Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

European funds crisis

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This week Anneliese met with Commissioner Cretu to argue the case for the South East's allocation of £462M of structural funds. 

In particular, Anneliese urged the Commissioner to do everything she could to resolve the situation whereby the UK government has proved unable to demonstrate its ability to manage European funds effectively, which is holding up the allocation of funds to the South East.

Anneliese said: "We have had months of protracted negotiations to sort out the mess this government has created, which is depriving projects right here in the South East of the resources they desperately need.

LEPs did their best to create plans to spend structural funds, but the UK government failed to keep pace and demonstrate to the European Commission that the right democratic and financial accountability mechanisms were in place.

This has led to months of uncertainty, with British projects being stalled while projects elsewhere in the EU have been roaring ahead.

Now we have been told that the UK government has cut LEPs out of the process- and central government departments will decide where the money will go. This is just not good enough. We desperately need a government in the UK that takes the opportunities available from the EU seriously, engages properly with Europe, and involves local actors here in the South East. At least the EU side has been willing to listen to me about the harm that the delay is causing- let's hope the UK government takes note as well". 

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