EU funcing

EU Spending in UK

The EU spent €6.3 billion in the UK in 2017 (about £5.5 billion), down from €7.1 billion in 2016 (about £5.7 billion). As with the EU as a whole, the majority of expenditure received by the UK is allocated to ‘Smart and inclusive growth’ (42%) and ‘Sustainable growth: natural resources’ (54%).

The reason England was set to see such a sharp rise in regional funding (despite the anticipated overall amount for the UK being set to fall by around €1bn relative to 2007-13) was due to the way transition regions were defined in the Council’s 2014-20 proposals. Specifically, parts of England which in 2007-13 had only been eligible for the lowest funding intensity (‘competitiveness and employment’), became ‘transition regions’ eligible for a higher funding intensity in 2014-20 by virtue of having per capita GDP between 75% and 90% of the EU average.

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