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Hungary third largest EU beneficiary in 2009

Hungary was the third largest beneficiary of EU funds last year in terms of budget-related contributions versus grants received, according to a fresh report published by the European Commission.

Poland was nominally the biggest financial winner among the 27 EU member state in 2009, when it received €6.5 billion more from the EU budget than it paid in.

Hungary came third after Greece, with a balance of HUF 2.7 billion, followed by the Czech Republic and Romania with €1.8 billion.

Hungary was also the third biggest beneficiary relative to gross national income (3.16%) after Lithuania (5.7%) and Estonia (4.3%). At the other end of the scale, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands were the biggest providers.