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.

Commons Briefing Papers

13.10.2015Greek debt crisis: background and developments in 2015
This briefing provides background to and analysis of developments in the Greek debt crisis, including an overview of the origins of the crisis, a review of latest developments and examines what would happen if Greece left the Eurozone.
09.06.2015EU exit: impact in key UK policy areas
If the UK left the EU, would UK citizens benefit? This would depend on how the Government filled any policy gaps left by withdrawal. In some areas, the environment, for example, where the UK is bound by other international agreements, much of the content of EU law would probably remain. In others, the government might decide to retain the substance of EU law, or to remove EU obligations from UK statutes. Much would also depend on whether the UK sought to remain in the European Economic Area and therefore continue to have access to the single market, or preferred to go it alone and negotiate bilateral agreements with the EU. This paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers how it might change be if the UK left the EU.
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.
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


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.

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 ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses