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Structural And Cohesion Funds

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy in future discussions with the Commission and other member states to press for the continuation of structural and cohesion funds for all present eligible United Kingdom areas after 1999. [16538]

We believe that reform of the Structural and Cohesion Funds is necessary to make them more effective, provide better value for money and meet the challenge of enlargement. All existing member states will eventually have to expect reductions in receipts if costs are to be contained. We are working hard to ensure that UK regions do not suffer disproportionate cuts. Any regions which no longer meet the existing criteria should benefit from transitional support for a limited period to help them adapt to their new situation.