• "By next year, Britain's net contribution will have doubled from what it was in 2008," UKIP MEP Lord Dartmouth said in Strasbourg during Question Hour with Commission President Barroso. "Can the British taxpayer anticipate a further doubling... by 2020?" asked Lord Dartmouth.
"We believe that in some cases it makes more sense to spend a euro at European level than at national level," Barroso said in his reply.
"In 2020 there will be four to seven new member states, at least," Lord Dartmouth said. "On their current economic performance, each one of the new member states will be receiving cohesion funds - which are subsidies by another name - from the date they become members right the way through until 2020.
"Can the British taxpayer anticipate a further doubling in Britain's net contribution to the European Union by 2020, and if not, why not?" asked Lord Dartmouth to the Commission President.
Mr Barroso replied that he cannot anticipate what Britain's contribution will be as discussions on the financial persepctives are still in progress. He added that he understands Lord Dartmouth's concerns "as right now the British taxpayers are paying the most important contributions because of what happened in the financial sector in Britain - there was no other case as important as the state aid like the one we have seen in your country."
Commission President Barroso added that "we believe it's important to set priorities for the future - to see what we have to spend at national level... and at European level and then to have a discussion about a fair way of sharing this investment, but we believe that in some cases it makes more sense to spend a euro at European level than at national level because of the potential benefits of exploring the European dimension and European internal market.