Aberdeen City Council is set to hear an emergency motion about the impact of the vote to leave the EU could have on the city.
Council leader Jenny Laing has asked the Lord Provost to take the motion, asking the chief executive Angela Scott for a report on the impact of the vote to be provided to the August council meeting.
It also calls for the chief executive to write to Prime Minister David Cameron and the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon asking about timescales for the exit from the EU, as well opportunities with both governments for the council to receive financial help towards any EU project that will no longer be funded due to the decision to leave.
The report will look into the short, medium and long term implications over the next 10 years of the vote for the council and its partner organisations.
The North-east has benefited from millions of pounds in EU funding for projects in the area – now those schemes and other potentials face an uncertain future.
A pot of £25 million from the EU has been handed to the city in the last five years.
Cllr Laing said: “We are unsure how the vote to leave will impact on funding projects in the short to medium term although in the long term as we are no longer members of the EU funding direct from the EU will be limited.
“I have asked the Lord Provost to take an emergency motion at the council on Wednesday instructing our chief executive to bring forward a report on the impact on Aberdeen on the vote to leave the EU.
“Until such time as we get a complete analysis from our chief executive it is difficult to say which projects are in jeopardy. The council receives a significant amount of money from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of The Smart City project which obviously we will no longer be eligible for.”
Among the projects in the area that have been boosted by EU funds are the hydrogen bus scheme, as well as offshore wind development, a North Sea electricity supergrid, and carbon capture and storage (CCS).
Cllr Laing said: “Significant funding was received from the EU in respect of the hydrogen bus project so if that funding was not made available it would have had to be funded elsewhere. Prior to the vote last week we have been looking to extend the project further. Aberdeen alongside Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Stirling, Inverness, Perth and Dundee are members of the Scottish Cities Alliance and it will be up to this group to talk to the EU about how best we can move forward with projects that are already in the pipeline.”
However, with regards to the possibility of Scotland gaining its independence impacting on any funding, she said there would be no change.
Cllr Laing said: “There is no guarantee Scotland would retain its EU membership as an independent country. Indeed Spain has previously indicated that they would veto EU membership for an Independent Scotland.”
Meanwhile, one of Aberdeenshire Council’s co-leaders said a number of key projects had been delivered by EU funding and last week’s vote put a question mark over the ability to access further funds in the two years before a Brexit.
He added: “As an administration, together with our senior officers we’ll be carefully considering the impact which leaving the EU will have, on direct funding as well as the broader implications such as the impact on the economy and procurement legislation.
“Aberdeenshire Council doesn’t take a position on the constitutional debate.
“However, it’s stating the obvious that an independent Scotland within the EU would be able to access funding streams once again on the same basis as any other member state.
“My personal view is that given the choice, following last Thursday’s vote, many Scots are now much more likely to choose the future of an independent Scotland in the EU, ahead of a devolved Scotland that’s been left on the outside looking in.”