Annual Overview

The EU Budget – An Irish Perspective

The European Union budget finances various activities which underpin aspects of EU policies. These include agriculture (CAP), structural & cohesion funding, research, education, infrastructure, competitiveness for SMEs, fisheries, EU external actions, citizenship & security actions and a range of other areas. Ireland, along with the 27 other member states in the EU, is obliged to contribute to the EU’s budget and also benefits from a wide range of EU payments which help to support growth and jobs in Europe.