Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Romania and Poland are making bigger investments in public order and safety than most other European Union member states, according to new data released by the EU’s statistical agency Eurostat.
Based on the data, Bulgaria spends 2.8% of GDP, Slovakia 2.4%, Romania 2.3%, Croatia and Poland both 2.2% and Budapest spends 2.1% – all higher than the 1.8% average for the EU as a whole.
As reported by the Budapest Business Journal, Denmark and Luxembourg (both 1%) are on the other side of the spectrum. There is also Ireland (1.1%), Malta and Finland (1.2%), Sweden (1.3%) and Austria (1.4%).
In 2015, the EU 28 Member States reported over €258bn of government expenditure on public order and safety, a figure equivalent to 1.8% of the EUʼs GDP, according to Eurostat. By comparison, this is higher than the amount spent on other major activities such as defence (1.4%), recreation, culture and religion (1.0%), or environmental protection (0.8%).
On average in 2015, expenditure on public order and safety amounted to €507 per inhabitant in the EU.
Member States that spent more than €500 per inhabitant included Luxembourg (€899), the United Kingdom (€792), the Netherlands (€724), Belgium (€644), Ireland (€598), Sweden (€594), Germany (€581), Austria (€545), France (€535) and Italy (€506).