Scottish secretary Donald Dewar has described the European Commission's draft proposals for redistributing aid to t...
Scottish secretary Donald Dewar has described the European Commission's draft proposals for redistributing aid to the EU's poorer areas as 'too definitive'.
However, The Herald (p8) reports that Mr Dewar, speaking during a regional policy conference in Glasgow, emphasised that Britain was not rejecting the proposals.
Mr Dewar said of the criteria for judging which regions were classified as Objective One or Objective Two, 'seem to us to be too definitive'.
He said: 'Flexibility at the edge is clearly important. This is also truw of other British areas. But we must accept that the overall paramaters must be reorganised.'
The Glasgow meeting is being attended by Monika Wulf-Mathies, the European regional policy commissioner, who admitted that some areas would lose funding because others needed it more, while some would lose it because they were held to have become economically successful.