Europe & International Affairs

How does Scotland benefit from EU funding?

Scotland receives significant funding from the EU which helps us support our goals of improving lives, helping businesses to innovate and grow, promoting inclusive growth and promoting Scotland on the international stage.


Between 2014 and 2020, Scotland will receive over €900 million of funding through European Structural Fund programmes. This funding is being used for programmes to reduce poverty and social exclusion, boost educational attainment and skills development and increase employment to name just a few. Funding from the 2007-2013 European Structural Fund programme supported almost 100,000 people into work, created over 40,000 jobs, supported over 80,000 enterprises and more than 17,000 new business start-ups.

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