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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on European Union grants and loans. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    26.08.2016Brexit: impact across policy areas
    This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
    28.07.2016Brexit: What next for UK fisheries?
    The implications of Brexit for fisheries are highly uncertain. The implications will depend on future negotiations with the EU and future UK Government policy.
    13.10.2015Greek debt crisis: background and developments in 2015
    This briefing provides background to and analysis of developments in the Greek debt crisis, including an overview of the origins of the crisis, a review of latest developments and examines what would happen if Greece left the Eurozone.
    10.12.2013State Aid
    State Aid is financial assistance provided by EU Member States to companies or industries and is generally prohibited under European Commission law. This note explains what counts as State Aid, the motivation for the rules and the notification process.
    18.09.2013The economic impact of EU membership on the UK
    How does membership of the EU affect the UK economy? How does the UK's situation compare with that of Norway or Switzerland? This note looks for the answers.
    25.05.2012The eurozone crisis - rescuing Greece
    Greece's long-standing public debt problem became a crisis at the start of 2010 and has since escalated to a point where it threatens the survival of the euro. This note describes the country's May 2010 and February 2012 bail-out agreements, the results of the May 2012 elections, future prospects, and implications of euro exit
    25.04.2012European Regional Development Fund
    This note explains how funding from the European Regional Development Fund is allocated across regions in England and sets out current progress on spending the funds. It also provides information on the 2014-2020 funding round.
    20.05.2011The European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism (EFSM)
    The EFSM is a 60bn facility to provide loans to EU Member States in financial difficulty. It is financed through borrowing secured against the EU Budget. Thus far, Ireland and Portugal have received support through the EFSM.
    26.07.2000European Structural Funds
    European Structural Funds.House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/72.
    21.10.1998The Reform of the European Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund
    The reform of the European Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund. House of Commons Library Research Paper 98/92

    Lords Library Notes

    27.10.2016Leaving the European Union: Funding for Universities and Scientific Research
    This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on current university and research funding in the UK and identifies some of the key issues raised about this funding following the UK's referendum vote to withdraw from the EU.
    12.05.2016Queen's Speech 2016 Day 2: Foreign and European Affairs, International Development and Defence
    The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen's Speech over four days between 19 and 25 May 2016. This briefing is one of four prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.


    01.06.2010EU Science and Technology Funding, June 2010
    This POST note explains The EU Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) and current developments.

    Select Committee Reports

    23.03.2010Making it work: the European Social Fund.
    European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]

    Early Day Motions

    That this House draws attention to the existence of the European Globalisation Fund; notes that eight member states have already made applications for one or more awards from the Fund, ...
    That this House notes with concern the Government's refusal of a European Commission offer to extend by six months the deadline for all countries to spend unused 2000 to 2006 European ...
    That this House welcomes the Government's decision to pledge a further 58 million from the European Social Fund (ESF) allocation to retrain people facing redundancy in addition to ...
    28.01.2008EU FUNDING OF THE BBC
    That this House notes that soft loans and payments amounting to 258 million euros over the last five years were paid by the EU to the BBC; believes that such payments compromise the ...
    That this House expresses concern at the apparent delays the Government is experiencing in preparing and finalising its draft UK operational programme in relation to the 96 million ...

    Feature publication

    The page highlights the analysis and comment on Brexit: the next steps and presents an impartial view of the different arguments and opinions.


    • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses