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Ten verified facts about the European Union

We hope we don't have to keep fact checking the same misleading information about the European Union but, in case we need to, here you will find ten facts already verified.

September 26, 2019

With both the European Commission and the Parliament already established, European elections feels long gone, as well as the fact-checking efforts to tackle misinformation during the campaigns. However, many of the misinformation spread covered core information about the functioning of the European Union and are not entirely tied to elections matters. We have collected some of these misinformation pieces fact-checked by several platforms and even the European Commission itself. We hope we don’t have to keep fact checking the same misleading information but, in case we need to, below you will find ten facts already verified to keep in mind:

  • “Travelling circus of the European Parliament from Brussels to Strasbourg costs 200 million euros annually” fact-checked by Nelke Roose & Yannick Verbesselt from Thomas More University of Applied Sciences at EUFACTCHECK.

  • “A viral photo of an empty European Parliament proves nothing” fact-checked by Les Décodeurs at FactcheckEU.

  • “Fact check on the EU budget” by the European Commission.

  • “Is it true that the European Commission’s economic forecasts are always wrong?” fact-checked by Pagella Politica at FactcheckEU.

  • “Small and medium-sized enterprises employ 90% of the workforce in the EU area” fact-checked by Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences at EUFACTCHECK.

  • The Euro is the “cause of all evils” and has doubled prices (L’Euro è la ‘causa di tutti i mali’ e ha fatto raddoppiare i prezzi), in Italian, fact-checked by ANSA.

  • “Does the European Commission spend 80 thousand euros a year on alcohol?” fact-checked by Pagella Politica at FactcheckEU.

  • The EU budget has enormous costs and only serves to pay the Euroburocrats (Il bilancio Ue ha costi enormi e serve solo a pagare gli euroburocrati) in Italian, fact-checked by ANSA.

  • EU privacy laws damage European competitiveness (Le leggi Ue sulla privacy danneggiano la competitività europea) in Italian, fact-checked by ANSA.

  • “No, the number of migrants arriving in Europe has not fallen by 95% since 2015” fact-checked by Pagella Politica at FactcheckEU.