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Athena: Finance

Defence written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the EU's Athena budget was in each year since 2004; and what percentage of that budget was provided by the United Kingdom.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The information requested is provided in the following table:

Athena budget (£ million) UK share (percentage)
2004 8.615 17.28
2005 41.474 18.07
2006 30.199 17.57
2007 19.457 17.02
2008 21.861 17.23

The budget agreed for 2008 does not yet include the costs of a planned EU-led military operation in Chad and the Central African Republic. The 2008 Athena budget will be increased as necessary once a budget for that operation has been approved.

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