European Structural and Investment Funds

European Structural and Investment Funds

What’s Happening With European Structural and Investment Funds

The Scottish Government has established three national shadow Strategic Delivery Partnerships (SDPs) to govern and shape the investment priorities of the new European Structural and Investment Fund Programme (2014 – 2020). These shadow partnerships have been established to align with one of three groupings of the thematic objectives set by the European Commission.
The three partnerships bring together a wide range of representative organisations from the public, private and third sectors. Partnership membership has been established by invitation from The Scottish Government. Each group is chaired by a Scottish Government Director or Deputy Director with a direct interest in the themed fund.
SCVO and others have expressed concern that the partnerships are public sector dominated and we will continue to argue strongly that this needs to be resolved in order to ensure proportionate representation and meet the European Commission’s requirements on transparency in decision making.
The Shadow Partnerships (and the nominated Third Sector representatives) are:

• Competitiveness, Innovation and Jobs – Finlay Laverty (Princes Trust/ Third sector Employability Forum)
• Environment, Low Carbon and Resource Efficiency – Angus Hardie (Scottish Community Alliance)
• Local Development and Social Inclusion – John Ferguson (SCVO)

In order to ensure close collaboration across the Partnerships and to fully promote and represent the interests of the whole sector in these funds SCVO is establishing a small coordinating and support group. News from this group will be circulated on a regular basis.