Replacing European Structural Funds Post-Brexit

This event will examine options for replacing European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). 

Meeting the EU funding gap

The Scottish Government has been allocated nearly €1bn from ESIF between 2014 to 2020, with money used to support activities from government agencies and the third sector across skills and training programmes, R&D, and development of infrastructure.

However, the future of this funding is now in doubt following the Brexit vote – so what will replace these essential funds and how can we ensure any successor fund retains and build on the successes of ESIF?

The UK Government has announced a successor organisation dubbed the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), which it intends to consult on later this year, while the Scottish Parliament’s Economy Committee is currently undertaking its own enquiry into replacements for ESIF post-Brexit.

However, uncertainty remains on levels of funding, who will be eligible to access funds and whether any replacement will meet the needs of Scotland’s diverse communities and regions.

Join Holyrood on 12 December to hear expert perspectives on replacing EU funding and give your views on the challenges and opportunities it creates for your organisation.

Key issues we will address with you

  • Current context: the role and effectiveness of ESIF
  • The implications of a funding gap post-Brexit
  • Hear from key stakeholders on key policy priorities needed from UKSPF
  • Assess UK Government proposals for UKSPF

Who should attend

  • Scottish Government
  • Scottish Government agencies (including Scottish Enterprise, HIE, SFC, SDS)
  • Local authorities
  • Scotland Office
  • Third sector organisations and interfaces


09:30 Registration and Refreshments

10:30 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Professor Alan Alexander OBE, Emeritus Professor of Local and Public Management, University of Strathclyde

10:35 Session 1: The Role of ESIF and Ensuring the New Funding Model Works for Scotland

  • Perspectives from key stakeholder groups including government agencies and third sector on policy priorities for new funding models including eligibility and meeting the needs of the whole of Scotland

10:35 Ensuring the New Funding Models Works For Those That Need It The Most

Ruchir Shah, Head of Policy (Public Affairs), SCVO

10:55 Nature's Role in Delivering Future Prosperity and Wellbeing

  • Investing in nature brings multiple environmental, social and economic benefits and is central to Scotland’s future prosperity and wellbeing
  • Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is currently delivering 2 major structural fund programmes – one improving the environment of disadvantaged communities in our towns and cities; the other supporting new opportunities for remoter communities in the Highlands & Islands to promote their outstanding natural & cultural heritage to visitors
  • This funding has been vital in helping SNH to deliver collaborative projects, unlock other funding sources, encourage innovation and share best practice with other countries

Iain Rennick, Head of Structural Fund Projects, Scottish Natural Heritage

11:15 The Role of ESIF Engagement in the Scottish Higher Education Sector

  • Current ESIF engagement in the Scottish Higher Education sector
  • Plans for future engagement in regional policy post-Brexit

Linda Stewart, Director of European and International Development, University of Highlands and Islands

11:35 Refreshments and Networking

12:00 Session 2: Interactive Roundtable Session

This session will be an opportunity for delegates to raise the issues that matter most to them, discussing in small groups before using the outcomes as questions for speakers from earlier in the day

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:45 Session 3: Looking ahead to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

  • Latest thinking on the potential impact UKSPF
  • Case studies from other jurisdictions

13:45 The UKSPF and the UK's Towns

  • Why towns
  • The impact of Brexit on towns
  • What towns need to do
  • Important parameters for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Pippa Coutts, Policy and Development Manager, Carnegie UK Trust

14:05 How Can The UK SPF Help Promote Inclusive Growth?

Robert Tinker, Policy Officer, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

14.25 Q&A

14.55 Chair's Closing Remarks

Professor Alan Alexander OBE, Emeritus Professor of Local and Public Management, University of Strathclyde

15:00 Close of event

*Agenda subject to change


COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH | Map


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VATpp (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VATpp | 2+ places £195 + VATpp (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VATpp | 2+ places £245 + VATpp (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

12 December 2018



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