European Scrutiny Committee

No. 9
(Session 2003-04)




THE EU'S FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE FOR 2007-13 AND REFORM OF THE STRUCTURAL AND COHESION FUNDS

PUBLICATION OF REPORT

On 31 March the European Scrutiny Committee will publish a report on The EU's Financial Perspective for 2007-13 and Reform of the Structural and Cohesion Funds ( HC 42-xv) 2003-04.  The new Financial Perspective will determine the overall revenue and expenditure of the EU and the expenditure on each category of EU activity for the seven years from 2007 to 2013.  It will also largely determine the net contribution to the EU of each Member State, and the future of the UK's budget rebate, and it will set the Commission's policy agenda.  It is therefore one of the most crucial forthcoming EU decisions. The report also examines the Commission's proposals for reform of regional and cohesion funding.

The Committee recommends that both documents be debated on the Floor of the House, though it has requested further information from the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and plans to take evidence from the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry before the debate.  It will also be taking evidence on 20 April from the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Lisbon Strategy, for which the proposed Financial Perspective has implications.

ORAL EVIDENCE FROM SECRETARY OF STATE FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY ON REGIONAL AND COHESION POLICY

TUESDAY 4 MAY 2004

On Tuesday 4 May at 2.45 pm the European Scrutiny Committee will take oral evidence from the Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt,  MP, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on the Commission's proposals for reform of the EU's regional and cohesion policy.

Details of the Committee Room  will be announced nearer the date of the evidence session.

For further information telephone 020 7219 5467/6481/3292.

29 March 2004


Notes for Editors

The main purpose of the European Scrutiny Committee is to report to the House on the legal and political importance of each EU document and to determine which EU documents are debated. Such debates take place either in a European Standing Committee or on the Floor of the House. The Committee normally reports weekly on a range of documents when the House is sitting.  The Committee also monitors business in the Council of Ministers, especially the activities of UK Ministers in the Council, and produces occasional reports on wider EU developments.

The Committee has 16 Members, as follows:

Jimmy Hood MP (Chairman) - Labour - Clydesdale
Richard Bacon MP - Conservative - South Norfolk
Colin Breed MP - Lib Dem - Cornwall South East
William Cash MP - Conservative - Stone
Michael Connarty MP - Labour - Falkirk East
Tony Cunningham MP - Labour - Workington
Wayne David MP - Labour - Caerphilly
Terry Davis MP - Labour - Birmingham Hodge Hill
Jim Dobbin MP - Labour/Co-op - Heywood & Middleton
David Heathcoat-Amory MP - Conservative - Wells
Mark Hendrick MP - Labour - Preston
Jim Marshall MP - Labour - Leicester South
Angus Robertson MP - SNP - Moray
John Robertson MP - Labour - Glasgow Anniesland
Anthony Steen MP - Conservative - Totnes
Bill Tynan MP - Labour - Hamilton South

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