EU laws are decided by national governments and the European Parliament. They have a significant impact on local authorities and the services they provide or procure. This is why the Local Government Association lobbies EU decision makers such as MEPs and UK Government (in Whitehall and Brussels).
The LGA anticipates initiatives that may impact on councils, and works with the full range of partners in Whitehall and Brussels to ensure the best possible legislative outcomes for local councils and the communities they serve.
Many organisations have called for a period of reflection as we consider the next steps after the referendum result. This briefing offers a framework for local government's own discussions in order to help prioritise those issues that are most important to councils.
State aid considerations arise whenever public funds selectively provide entities with an "advantage" over their competitors.
This update outlines progress achieved on public services issues being discussed as part of the EU-US trade deal.
The LGA has developed guidance covering over 20 funding sources of relevance including the 2014-20 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).
The EU-US trade deal known as the ‘Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership' is currently being negotiated between the two continents. Whilst recognising the potential benefits of the deal, LGA is working to ensure that services delivered by councils are properly safeguarded.
The LGA and LEP Network have issued a joint letter to government about limited Intermediate Body (IB) status to deliver ESIF 2014-20.
Letter from Councillor David Sparks OBE, Chair LGA, and Alex Pratt OBE, Chair of LEP Network Management
The LGA Chairman has written a joint letter with Alex Pratt OBE, Chair of LEP Network Management Board to The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, the BIS minister responsible for EU structural funds and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon the DCLG minister responsible for European programmes.
On taking up his seat on the national Growth Programme Board, established to put in place arrangements for the £5.3 billion European Structural and Investment Funds, LGA Chairman, Cllr David Sparks OBE wrote to the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP to set out the sector's views on the process thus far, and to suggest outstanding issues which need to be resolved.
Ensuring England's £5.3 billion European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) cash injection into local areas from 2014-2020 is driven by LEP area partners and based on what local areas actually need will be critical to supporting local growth and jobs.
The LGA response to the Cohesion policy Balance of EU competences review highlights our existing lines on how EU structural funds could be managed or targeted differently in the future to better reflect the local and regional dimension.