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29th November 2016, 20:09

Gibraltar still able to apply for EU funding until UK formally leaves the EU

Gibraltar is still able to apply for European Union funding, and will be able to continue doing so until the UK formally completes its negotiations and leaves the EU.

This has been revealed in answers to questions put to the Government by GBC. There are some issues which cannot be resolved however, until they come up in Article 50 negotiations, such as when applications for funding will be cut off, and when the last batch of funding will arrive in Gibraltar. For its part, the staff at the EU Office will remain open until all EU funding programmes are closed down.

The Director of European Programmes for Gibraltar, Mr Charles Collinson, has returned from a number of EU Structural Funds meetings in London last week.

Discussions centred on the current state-of-play of the European Social Fund in Gibraltar and the benefits that have been derived from this fund in the past.

Mr Collinson and his team were congratulatied by the European Commission for being the first region in Europe to have completed its 2007 to 2013 funding programme, anf for having been the top UK region in respect to its commitment of funds under the programme.