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Dec 4
Supranational European Bodies. Useful to understand the tangle of European agreements.
Source.

Supranational European Bodies. Useful to understand the tangle of European agreements.

Source.

European Union: spending your money wisely since 1993.  
Source.

European Union: spending your money wisely since 1993.  

Source.

Feb 4
The European Union in a pic.
Source and rationale.

The European Union in a pic.

Source and rationale.

EU budget interactive: where does your money go?

Via @ricardoibarra84

Who pays and who benefits from #EU? (year 2010).  

Who pays and who benefits from #EU? (year 2010).  

That monster called EU (part II)

The EU again acting against the nations (and the European citizens). From Open Europe Blog:

  • "The European Parliament voted for 6.8% increase to the EU’s 2013 budget (which is subject to Qualified Majority Voting and co-decision between national ministers and MEPs), thereby rejecting member states’ compromise 2.79% increase, instead going with the Commission.  
  • In a report, the EP also backed a 5% increase to the EU’s long-term budget (and a lot bigger increase if off-balance sheet items are included), in line with the European Commission’s original proposal. This proposal has been rejected by all net contributing member states (which doesn’t mean that the net contributors agree amongst themselves).
  • Finally, the Commission said today that it needs to amend the 2012 EU budget, since there’s not enough cash left. If you’re a government on an EU-mandated austerity programme - or a a household - you’re forced to prioritise and find savings when there’s not enough money in the pot. If you’re an EU institution you ask for an additional €9bn (with roughly €3.1bn from fines imposed on member states, meaning that national governments will have to put up €5.9bn in total)”. 

Why did they decide to go against the nations and to increase the budget in almost 9000M€ with respect to 2012 budget? For your benefit, of course:

Parliament said in a statement that the aim was to protect popular EU programmes against shortfalls which disrupted them in 2012 and so help boost growth and jobs, under pressure in the eurozone debt crisis.

“To boost growth and jobs, Parliament reversed (cuts) … in areas that MEPs believe are vital to boost the economy, such as research, entrepreneurship and employment measures,” it added.

Here you have the detailed votes MEP by MEP. Here you have the final approved numbers. Here you have how the EU spends such money.

Detailed votes of MEPs who voted for and against the increase of 6,8% in the EU budget 2013

In favor of the increase of 6,8% as requested by the European Commision and against the position of their own nations:

  • ALDE: Alvaro, Aylward, Bennahmias, Bilbao Barandica, Busoi, Chatzimarkakis, Creutzmann, Crowley, De Backer, Donskis, Duff, Gallagher, Gerbrandy, Godmanis, Goulard, Griesbeck, Harkin, Hyusmenova, Iovine, Jensen, Johansson, Jäätteenmäki, Kacin, Kazak, Klinz, Koch-Mehrin, Krahmer, Lambsdorff, Lepage, Løkkegaard, Manner, Meissner, Michel, Mulder, Mănescu, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicolai, Ojuland, Oviir, Panayotov, Parvanova, Reimers, Ries, Rinaldi, Rochefort, Rohde, Savisaar-Toomast, Schaake, Schmidt, Skylakakis, Takkula, Thein, Theurer, Torvalds, Tremosa i Balcells, Uggias, Vajgl, Verhofstadt, Vălean, Weber Renate, Werthmann, Wikström, Zanoni, de Sarnez, in ‘t Veld 

  • ECR: Bielan, Czarnecki, Gróbarczyk, Harbour, Kamiński, Kowal, Legutko, Migalski, Piotrowski, Poręba, Szymański, Tomaševski, Vlasák, Zīle 
     
  • EFD: Bizzotto, Borghezio, Cymański, Fontana, Imbrasas, Kurski, Morganti, Provera, Rossi, Salavrakos, Scottà, Speroni, Tzavela, Włosowicz 
     
  • NI: Severin, Sosa Wagner, Stoyanov Dimitar, Szegedi, Vadim Tudor 
     
  • PPE: Albertini, Andrikien÷, Angelilli, Antonescu, Antoniozzi, Arias Echeverría, Auconie, Audy, Ayuso, Bagó, Baldassarre, Balz, Bartolozzi, Bastos, Bauer, Becker, Belet, Bendtsen, Berlato, Bodu, Bonsignore, Borys, Boulland, Bratkowski, Brok, Busuttil, Buzek, Bánki, Böge, Băsescu, Březina, Cadec, Cancian, Carvalho, Casa, Casini, Caspary, Cavada, Coelho, Collin-Langen, Comi, Correa Zamora, Danjean, Dantin, Dati, Daul, David, De Veyrac, Dehaene, Delvaux, Deutsch, Deß, Dorfmann, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Ehler, Estaràs Ferragut, Feio, Ferber, Fernandes, Fidanza, Fisas Ayxela, Florenz, Fraga Estévez, Franco, Gabriel, Gahler, Gallo, Gardini, Gargani, Garriga Polledo, Giannakou, Glattfelder, Grosch, Grossetête, Grzyb, Gräßle, Gyürk, Gáll-Pelcz, Handzlik, Herranz García, Hibner, Higgins, Hohlmeier, Hortefeux, Hübner, Iturgaiz Angulo, Ivanova, Jahr, Jazłowiecka, Jeggle, Jiménez-Becerril Barrio, Jordan, Juvin, Járóka, Jędrzejewska, Kaczmarek, Kalinowski, Kalniete, Karas, KariĦš, Kasoulides, Kastler, Kelam, Kelly, Klaß, Koch, Kolarska-Bobińska, Korhola, Koumoutsakos, Kovatchev, Kozłowski, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Kuhn, Kukan, Kósa, Köstinger, La Via, Lamassoure, Landsbergis, Langen, Le Brun, Le Grip, Lehne, Liese, Lisek, Lope Fontagné, Luhan, López-Istúriz White, Macovei, Malinov, Mann, Marcinkiewicz, Marinescu, Matera, Mathieu, Mato Adrover, Matula, Mauro, Mayer, Mazej Kukovič, Mazzoni, McGuinness, Melo, Mikolášik, Mitchell, Morin-Chartier, Morkūnait- Mikulnien, Motti, Mészáros, Naranjo Escobar, Neynsky, Niculescu, Niebler, Nitras, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Ortiz Vilella, Pack, Pallone, Papanikolaou, Papastamkos, Patriciello, Patrão Neves, Peterle, Pieper, Pietikäinen, Pirker, Ponga, Poupakis, Preda, Protasiewicz, Proust, Pöttering, Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Rangel, Reul, Riquet, Rivellini, Roatta, Roithová, Ronzulli, Rübig, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Salatto, Sanchez-Schmid, Sartori, Sarvamaa, Saryusz-Wolski, Saudargas, Saïfi, Schnellhardt, Schwab, Schöpflin, Scurria, Seeber, Siekierski, Silvestris, Skrzydlewska, Sommer, Stolojan, Striffler, Surján, Svensson, Szájer, Sógor, Tatarella, Teixeira, Theocharous, Thyssen, Trematerra, Trzaskowski, Tsoukalas, Tıkés, Ulmer, Ungureanu, Urutchev, Vaidere, Verheyen, Vidal-Quadras, Vlasto, Voss, Wałęsa, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, Winkler Hermann, Wortmann-Kool, Zalba Bidegain, Zalewski, Zanicchi, Zasada, Zeller, Zwiefka, de Grandes Pascual, del Castillo Vera, van Nistelrooij, van de Camp, Łukacijewska, İry, Šadurskis, Šťastný 
     
  • S&D: Alves, Andrieu, Andrés Barea, Arlacchi, Arsenis, Ayala Sender, Badia i Cutchet, Balzani, Borsellino, Brzobohatá, Bullmann, Capoulas Santos, Caronna, Castex, Cercas, Childers, Cliveti, Cofferati, Correia de Campos, Cortés Lastra, Costa, Costello, Cottigny, Cozzolino, CreŃu, Cuschieri, Cutas, Daerden, Danellis, De Angelis, De Castro, De Keyser, Domenici, Droutsas, Dušek, Désir, Dăncilă, El Khadraoui, Enciu, Ertug, Estrela, Fajon, Falbr, Ferreira Elisa, Flašíková Beňová, Fleckenstein, Färm, Garcés Ramón, García Pérez, García-Hierro Caraballo, Gardiazábal Rubial, Geier, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Glante, Gomes, Groote, Gualtieri, Guerrero Salom, Guillaume, Gurmai, Gutiérrez Prieto, Göncz, Haug, Herczog, Hoang Ngoc, Iotova, Irigoyen Pérez, Ivan, Jaakonsaari, Kalfin, Kammerevert, Kirilov, Kleva, Koppa, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Lange, Leichtfried, Leinen, Liberadzki, López Aguilar, Martínez Martínez, Masip Hidalgo, Maňka, Menéndez del Valle, Milana, Mirsky, Moreira, Muñiz De Urquiza, Mynář, Neuser, Neveďalová, Obiols, Olejniczak, Padar, Paliadeli, Panzeri, Papadopoulou, Pascu, Perello Rodriguez, Pirillo, Pittella, Poc, Podimata, Prendergast, Prodi, Rapkay, Rapti, Regner, Repo, Riera Madurell, Rodust, Romero López, Roth-Behrendt, Rouček, Sassoli, Schulz Martin, Scicluna, Sehnalová, Senyszyn, Serracchiani, Simon, Sippel, Siwiec, Smolková, Stavrakakis, Steinruck, Susta, Swoboda, Sârbu, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Thomas, Tirolien, Toia, Tănăsescu, Van Brempt, Vaughan, Vergnaud, Vigenin, Weber Henri, Weidenholzer, Weiler, Westphal, Yáñez-Barnuevo García, Zala, Zemke, łicău 
     
  • Verts/ALE: Alfonsi, Andersdotter, Brepoels, Zéribi

MEPs who voted against the increase:

  • ALDE: Bearder, Bennion, Bowles, Davies, Goerens, Hall, Ludford, Lyon, Manders, Taylor Rebecca, van Baalen ECR: Ashworth, Atkins, Bokros, Bradbourn, Callanan, Campbell Bannerman, Chichester, Deva, Elles, Eppink, Fajmon, Ford, Foster, Fox, Girling, Kamall, Karim, Kožušník, McClarkin, McIntyre, Nicholson, Ouzký, Rosbach, Stevenson, Strejček, Sturdy, Swinburne, Tannock, Tošenovský, Van Orden, Yannakoudakis, Zahradil, van Dalen EFD: (The Earl of) Dartmouth, Agnew, Allam, Andreasen, Belder, Bufton, Clark, Helmer, Messerschmidt, Paška, Terho, Vanhecke, Ziobro, de Villiers 
     
  • GUE/NGL: Angourakis, Chountis, Ferreira João, Hadjigeorgiou, Hénin, Liotard, Lösing, Meyer, Murphy, Mélenchon, Omarjee, Rubiks, Søndergaard, Triantaphyllides, Wils, Zuber, de Jong 
     
  • NI: Binev, Brons, Claeys, Colman, Dodds, Ehrenhauser, Griffin, Hartong, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Martin Hans- Peter, Mölzer, Nattrass, Obermayr, Sinclaire, Stassen, Zijlstra, van der Kammen, van der Stoep
     
  • PPE: Bach, Corazza Bildt, Engel, Essayah, Fjellner, Hökmark, Ibrisagic, Lulling, Posselt 
     
  • S&D: Berlinguer, Berman, Bozkurt, Bostinaru, Cashman, Goebbels, Honeyball, Hughes, Martin David, McAvan, McCarthy, Merkies, Moraes, Simpson, Skinner, Stihler, Willmott 
     
  • Verts/ALE: Hudghton, Schlyter, Smith

Check the ones in your country.

Source (page 87, section 41). Via @OpenEurope.

Jul 9

"There are currently 52 EU quangos, double the number in 2004. Prior to 1990, there were only three.

The total cost to European taxpayers now stands at €2.64bn (£2.17bn), up 3.4% from last year and a massive 33.2% compared with 2010. Over 90% of this comes from EU member states (the rest from non-EU member states such as Norway) – with the UK paying around €362m (£298m) this year, Germany paying €490m and France paying €386m”.

- This is not helping my euro-skepticism. Report on EU quangos by Open Europe.

In the images above you can see both the evolution of the tax rate for workers in the EU (as average) and also the evolution of the public debt in the same countries. First question to be made is: where is the famous “austerity” of the last years of crisis? And the second question, even more important: if taxes increase, and public debt also, where is ALL that money going? 

Maybe is better for you, European taxpayer, not to know the answer. Ignorance is happiness. 

Source of tax evolution graph: "Tax burden of typical workers in the EU27", Institut Économique Molinari

Source of evolution of public debt graph: Google/Esurostat (thanks to @marcbisbalarias and @gonfva for the links).

Here's why the EU needs to be dismantled