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Jean Lambert London's Green MEP

How the EU benefits London

Europe and you

This publication ‘Europe and you‘ describes how the EU benefits our city.

It contains information on how EU membership benefits our economy, our environment, jobs, clean air, women and young people imparticular.

For example, did you know?

  • 40% of London’s international trade is with other EU countries. There was £13 billion worth of exports from London to the EU in 2015.
  • London is receiving £580 million from the EU over 7 years – the largest allocation in England – to develop its economy, support small businesses and improve training and job opportunities for Londoners. It also funds the shift to a low-carbon economy.
  • Inner London has received £35 million from the EU’s Youth Employment Initiative to help young people into work.
  • Five green spaces Londoners know and love have special EU status giving them an important extra level of protection from development.
  • EU funding has helped over 110,000 London homes by reduce their energy waste. More funding will benefit a further 175,000 London homes and save 93,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2017.

EU protected London nature sites

There is also a section on how EU decisions are made:

  • The European Parliament is elected by proportional representation. All EU citizens can vote.
  • London has eight MEPs representing our city.
  • EU laws are agreed jointly by the European Parliament and the European Council. The Council is where ministers from the UK and 27 other elected governments come together.
  • A third body – the European Commission – is the EU civil service. It proposes new laws but cannot decide on them.
  • The UK has a say in every EU decision. Our elected parliament in Westminster then decides how to implement EU laws.

The publication ‘Europe and you: How the EU benefits our city’ can be downloaded here.