COSTS OF THE ‘EUROPEAN DEFENCE AGENCY’
The UK pays for 17.6% of the costs
The top 5 countries pay for 73.5% of the costs
The top 10 countries pay for 90% of the costs
The remaining 17 countries pay just 10% of the total
The 17.6% contribution by the UK is based on the UK’s standard 17.6% EU contributions based on GDP.
IS THE EUROPEAN DEFENCE AGENCY ONLY OPEN TO EU MEMBERS?
No. The Agency has signed Administrative Arrangements with Norway (2006), Switzerland (2012), the Republic of Serbia (2013) and Ukraine (2015) enabling them to participate in EDA’s projects and programmes.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE UK LEAVES THE EU?
Good question. As with almost everything else that the UK government has signed up to in the realm of EU common defence policies, structures and funds, the MOD and the government have said nothing.
As with many EU organisations, once again we need to point out that the EU has misappropriated the word ‘European’ for one of its agencies. It is not of course European, it is a European Union institution.
The Mogherini speech
We are almost immune to the grandiose and megalomaniacal statements of EU unelected elites such as the Italian former Communist Federica Mogherini. However we have to keep reminding ourselves that whilst we research and analyse all these things on a daily basis, the British mainstream media by and large ignores it all.
This is partly how the Referendum was only won by 52-48%. As we have said many times, if the British public had been properly informed about the EU over the last 40 years, the majority to leave would have been far larger.
To our EU friends reading this, we urge you to realise the huge difference in reporting about the EU in the UK, compared to continental Europe. It may be hard for you to swallow, but if the nonsense perpetrated by the EU over the years had been properly reported in the UK, the UK would have left long ago. Even now, nearly 18 months after our Referendum, the British public is still becoming aware of serious issues of which they were blissfully unaware.
Thank goodness for the Internet, or none of this would ever have seen the light of day for the ordinary man or woman in the United Kingdom.