European Development Fund (EDF) 2017

On 7 December 2017, the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee considered the 'European Development Fund (EDF): forecasts of commitments, payments and contributions from Member States for 2017, 2018, 2019 and non-binding forecast for the years 2020-2021'.

The Committee decided to hold the item under scrutiny and write to the Rt Hon Lord Bates, Minister of State, Department for International Development, to ask for information on the following:

  • The timing and frequency of Member State contributions to the EDF, and whether instalments are paid before programmes are implemented;
  • The Government's position on the UK's contribution to the EDF for the remainder of 2019, whether this would be part of a transitional arrangement to be agreed with the EU, and what preparatory work has been undertaken by the Department for International Development to assess the UK's interests in advance of these negotiations;
  • The Government's ambition for co-operation with the EDF after the UK has left the EU; and
  • The auditing process of the EDF and the main findings of its last audit.

On 11 January 2018, the Committee agreed to clear this item from scrutiny.

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