COSLA's European spokeswoman Christine May said that the fact that most councils have secured some coverage was good news, and added: 'We welcome the completion of a long process of negotiation with The Scottish executive, and look forward to a successful outcome in the next phase of negotiations with the European Commission.
'We also welcome the fact that many of the comments and views expressed by councils have been taken on board in preparing the map.
'We recognise that the priority from the Scottish executive is to target the areas of greatest need and this will enable councils and their partners to build on the work currently being undertaken in these areas'.
give councils the chance to start planning for the future: 'Local
authorities across Lowland Scotland will welcome the opportunity that the draft map gives them to start planning development priorities for the 2000-2006 funding period.'
1. Objective 2 covers only the Lowland areas of Scotland, and takes into consideration factors such as industrial decline, urban areas in difficulty, rural areas in decline and fishery dependant areas.
2. Any area not on the list will receive transitional funding for six years.
3. Amount of money today's announcement involves is unknown and will be subject to further negotiations with London and Brussels.