The United Kingdom
contributes to the EU
budget as a whole, not to individual elements of it. The initial European External Action Service
) budget in 2011 was €464 million. €441 million of this was existing money transferred from the Commission and Council Secretariat
. The EEAS budget was €489 million in 2012, €509 million in 2013 and €519 million in 2014. Over this period, the UK's pre-abatement financing share was 14.5% (outturn) in 2011, 15.3% in 2012, 15.5% in 2013, and 15.4% in 2014 based on the latest budgets for those years. The UK
has been clear in arguing for restraint in the EEAS budget at a time when difficult spending decisions are being taken by member states and we continue to remind the EEAS of its commitment to resource neutrality.