§ 83. Sir Russell Johnston
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking through the Council of Ministers to ensure that Portugal receives substantial financial and economic assistance through the European Community after accession.
§ Mr. Rifkind
The financial arrangements agreed with Portugal during the enlargement negotiations reflected the Community's intention that she should be a modest net beneficiary from the Community's budget. The precise extent to which she is able to benefit from Community membership will also depend on her ability to take advantage of Community financial mechanisms such as the structural funds.