CONSERVATIVE MEP FOR SCOTLAND

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT BUNGLING FURTHER DELAYS £45 MILLION OF EU FUNDING

24.02.2016.

Ian Duncan, the Conservative MEP for Scotland, has condemned the Scottish Government for failing to meet EU funding rules, 7 months after the issue was first raised.

In August last year it was revealed that the European Commission were refusing to release funds, ear-marked for unemployed and disadvantaged people, until the SNP had formulated an 'action plan' to resolve accounting regularities. The European Commission have confirmed that they are still not satisfied with the Scottish Government's action plan.

Commenting, Ian said

"Once again the Scottish Government have shown staggering incompetence in their handling of vital European Payments. Running in parallel to the farm payments debacle, this latest revelation is a further let down to the people of Scotland."

"This money should already be in the system, supporting unemployed and disadvantaged people. They have been failed by their own Government and serious questions must now be asked about what is going so badly wrong in Edinburgh".

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Notes to editors.

1. The European Commission confirmed to the Press and Journal that they were still assessing the 'effectiveness of the (Scottish Government) action plan'.

2. Ian Duncan is the Conservative MEP for Scotland

 

 

Contact Andrew Johnston

Chief of Staff, Ian Duncan MEP

andrew.johnston@europarl.europa.eu