Uncertainty over EU funding in Wales, Blaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies warns

ALUN Davies, AM for Blaenau Gwent and Deputy Minister for Agriculture and European Programmes has announced plans for a formal public consultation on future EU Programmes in Wales.

In a recent statement he said a formal public consultation, Wales and the EU: Partnership for Jobs and Growth, will begin on January 14 with the publication of the Structural Funds consultation documents for West Wales and the Valleys and East Wales.

The Minister said: "There remains considerable uncertainty over the amount of future funding we are likely to receive in Wales. Across Europe - and within the UK - there remain differences of opinion, particularly the size of the EU budget and the fairness of the arrangements for distributing this between Member States.

"I have been pressing the case for Wales to reinforce the message that priority needs to be given to the less developed regions of the EU, including regions in richer member states, like West Wales and the Valleys.

"I am determined to negotiate a fair deal for our region, so our specific needs are recognised by the UK in its EU budget negotiations for 2014-2020."

The exact funding allocations are likely to be confirmed in the next few months.

For more information visit www.wefo.wales.gov.uk. The deadline for responses to the public consultation is April 23 2013.

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8:01am Mon 14 Jan 13

gathin says...

The UK as a whole "gives" £50m a day to these jumped up peacocks in Bruxelles/ Strasbourg (they change location every 6mths for no apparent reason but always at our expense) but what do we, the taxpayer, get out of being in the EU?
I think we're in for a lot of problems with our EU-Laccy politicians and it would be nice to get that referendum rather than it remaining as an incentive from our politicians if we decide to vote them back in.
What swine!
The UK as a whole "gives" £50m a day to these jumped up peacocks in Bruxelles/ Strasbourg (they change location every 6mths for no apparent reason but always at our expense) but what do we, the taxpayer, get out of being in the EU? I think we're in for a lot of problems with our EU-Laccy politicians and it would be nice to get that referendum rather than it remaining as an incentive from our politicians if we decide to vote them back in. What swine! gathin
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8:08am Mon 14 Jan 13

Mervyn James says...

Quite so ! Why send it to Brussels first for their cut and have to fight for some back after ? Just send it here. They are justy funding junkets and high wages for faceless morons who are unelected anyway. Apart from the Kinnock's ! who done fine thanks out of it.
Quite so ! Why send it to Brussels first for their cut and have to fight for some back after ? Just send it here. They are justy funding junkets and high wages for faceless morons who are unelected anyway. Apart from the Kinnock's ! who done fine thanks out of it. Mervyn James
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5:10pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Llanmartinangel says...

I broadly agree with these views but bureaucracy is not just a European disease, we're just as guilty in the UK. Wales is awash with layers of government and it's employees, all achieving no more than half as many did before Blair ballooned the size of government. If cuts were ruthlessly applied to burgeoning government and their civil service departments and the money spent on infrastructure and factory start-ups in Wales, real wealth could be created. As it is we're just recycling taxpayers money very inefficiently.
I broadly agree with these views but bureaucracy is not just a European disease, we're just as guilty in the UK. Wales is awash with layers of government and it's employees, all achieving no more than half as many did before Blair ballooned the size of government. If cuts were ruthlessly applied to burgeoning government and their civil service departments and the money spent on infrastructure and factory start-ups in Wales, real wealth could be created. As it is we're just recycling taxpayers money very inefficiently. Llanmartinangel
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