Delegates converged on St Asaph last Friday (12 Oct 2012) for a specially organised conference looking at how best European Union funding can be used to create more sustainable growth and jobs in Wales.
"The Future of Structural Funding & Horizon 2020 in Wales” event was hosted by Labour MEP, DEREK VAUGHAN, at the Glyndwr Optic Technium in the town and brought together leaders in local and national government, the voluntary sector, higher and further education, trade unions and business.
Speakers included Alun Davies AM (Welsh Government Deputy Minister for European Programmes), Steve Thomas (Chief Executive, Welsh Local Government Association), Professors Michael Scott & Stuart Irvine (Glyndwr University), Helen Wilkinson (Wales Council for Voluntary Action), Alwyn Rowlands (Wales TUC), Michael Learmond (Federation of Small Businesses) and Chris Ruane MP (Vale of Clwyd).
DEREK VAUGHAN MEP said:
"The next tranche of EU funding post-2013 will be vital for communities in Wales and we need to ensure that it is used efficiently and to maximum effect to create much needed jobs and growth.
The conference drew on the expertise that exists across Wales in the public, private and third sectors and looked at ways that organisations can work together and bring forward innovative and creative projects to address the economic, educational and social needs of local areas."
Deputy Minister for European Programmes, ALUN DAVIES AM, said:
"Only by working together in partnership and ensuring our investments focus on achieving sustainable jobs and growth in line with EU and Welsh Government strategies, will we create a globally competitive Welsh economy. I welcome this opportunity to continue valuable discussions with partners in North Wales on how we can collectively achieve ambitious and innovative projects that will deliver maximum impact for businesses and people across the region."
The event was kindly supported by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies.