ESEC and Scotland Europa are delighted to invite you to a cross-sectoral round-table discussion on the future of EU regional programmes in Scotland for 2014-2020. We have invited a small number of representatives from sectoral groups and managers of strategic projects which are being delivered in the current programmes. If you are not able to attend in person, you may like to send an alterative colleague from within your organisation.
The Scottish Government held a publicity event on the 15 November where the future programmes were discussed with a range of stakeholders for the first time. From this event we are working to the assumption that there will be an even greater role for delegated delivery bodies which bundle a number of projects together at the start of the programming period. Working to the timescales they have set themselves to enable to the programmes to start on time in 2014, work on drafting the Operational Programmes will commence in 2012.
Stakeholders who attended the Scottish Government event emphasised the need for policy, delivery models and audit requirements to be taken into consideration concurrently in developing future programmes. In considering the draft regulations for ERDF, ESF, EARDF and EMFF, there are multiple avenues down which the programmes could be developed. Priorities will be limited and more focussed in nature. It is also difficult to imagine the use of the proposed delivery models for all activities. Even less straight forward is considering how activities which different sectors may wish to pursue and how they could be woven together.
The purpose of this discussion is therefore to have a first discussion on priority activities to see if the aspirations of each sector can compliment each other.
We know that a number of organisations will not be in a position to be definitive about their priorities at this stage. This is very much a first discussion and will operate under Chatham House rules for that purpose.
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East of Scotland European Consortium
The East of Scotland European Consortium (ESEC) represents the European interests of it local authority members in Eastern and North Eastern Scotland. Members collaborate on a shared European agenda.