Buchan MSP rallies locals to capitalise on funding scheme

MSP Stewart Stevenson
MSP Stewart Stevenson

MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast Stewart Stevenson is encouraging communities to apply for a share of millions of funding.

The European Structural and Investment Fund has made £77m available throughout the European Union (EU).

Its stated aim is to promote ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth across the continent’.

Mr Stevenson urged residents of the local area to capitalise on the opportunity.

“Fishing is an important part of our Scottish coastal communities and I encourage people in my constituency to apply for their share of this funding.

“At the moment Scotland isn’t getting a fair share of the European Fisheries Fund, so I encourage all Scottish fishing communities to apply and make use of the benefits of this funding.

“It is important for us to get the best deal we can for Scottish fishermen.”

The programme will open for applications on Monday, January 18 and will run until 2020.

More information on how to apply will be made available closer to the time.

EU talks have been ongoing in Copenhagen to set catching opportunities for shared fish stock in 2016, including several key North Sea species.