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Welsh MEP Derek Vaughan has welcomed the European Commission’s approval of the new European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for Wales which will see £960m in EU funds help to boost the economy and create jobs in West Wales and the Valleys.

A further £162m will go to East Wales taking the total ERDF funding for Wales to £1.1 billion.

Mr Vaughan said:

"This is excellent news for West Wales and the Valleys which receive an enormous amount of financial support from the EU.

In fact, Wales is a net beneficiary of EU funds. We receive £70 per person per year more than we put in.

Wales depends on this funding. That's why our membership of the EU is so important.

It's a huge mistake to even consider leaving the EU, and the right-wing parties who advocate leaving are clearly not acting in the best interests of constituents across Wales."

The ERDF funding will go towards the following areas:

  • £310m for Research and Innovation;
  • £198m to boost competitiveness, including through business finance;
  • £439m for Connectivity and Urban Development, which includes £252m for transport, including scope to support transformational public transport investments such as the Metro in the Cardiff Capital City Region, and other improvements including the A55 and A40;
  • £154m for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The European Social Fund (ESF) for Wales, worth £804 million, has been ‘agreed in principle’, with formal approval from the Commission expected within the next few weeks. The ESF will focus on supporting skills and helping people into work, bringing the total of EU funding for Wales to around £2bn.

Welsh MEP welcomes £960m in EU funds for West Wales and the Valleys

Welsh MEP Derek Vaughan has welcomed the European Commission’s approval of the new European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for Wales which will see £960m in EU funds help to boost...

Responding to today's European Court of Justice ruling on migration and benefits, Labour MEP for Wales Derek Vaughan called on the government to use existing powers to clamp down on abuse, and stop claiming nothing can be done.

Mr Vaughan said:

"I welcome today’s ECJ ruling denying benefits to migrants who go to another country expressly to claim benefits. It demonstrates yet again the dishonesty of UKIP claims that EU member states have no influence over these matters.

Nor is there any evidence for the existence of “benefit tourism” on any widespread scale. In fact only a tiny minority of EU migrants receive state benefits. This exposes the Tory-UKIP myth, invented for the sake of their own political ends, with no regard for the truth or the social fabric of Wales.

Most people who come to Wales do so to work hard and contribute to the UK tax system. For the few who seek to abuse the system, today’s ruling demonstrates what has always been the case: strong powers already exist to prevent that.

Both Germany and Belgium are already using such powers; the UK Government needs to do the same."

 

Welsh MEP says UK Govt should stop whining and use existing powers to clamp down on benefit abuse

Responding to today's European Court of Justice ruling on migration and benefits, Labour MEP for Wales Derek Vaughan called on the government to use existing powers to clamp down on...

Welsh MEP Derek Vaughan has welcomed the new European Partnership agreement which will see the poorest areas in Wales receive billions of dollars in European funding. The funding is for all of Wales with West Wales and the valleys receiving the most, but east Wales also seeing a big increase.

Mr Vaughan said the funds will support programs aimed at generating growth and creating jobs.

"EU funding is vital for programs such as Jobs Growth Wales, the Welsh Government Modern Apprenticeship scheme and business support schemes like the Joint European Resources for Micro to Medium Enterprises (JEREMIE) fund which helps Welsh businesses to expand. It also provides essential support for infrastructure projects and town centre developments.

EU projects have already helped some 186,900 people to gain qualifications and over 59,800 into work, and created some 29,000 jobs and over 9,800 enterprises. This new funding means we can continue to build on these positive results.

I worked very hard to secure this level of funding for Wales. Initially the Tories were insisting that we received £400 million less, but the Welsh Government and I lobbied the UK Government and the EU Commissioner to ensure Wales didn't miss out.

Wales has a good track record in terms of spending EU funding wisely on worthwhile programs and I'm confident this will continue to be the case with this new funding. I'm looking forward to seeing the positive difference that this funding makes in Wales."

EU Partnership agreement means £2.1 billion for Wales

Welsh MEP Derek Vaughan has welcomed the new European Partnership agreement which will see the poorest areas in Wales receive billions of dollars in European funding. The funding is for...


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