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"the EU has an agreed budget of €862 billion for the period 2007-2013" - that's €123 billion per year.
As for Microsoft, for the financial year 2005 - that's July 2004 to June 2005 (2006 full year results aren't out yet) - they made $40 billion in revenue and $12 billion in profit.
€280 million is pretty much a drop in the ocean to both parties, if looked at in context.
(edit - typo) Edited 2006-07-12 17:16