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Share of EU GDP spent on social protection slightly down

Eurostat, (2019), «Share of EU GDP spent on social protection slightly down», 22 November

Social protection expenditure in the European Union (EU) stood at 27.9% of GDP in 2017, slightly down compared with 28.7% in 2012, according to data from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. The two main sources of funding of social protection at EU level were social contributions, making up 55% of total receipts, and general government contributions from taxes at 40%

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