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European Funding

  1. 1. Convergence Update Gwyn Evans Pembrokeshire SET Outreach 24 October 2008
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Convergence: An Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Convergence & Objective 1: the differences </li></ul><ul><li>Convergence application process </li></ul><ul><li>Convergence ESF Priority 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Another way of accessing funds - tendering </li></ul><ul><li>The role of Spatial European Teams </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Convergence: An Overview 1 <ul><li>ERDF Programme </li></ul><ul><ul><li>P1 Building the Knowledge Economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>P2 Improving Business Competitiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>P3 Developing Strategic Infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>P4 An Attractive Business Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>P5 Building Sustainable Communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>T1 Physical Regeneration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>T2 Community Economic Development </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Convergence: An Overview 2 <ul><li>ESF Programme </li></ul><ul><ul><li>P1 Supplying Young People with Skills for Learning & Future Employment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>P2 Increasing Employment & Tackling Economic Inactivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>P3 Improving Skills Levels & the Adaptability of the Workforce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>P4 Modernising & Improving the Quality of our Public Services </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Convergence: An Overview 3 <ul><li>Strategic Frameworks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>9 ERDF Thematic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 ERDF Spatial (Pembrokeshire Haven) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6 ESF Thematic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Intended to improve impact & strengthen alignment between WAG and EU policies </li></ul><ul><li>Vitally important that any application properly addresses them </li></ul>
  6. 6. Convergence & Objective 1 <ul><li>Larger scale, longer (more costly) projects </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative project planning - preference for regional projects </li></ul><ul><li>Large number of national projects </li></ul><ul><li>Procurement of delivery organisations </li></ul><ul><li>WEFO On-Line </li></ul><ul><li>PDOs “more hands-on” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Convergence Application Process <ul><li>[ Project Idea Form - PIF] </li></ul><ul><li>Request to submit Expression of Interest </li></ul><ul><li>Expression of Interest Parts 1 & 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment - Approve / Reject / Defer </li></ul><ul><li>Business Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment - Approve / Reject </li></ul><ul><li>This is a lengthy process ! </li></ul>
  8. 8. ESF Priority 1 (Young People) <ul><li>WEFO wish to have EoIs for P1 ESF by 31 October 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: to map interest & confirm balance in “interventions, target groups, spatial concentration and delivery approaches” </li></ul><ul><li>Priority is not closing (but treat it as if it was) </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: Ruth Akers 01654 704915 or Stephen Byrne 01685 729669 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Tendering for Funding <ul><li>All Convergence related contracts will be advertised via Sell 2 Wales website </li></ul><ul><li>This will include opportunities for voluntary groups wishing to deliver activities as a part of an approved project. </li></ul><ul><li>N.B. (Almost) all delivery must be procured in this way </li></ul><ul><li>WCVA 3-SET available to offer advice on this. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Spatial European Teams <ul><li>Successor to the Secretariat support function in Objective 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Now organised regionally: South West covers Pembs, Carms, Neath PT & Swansea </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach, Central & Third Sector </li></ul><ul><li>Pre- and post- approval support, publicity, monitoring. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Questions ? <ul><li>European Affairs Unit </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Development Division </li></ul><ul><li>Pembrokeshire County Council </li></ul><ul><li>County Hall </li></ul><ul><li>Haverfordwest </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 01437 776174 / 5 / 6 & 776181 </li></ul><ul><li>gwyn.evans@pembrokeshire.gov.uk </li></ul>

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