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European Communities - Eleventh Report

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 18 March 1997.

VOLUME I-CONTENTS
Paragraph
  PART 1 INTRODUCTION1
  PART 2 BACKGROUND 7
  EU terminology 7
  Funds: scale and purposes11
  Principles of the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund20
PART 3 WITNESSES' EVIDENCE AND OPINION OF THE COMMITTEE27
Introduction27
  Opinion: introductory matters: cohesion-who pays?31
Cohesion: a joint Community and Member State responsibility32
  Opinion: responsibility for cohesion34
Philosophy: the four Principles37
Programming and Partnership38
  Opinion: programming and partnership45
Concentration51
  Opinion: concentration52
Additionality and matching-funding53
  Opinion: additionality and matching-funding55
What are the Funds achieving?57
Statistical evidence on disparities57
National macro-economic policies62
Funding issues64
Administrative weaknesses69
Psychological effects74
  Opinion: economic achievements76
  Opinion: funding issues79
  Opinion: psychological effects83
  Opinion: basis for reform89
Enlargement98
  Opinion: enlargement and EMU102
  Opinion: distribution of funds within the EU after 1999105
Recommendation111
PART 4 SUMMARY OF THE COMMITTEE'S RECOMMENDATIONS112
  Responsibility for cohesion112
  Programming and partnership114
  Additionality119
  Economic achievements121
  Funding issues122
  Psychological effects125
  Basis for reform126
  Enlargement and EMU133
  Distribution of Funds within the EU after 1999135
Appendix 1-Membership of Sub-Committee A  
Appendix 2-List of Witnesses  
Appendix 3-Facts on Structural Funds  

NOTE: Pages of the report (Volume I) are numbered in bold type; pages of evidence (Volume II-HL Paper 64-I) are numbered in ordinary type. References in the text of the report are as follows:

    (Q)  refers to a question in oral evidence;

  (p)  with a bold number refers to a page of the report and with an ordinary number to a page of evidence.


 
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