European Development Fund (EDF) 2018

On 5 July 2018, the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee considered the Explanatory Memorandum on the 'European Development Fund (EDF): forecasts of commitments, payments and contributions from Member States (MS) for 2017-2021.


The Committee decided to hold the item under scrutiny and wrote to the Rt Hon Lord Bates, Minister of State, Department of International Development, asking him:

  • To clarify the apparent contradiction in the Explanatory Memorandum (EM) relating to future UK contributions if future commitments are projected to be lower.
  • To explain what the process for allocating contributions and commitments is and how contributions relate to commitments.
  • To clarify what is meant by the phrase "payment in advance of need" in the EM.
  • For an update on how the UK contributions would link to any role the UK may play in the EDF during and after the transition period.

Please see the Committee's letter to the Minister below in order to see the full extent of questions asked.

Letter from the Minister

  • It confirms that commitments have now been revised upwards (and not lowered), with increased spending for the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, so the UK Government expects forthcoming contributions to be revised upwards.
  • It describes the general process for how contributions and commitments are allocated.
  • It confirms that the proposals the UK Government challenges are those that may lead to Member States paying money into the EDF Treasury in excess of disbursement needs. This is done at ACP Working Group Meeting level.
  • The Withdrawal Agreement commits the UK to meeting its financial obligations under the 11th EDF and the previous ones. As per the Agreement, it also confirms that during the transition the UK would be able to attend the Management Committee, but not have any voting rights. UK organisations would be eligible to continue to bid and implement all EDF programmes.

  • Letter from the Rt Hon Lord Bates, Minister of State, dated 10 January 2019 (PDF PDF 602 KB)

Letter to the Minister

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