LGA lobbying secured the localisation of £5.3bn EU structural and Investment funds for 2014-2020. The Government has established an EU funding Programme Growth Board bringing together a range of stakeholders to make arrangements for the new funding period.
The LGA response to the Review highlights the impact of EU laws on local authorities and calls for practical steps to be taken in the UK and Brussels to improve the way EU laws are negotiated, transposed and implemented.
LGA calls for a raising of the ‘de minimis' threshold to help councils fund vital local projects.
The LGA has responded strongly to EU moves to ban investment aid to large companies.
21 March 2013
Councils and businesses will have a greater say in how the next round of EU will be spent in the UK, giving them the power to create jobs, boost local growth and help speed up the economic recovery. For the first time, the EU is set to recognise that local authorities must be closely involved in the preparation of the UK's spending plan for the next round of EU funding for 2014-2020.
LGA lobbies and influences draft EU laws to get the best deal for our councils. LGA serves as national secretariat for UK delegations in the Committee of the Regions of the EU and Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe providing bespoke expert andlogistic support.
17 June 2013
LGA councils benefit from EU funding and learn from good practice in other countries, whilst EU laws impact upon our services daily.
The LGA provides a ‘national service' that our councils can rely on. We ensure that councils receive timely intelligence on funding opportunities and future regulations, and we lobby EU decision-makers to minimise additional costs and bureaucracy.