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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-04301: Macdonald, Lewis (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what guarantees it can give on replacing EU structural funding that will be lost as a result of Brexit.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 9 November 2016

The UK Government has recently revised its position on EU funding guarantees to cover, in full, the payment of all EU funding contracts for structural funds projects that are entered into before the date that the UK proposes to leave the EU. The Scottish Government has confirmed that these guarantees will be passed on in full to Scottish stakeholders to provide stability and certainty for the Scottish economy.

The Scottish Government will negotiate with the UK Government to ensure that future financial support for the economic development, skills, low carbon, digital and poverty initiatives currently supported by structural funds is allocated on a fair and equitable basis across the UK post Brexit. We will work closely with the local authorities, enterprise and skills agencies, digital partners and the third sector to shape future measures taken to help grow the economy and support individuals and communities.