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SCOTS REGIONS STEP UP CAMPAIGN FOR EU AID

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Scottish regions have stepped up their campaign to ensure that the government gives them a fair hearing when it neo...
Scottish regions have stepped up their campaign to ensure that the government gives them a fair hearing when it neotiates the new rules for European regional aid.

The Herald (10 December, p6) reported that the seperate initiatives by the country's rural and industrial areas is a clear sign of growing concern that their needs may be taking second place behind the government's campaign to secure objective one aid status for the Highlands and Islands.

John Dowson, leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, said: 'The criteria for allocating funds proposed by the European Union have been changed since 1994. This means that many if the UK areas may lose their funding eligibility.

'This is why the partnership is calling upon the UK government to ensure that vulnerable rural areas also being hit by agricultural crises are not further disadvantaged.'
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