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European Cohesion Fund: Beneficiary States

Volume 622: debated on Monday 19 February 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Which countries have benefited from the European Cohesion Fund; how much they received in each year; and whether they are still in receipt of these funds. [HL725]

The Minister for Science, Department of Trade and Industry
(Lord Sainsbury of Turville)

During the last programming period 1993–99, four member states benefited from the European Cohesion Fund: Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain. These countries continue to receive Cohesion Funding during the current programming period 2000–06. However, in 2003 their eligibility will be reviewed in the light of updated GNP levels.Payments received by member states 1993–99.

In March 1999 the Berlin European Council decided to allocate the Cohesion Fund a budget of€18 billion for the period 2000–06, with the following indicative allocation (in€ millions at 1999 prices):

Year

Amount

20002,615
20012,615
20022,615
20032,615
20042,515
20052,515
20062,510

Resources are to be distributed among the four recipient countries in accordance with the following bands:

  • Spain: 61–63.5%
  • Greece: 16–18%
  • Portugal: 16–18%
  • Ireland: 2–6%