ADMINISTRATION 6bn euros RESEARCH 4bn euros OTHER 7bn euros FOREIGN AID AND FOREIGN POLICY 8bn euros REGIONAL AID 32bn euros AGRICULTURE 49bn euros INTRODUCTION
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NATIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS, 2003
The UK won a rebate from the EU in 1984 because it got a bad deal under rules determining how much countries pay into the EU, and how much they get out.

This was mainly because the UK has a relatively small farming sector, and gets a small share of EU farming subsidies. In 1984 the UK was the third-poorest of the 10 EU states, but was on course to become the biggest net contributor.

The rebate refunds to the UK two-thirds of its net contribution. All the other states pick up the bill, in proportion to the size of their economies - though Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden are excused all but a quarter of their share.

Now that the UK is one of the richest of 25 member states, all the others think the rebate should be abolished. This would have made it the biggest net contributor in 2003.

The UK says the rebate is still "fully justified" and wants big cuts in spending on agriculture and regional aid before agreeing to any alternative.

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