THE OBJECTIVE ONE PROGRAMME FOR WALES 2000-2006
"Underlying our economic agenda for action is the need to make ourselves less susceptible to the whims of market changes and to carve out for ourselves a clear niche in the global marketplace. We will do this only by producing high quality, high value products and services, and not relying on low skilled jobs using yesterday’s technology which have been so vulnerable and cost us dearly in the past…Of course we need to make full use of the unique opportunity provided by Objective One funding. Over the period 2000-2006 around £1.2bn of European aid will be available to West Wales and the Valleys….We must grasp this opportunity with both hands…It will stretch our capacity and that of our partners to the very limit. But we have no choice. Either we grasp the opportunities offered by the new global economy or we become a backwater"
Rhodri Morgan : First Secretary, National Assembly for Wales. Western Mail 23.2.2000
"Considerable concern was expressed by a number of members about the lack of a clear and agreed analysis of what was happening in the Welsh economy. This called into question the whole issue of the Assembly’s economic targets, and whether or not they were realistic."
Welsh Assembly - Economic Development Committee : Minutes 6.7.2000
For full information and documentation on the EU's Structural Funds :THE STRUCTURAL FUNDS also, FACTSHEET UPDATE
The European Commission gave provisional approval to the the Wales Objective One Single Programming Document on 26 June 2000. Final approval for all UK Ob1 Programme areas should follow in July. (For details of the English OB1 Programmes in Yorkshire, Cornwall and Merseyside, see the relevant Government Office for the Region)
OR, for access to ALL EU Structural Fund Programmes by REGION : INFOREGIO SF 2000-2006
For the European Commission approval details, see :E.C.RAPID PRESS RELEASE - UK FUNDS and INFOREGIO REGIONAL AFFAIRS NEWS :
(6 July) "The European Commission recently approved in principle the UK single programming documents (SPDs) for Objective 1 regions until 2006. The United Kingdom is the only EU Member State to experience an increase in the number of regions eligible for Objective 1 compared to the 1994-1999 programming period. The four UK SPDs establish the priorities which will determine how structural assistance is used for development in Merseyside, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, South Yorkshire and West Wales and the Valleys. The Structural Funds will enhance the competitiveness of these regions - modernising the industrial base, encouraging high growth sectors, improving skills and promoting the Information Society. Altogether, the EU funding will mobilise over 11454 € million in investment, of which about 20% will be co-financed from the private sector. Together, it is estimated that they will bring the equivalent of 154,000 new jobs and provide training in new skills for 420,000 people. The priority actions of each SPD are tailored to the specific needs of the region concerned".
For the MAP of the UK Structural Fund Areas 2000-2006, see : UK/SF MAP 2000-2006
PES/MATCHING FUNDS :
Public Expenditure Cover and Match Funding for the Objctive One programme is being considered as part of the Treasury's Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). Decisions will be announced by Gordon Brown on 18 July 2000. This site will monitor subsequent progress, or see TREASURY SPENDING REVIEW 2000 Bookmarked Link.
MANAGING AGENCY FOR WALES : WALES EUROPEAN FUNDING OFFICE
NEW ! "WEFO" : THE AGENCY WEBLINK FOR WALES OBJECTIVE ONE AND EU FUNDS IN GENERAL ... INCLUDING PROGRAMME MAGEMENT, BACKGOUND INFORMATION, CONTACTS ETC : WELSH EUROPEAN FUNDING OFFICE (Formally WEPE)
For further information on the Objective 1 programme please contact :
Welsh European Funding Office Machynlleth Tel: 01654 704900 Mountain Ash Tel: 01443 471100 Cardiff Tel: 029 20825111 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
European Affairs Division, National Assembly for Wales Cardiff Tel: 029 20825111
OBJECTIVE ONE MONITORIING COMMITTEE - AGENDA AND MINUTES (VIA WEFO)
NOTE ! READ THE "TASK AND FINISH" REPORT - OB1 PMC PAPERS 15/12/2000 (WEFO WEB SITE) for "A NEW YEAR - A NEW START", OR ANOTHER LAYER ON THE WEDDING CAKE ?
WEFO ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS RELEASES
NOTE : APPLICATION FORMS AND GUIDANCE ON LINE AT 20.9.2000 (See "WEFO News")
NOTE : WEST WALES EUROCENTRE : EXCELLENT SOURCE FOR UPDATES AND LINKS
LINKS AND COMMENT :
This Webpage will now provide links to all EU, UK, WALES, ACADEMIC, MEDIA related information as the programme develops. See also, the ERA DEVOLUTION WEBPAGE
The INSTITUTE OF WELSH AFFAIRS (IWA) has published an extremely useful series of papers commenting on Wales and the application of EU Funds.