EU grants and loans

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on European Union grants and loans. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

10.12.2013State Aid
State Aid is financial assistance provided by EU Member States to companies or industries and is generally prohibited under European Commission law. This note explains what counts as State Aid, the motivation for the rules and the notification process.
18.09.2013The economic impact of EU membership on the UK
How does membership of the EU affect the UK economy? How does the UK's situation compare with that of Norway or Switzerland? This note looks for the answers.
25.05.2012The eurozone crisis - rescuing Greece
Greece's long-standing public debt problem became a crisis at the start of 2010 and has since escalated to a point where it threatens the survival of the euro. This note describes the country's May 2010 and February 2012 bail-out agreements, the results of the May 2012 elections, future prospects, and implications of euro exit
25.04.2012European Regional Development Fund
This note explains how funding from the European Regional Development Fund is allocated across regions in England and sets out current progress on spending the funds. It also provides information on the 2014-2020 funding round.
20.05.2011The European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism (EFSM)
The EFSM is a 60bn facility to provide loans to EU Member States in financial difficulty. It is financed through borrowing secured against the EU Budget. Thus far, Ireland and Portugal have received support through the EFSM.

Research Papers

26.07.2000European Structural Funds
European Structural Funds.House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/72.
21.10.1998The Reform of the European Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund
The reform of the European Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund. House of Commons Library Research Paper 98/92

Select Committee Reports

23.03.2010Making it work: the European Social Fund.
European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]

Early Day Motions

That this House draws attention to the existence of the European Globalisation Fund; notes that eight member states have already made applications for one or more awards from the Fund, ...
That this House notes with concern the Government's refusal of a European Commission offer to extend by six months the deadline for all countries to spend unused 2000 to 2006 European ...
That this House welcomes the Government's decision to pledge a further 58 million from the European Social Fund (ESF) allocation to retrain people facing redundancy in addition to ...
That this House notes that soft loans and payments amounting to 258 million euros over the last five years were paid by the EU to the BBC; believes that such payments compromise the ...
That this House expresses concern at the apparent delays the Government is experiencing in preparing and finalising its draft UK operational programme in relation to the 96 million ...

POST Papers

01.06.2010EU Science and Technology Funding, June 2010
This POST note explains The EU Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) and current developments.


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses