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Athena: Finance

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding the United Kingdom provided to the Athena provisional financing scheme in each year since 2004. (177521)

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. (177525)

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.