The nature of European structural funding is such that it follows a rolling seven year cycle. Newport, therefore, along with the rest of Wales and the European Union, is currently undergoing a transitional phase with the end of the ‘old’ Programme period – 2000-2006 – and the beginning of the ‘new’ one which began in 2007, and runs to 2013.
Major projects that have received European funding and will provide Newport with lasting benefits include:
- RSPB Cymru’s Newport Wetlands Environmental Education & Visitor Centre, a major facility costing a total of £3.5m that will promote to a much wider audience an important natural habitat located on the outskirts of the city
- Newport Wastesavers’ Cleanstream Resource & Recycling Centre. The Centre has significantly enhanced Wastesavers capacity to deliver vital recycling services that, in partnership with the City Council, have helped Newport play a leading role in such activity in Wales
- Solas Cymru’s Pilot Project. A scheme that helped to integrate homeless people back into the job market through a series of training initiatives.
For the period 2007-2013, the mechanisms by which European funds are to be accessed differ significantly from those in operation during the 2000-2006 period. In essence, Newport qualifies for fewer funds under what is now termed Regional Competitiveness & Employment.
For further detailed information on the 2007-2013 Programmes, please visit the Welsh European Funding Office website at www.wefo.wales.gov.uk.
Alternatively, please contact:
European Affairs UnitNewport City Council
Telephone: (01633) 233285
Fax: (01633) 232334
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