European funding sought for Scottish infrastructure projects

The Scottish Government is stepping up attempts to ensure future European funds deliver maximum impact in Scotland, it was revealed today.

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment, Alex Neil is in Brussels for high-level talks with European Commissioners Andor and Hahn.

The European Union recently published a blueprint - EU Multi Annual Financial Framework - outlining proposals for spending future funds across Europe between 2014 and 2020. Mr Neil said: “EU funds have made a significant contribution to developing the Scottish economy over many years. I am keen that Scotland speaks with one voice on Europe.

“The next EU funding round takes place in 2014 and I am eager that it has the greatest and earliest impact possible in Scotland. The EU Financial Framework, announced last week, is giving the right signals, which chime with our ideas about how EU funds can be more coordinated.

“When I meet Commissioner Hahn and Andor I want to explore with them how we could achieve a better degree of integration between structural, rural and fisheries funds.”