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DEWAR ADMITS EU PLANS TO CUT STRUCTURAL FUNDS

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Scottish secretary Donald Dewar has confirmed there was no doubt that the European Commission was planning to cut c...
Scottish secretary Donald Dewar has confirmed there was no doubt that the European Commission was planning to cut coverage of structural funds and that Scotland could be a casualty, reports The Herald (p6).

However, he insisted that the government would fight proposals which it found too inflexible when detailed talks begin in earnest later this year.

Mr Dewar spoke after concluding a two-day meeting, accompanied by Margaret Beckett, the president of the board of trade, with the EU regional policy commissioner, Monika Wulf-Mathies.

He said: 'There is concern about our freedom to manoeuvre below the EU structure. We want to ensure there is the right balance. Individual EU member states should be allowed to make their own arrangements.'

He added: 'We know the commission's aim is to cut coverage. There is no doubt about it. That is a factor.'
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