The change splits England into three and lumps those parts together with chunks of other countries to create
Under the programme, known as INTER-REG,
Counties along England’s south coast form the “Manche Region” along with northern France.
The “Atlantic Region” takes in western England, along with Ireland, Wales and parts of Portugal, Spain, France and Scotland.
Meanwhile eastern England is part of the “North Sea Region”, which covers areas of Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Norway and the Netherlands.
Each region, which will be given taxpayers’ money to promote trade links, cultural ties, transport policies and tourism, is to be run by a “managing authority” of unelected officials overseen by a director.
None will be based in the UK,
Manche will be ruled by the French,
Atlantic by the Portuguese
and North Sea by the Danes.
The regions have legal status and
Manche has a budget of £261million between 2007 and 2013,
Atlantic £127million and
North Sea £274million.