Prague - The Czech Republic has paid Kc342.8bn to the European Union's budget since its EU entry, and received Kc676.2bn from the budget, which means that the country has obtained Kc333.4bn more from the budget than it has paid to it, according to data released by the European Commission.
The receipts from the EU budget by the other countries, which entered the EU along with the Czech Republic in 2004, are also higher than their contributions.
In contrast, the original EU member states, such as Germany, France and Italy, have paid more to the budget than they have received. But the EC's data only cover the period from 2004 until 2012.
Tomas Prouza, Czech state secretary for European affairs, said this week the Czech Republic's membership in the EU has brought over Kc3,000bn to the Czech economy.
"Only in 2013, if the Czech Republic were not part of the internal EU market, its GDP would be 2.6 percent lower and unemployment would be 1.5 percent higher," Prouza said.
Among the countries which joined the EU on May 1, 2004, were also Estonia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
All these countries, with the exception of Cyprus, receive more from the EU budget than they pay into it. Cyprus's receipts from the EU budget were higher than contributions between 2004 and 2006 and between 2010 and 2011.
Development of CR's net position (difference in receipts from and contributions to EU budget):
Source: Finance Ministry