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EU: Structural Funds

Volume 692: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Industry and the Regions (Margaret Hodge) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

In my Written Statement to Parliament of 23 October 2006 I announced the publication of the UK's national strategic reference framework for structural funds programmes during the 2007-13 period. This document sets out the strategy for future structural funds spending across the UK, the allocations of funding for future programmes, and the administrative arrangements for delivering the programmes.

Prior to acceptance of the national strategic reference framework, the European Commission has requested a further statement of the UK's commitment to the Lisbon and Gothenburg agendas in relation to our future European regional development fund spending. My officials have therefore written to the Commission reaffirming HMG's commitment to these agendas and reiterated our aim that UK structural funds spending on Lisbon and Gothenburg categories, for each programme, will exceed the targets set out in the Structural Funds General Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006. In addition, I have also stated that we expect 2007-13 spending to exceed equivalent spending on Lisbon and Gothenburg categories achieved under the 2000-06 programmes when compared against a commonly agreed baseline.

A copy of this letter will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.