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European Union: Public Relations

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1220W, on the European Union: public relations, whether the EU funds to which he referred are being disbursed to those both for and against European integration; how much has been disbursed (a) in the UK and (b) in other EU member states; and to whom the funds have been disbursed. (204074)

As set out in my answer of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1220W, the purpose of Communicating Europe in Partnership is to improve the coherence, integration and effectiveness of the EU's communications efforts. The Government support the disbursal of EU funds towards this stated objective.

The Commission does not decide in advance how much money is available per member state or which beneficiaries will undertake the projects. Funding will be distributed following calls for proposals. A breakdown for all those activities will be available at the end of 2008 from the Commission.