Replacement of European Structural Funds post EU-Exit: consultation
The Scottish Government opened a consultation on the 5th November 2019 on the successor programme to European Structural Funds called the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. This is an opportunity for Scottish stakeholders to provide views on how a new fund should be designed and how a new policy approach could transform inclusive economic growth. The consultation will close on the 12 February 2020 and seeks to clarify:
- the aim and objectives of post EU Exit funding in Scotland;
- how to maximise its added value;
- the extent to which it should be aligned with Scottish, UK and EU policy priorities;
- whether and how it should be concentrated thematically or geographically;
- the appropriate arrangements for monitoring and evaluation;
- and the most effective and efficient approach to governance and partnership.
The Scottish Government consultation is set within the context that the UK Government has yet to provide details on how this replacement fund might work or how Scotland, and the other devolved nations, will be involved in its development. However, the Scottish Government is however keen to develop Scottish thinking on how any replacement funding vehicle can best meet the needs of our citizens, our businesses and our communities.
In addition to this written consultation, there will also be a series of consultation events held between now and the end of January 2020 to look in more depth at some of the questions raised in the consultation. It is planned that these will be held throughout Scotland and further details will be available in due course.
Following analysis, Scottish Government will produce a final report which will set out how Scotland intends to proceed. This is expected to be ready in Spring 2020.