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European Development Fund

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contributions his Department makes to the management of the European Development Fund; how co-operation with other member states is managed; and what steps have been taken to improve co-ordination. (213241)

The UK takes a proactive role at the European Development Fund (EDF) Committee, which makes decisions on the EDF. The contributions made by UK Officials at these Committees are based on advice from DFID country offices and other UK Government Departments. Co-operation is managed effectively with other member states by formally and exchanging views, before and during Committee meetings, and developing common positions when appropriate.

At a country level, a number of steps have been taken by the Commission itself to improve co-ordination. When the Commission developed its recent Country Strategy Papers (CSP) under the 10th EDF, the Commission organised discussions to ensure complementarity with other bilateral programmes. In some cases, this went further. In South Africa and Sierra Leone discussions led to a joint CSP between the EC and other member states with a presence in-country.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how he expects his Department's share of funding for the European Development Fund to change in each of the next five years. (213242)

The tenth European Development Fund (EDF) (€22,682,00 million) can be committed from 1 July 2008 and will cover the period 2008-13. The UK's share is 14.82 per cent. (€3,360,00 million). The ninth EDF (€13,800,00 million) ran from 2003-2007. The UK's share amounted to 12.69 per cent. (€1,751,22 million).

The UK's share of the tenth EDF will not change and will remain at 14.82 per cent.. The UK will continue to pay the ninth EDF (12.69 per cent.) until 2010. After this the UK will only make payments at the tenth EDF share (14.82 per cent.).