Brussels - Policy Briefings

European Territorial Cooperation Statement (26 February 2019)

Over 50 organisations have today sent to ministers and MPs a statement calling on the UK to remain part of the EU’s cross-border funding programmes after Brexit. Over the past 25 years, these programmes known as European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), which includes programmes such as Interreg, URBACT and ESPON, have invested millions of pounds into local and regional economies across Britain in order to boost investment, create jobs, protect the environment and to improve the skills of our young people. Since 2000, UK organisations have led a total of 697 projects and participated in another 1453 ETC projects as project partners.

European Funding Calls open to UK in 2019 (5 December 2018)

UK is still eligible to apply for a number of funding calls in 2019. This Briefing summaries everything we know so far about the underwrite guarantee from UK Government, which calls will still be open to UK participants (whether or not there is a deal), the topics the calls will support and their deadlines.

EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-27 - What this means for BREXIT Britain and Greater Manchester (19 November 2018)

Greater Manchester has benefited from a significant amount of EU funding over the years. So far, this current financial period (2014-2020) over €616m (£537m) of EU funding has been invested in Greater Manchester. Around 67% of the funding have been structural funds – the European Structural Investment Fund -, the remaining €201m funding comes from other EU programmes supporting a variety of policy areas – research and innovation (Horizon 2020), lifelong learning and education (Erasmus+), territorial cooperation (Interreg, Urbact, etc), rural development (RDPE), environment (LIFE) and enterprise (COSME).

Regardless of the outcome of Brexit, UK will still be able to participate in some of the EU programmes post 2020.

The Commission released this summer their proposals for the next financial period, 2021-27. GMCA has prepared an analysis of the current proposals and how relevant they will be to UK and Greater Manchester. 


Horizon 2020  - Call that will be of interest to cities and urban authorities (15 December 2017)

Horizon 2020 is the €80bn European R&D and innovation programme. GMCA has prepared a summary of the calls for 2018 and 2019 that will be more relevant to Greater Manchester authorities.