Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report

CULTURE PROGRAMME 2007-2013 (11572/04)

Letter from the Chairman to Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

  Thank you for your letter dated 20 December 2005[195] which was considered by Sub-Committee G on 12 January.

  We are glad that partial political agreement was reached at the Education, Youth and Culture Council meeting on 14/15 November 2005 on what appear to be satisfactory terms. We note that final agreement on the programme is expected during the current year, following consideration of the outstanding budgetary aspects and Second Reading by the European Parliament. We look forward to your further report on these developments in due course.

  We are also grateful to you for confirming your view that priorities and objectives of the Programme are sensible and should have lasting impact. We hope that the robust evaluation expected to result from the incorporation of SMART principles will ensure good value for money from this complex and ambitious programme. We are also glad to see the administrative processes are being simplified and look forward to scrutinising the interim evaluation of the new Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency in due course.

12 January 2006

195   Correspondence with Ministers, 45th Report of Session 2005-06, HL Paper 243, pp 572-574. Back

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