I thought I would distill the argument down into numbers:
The most populous Member States received nearly two-thirds of the funds:What's in it for us?
While Spain was the largest recipient of funds for structural actions, France received the biggest share of agricultural expenditure. The biggest Member States were also the largest contributors to the EU budget in absolute terms: Germany, France, Italy and the UK financed nearly two-thirds of the total.
- €14.8 billion went to Spain,
- €13.6 billion to France,
- €12.3 billion to Germany,
- €10 billion to Italy and
- €8.7 billion to the United Kingdom.