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Welsh MEP urges Osborne to help access EU funds to rebuild Wales

Welsh Labour MEP Derek Vaughan has urged the UK Government to apply for EU funding to help rebuild Welsh communities affected by recent storms and floods.


Mr Vaughan said support is available under the European Solidarity Fund but the UK Government must apply within the stringent 10 week deadline following a natural disaster.


Mr Vaughan said: “Many parts of Wales have incurred extensive damage to local roads, promenades, coastal defences and other infrastructure.


Given the exceptional circumstances of the past few weeks and the economic impact of the devastation on many areas in Wales, I would urge the UK Government to apply to the Solidarity Fund to help those areas get back on their feet as soon as possible


I’ve written to George Osborne and the Environment Secretary to press them to apply for this support before the application period runs out.


“I’ve also offered my assistance to progress the matter as soon as possible.


“We must ensure all possible sources of funding and assistance are explored to ensure that efforts to restore affected areas can take place in a prompt and timely manner.”


Mr Vaughan said the UK received emergency support from the EU in 2007 when the Labour Government received more than 162.3m to help communities recover from flooding.


Since the fund was established in 2002, 23 Member States have received a total of €3.5billion. 


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