A look inside the EU budget and what the numbers mean (Guardian Data Blog)


As part of their Europa series, the Guardian Data Blog recently posted an article about the EU Budget, focusing mainly on what the EU spends and where its money comes from. The article uses several visual graphics that allow us to see the most detailed recent numbers of the EU budget. The graphics illustrate the statistics of the countries who have been giving out the most money as well as those who have been receiving the most, with a whopping 7.8 billion Euros going to Poland. 

The article gives helpful information about how all of these numbers break down and what they mean. The article explains that "most of the EU's money comes from member nation contributions, 108.5 billion EUR in 2010". Because of the fact that this is not completely straightforward to everyone, the Guardian's own graphic artist, Paul Scruton, visualises the data for us, so that it is easier to understand (see above). The data goes on to tell us that, "the biggest item of spending is the Common Agricultural Policy - which incorporates rural development and a small amount on fisheries."

More importantly though, is the fact that full datasets and spreadsheets of all the EU budget data is made available at the end of the article for anyone to read and make use of. This enables readers to not only get a glimpse into the EU's personal spending book, but it also allows them to take the information and run with it. The data world is your oyster. What will you make of it? (For the full article, please visit the Guardian Data Blog website).