European Regional Development Fund

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 20th February 2019.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how bodies in receipt of funding from the European Regional Development Fund can apply for further funding after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will continue in the current round (2014-2020) of Structural Funds, including the European Regional Development Fund, as if it had remained a Member State.

In a No Deal, the HM Government funding guarantee ensures that Structural Funds projects signed before the UK exits the EU will continue to be funded. The guarantee also enables new projects to be signed after exit until end 2020, with funding from HM Government replacing EU funding.

Existing and future recipients of the European Regional Development Fund should continue to apply for funding through their existing Managing Authorities, as fund delivery bodies will remain the same after EU exit for the duration of the programmes. This includes the scenario where the United Kingdom leaves the EU without a deal.

Managing Authorities for the European Regional Development Fund are the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (in England); the Devolved Administrations; and HM Government of Gibraltar.

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