What Are Some of the Disadvantages of the European Union?

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Disadvantages of the European Union include inefficient policies, high membership cost and single currency problems. Others are pressure to pursue austerity, net migration and complex bureaucracy.

The European Union regulations on immigrations affect some countries' policies. For instance, member countries lack the authority to turn away large numbers of refugees. Such limitations strain members’ financial resources.

The law concerning procurement from European Union countries costs individual organizations a lot. All companies in member countries must re-evaluate all contracts rather than doing business with known organizations. Although this law gives European Union countries a fair chance, it locks out potential business from non-members. The use of the Euro as the main currency affects some members. According to Economics Help, countries with financial problems have a disadvantage when using the Euro.

The policy on immigration can encourage loss of experienced staff. It allows free movement of people from one member state to another. The bureaucracy of the European Union is a threat to weaker nations. The members are appointed and not elected, thus contributing to a lack of democratic representation. The appointed members make rules that affect member states without consent. Additionally, European Union membership costs are high, making it hard for poor economies to participate. On average, the cost of European Union membership runs to the excess of 83 billion British pounds.