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European Regional Development Fund

Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 6 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what response her Department has received from the European Commission on its proposal that administration of the European Regional Development Fund and its successor be delivered by the regional development agencies rather than Government offices for the English regions. (140720)

The European Commission has agreed that the day to day administration of the 10 English European Regional Development Fund programmes covering 2007 to 2013 will be carried out by the regional development agencies. The precise arrangements for implementing the transition from the Government offices to the RDAs are currently under discussion.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the transfer of functions will take place in respect of the proposed transfer of European Regional Development Fund administration from Government offices for the English regions to regional development agencies; what will be the role of the Department in managing the new programme; and what arrangements are in place to manage the wind-down and closure of the existing programme. (140721)

My Department will be the Managing, Certifying and Audit Authority for 2007 to 2013 European Regional Development Fund programmes in England, although we will delegate most of the day-to-day Managing Authority functions to the regional development agencies. We are aiming formally to transfer these functions as from 1 October 2007.

Government offices are managing the closure of the 2000 to 2006 ERDF programmes. Action is well advanced to meet the European Commission's closure deadlines.