pay EUR 6.9m less in 2010.
The 2009 surplus was 0.4 percentage points higher than in 2008, which the Commission contributes mostly to the value of other currencies in the EU compared to the euro.
The budget surplus has meanwhile been drastically reduced from the beginning of the decade, as it was 90% lower in 2009 than in 2001.
"The low level of surplus funds in 2009 demonstrates that we direct EU funds efficiently where agreed needs lie and that every euro paid into the EU budget is used for the benefit of our citizens," pointed out European Financial Programming and Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski.
The largest contributors to the EU budget will save the most in 2010 as a result of last year's surplus. Germany will pay EUR 459m less, France EUR 372m, the UK EUR 306m, Italy EUR 288m and Spain EUR 196m less.