European Structural Fund Programmes
31 December 2006 signified the end of the two main sources of
European structural funding available to the Vale of Glamorgan for
the period 2000-2006: the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Objective 2 and Transitional Programme and the European Social
Fund (ESF) Objective 3 Programme.
Under the European Commission’s new
arrangements, the Vale of Glamorgan’s main sources of Structural
Fund support will come from the Regional Competitiveness and
Employment (RCE) Programmes.
Note: West Wales and the
Valleys have qualified for the ‘Convergence’ Objective, which is
the successor to the previous Objective 1 Programme.
The RCE Programme for East Wales covers the
Unitary Authorities of Cardiff; Flintshire; Monmouthshire; Newport;
Powys; the Vale of Glamorgan and Wrexham.
Approximately £97 million of European funds
will be available to East Wales between 2007-2013 under RCE (or
‘Competitiveness’ as it has become known). The priorities for
funding have been developed to give effect to the vision of
creating a thriving, vibrant and competitive region that has a
highly skilled, innovative workforce that can compete
Two Operational Programmes have been developed for East Wales,
one for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and one
for the European Social Fund (ESF).
There are four European Regional Development Fund
Priority 1 - Knowledge and Innovation for Growth;
Priority 2 - Business Competitiveness and Growth;
Priority 3 - Tackling Climate Change;
Priority 4 - Regeneration for Growth.
There are two funding priorities under the European Social Fund
Priority 1 - Increasing Employment and Tackling Economic
Priority 2 - Improving Skill levels and the adaptability of the
If you would like to know more about how this impacts on the
Vale of Glamorgan you can contact Mike Jones, Policy Officer
(External Funding) for further information.
Tel: (01446) 709772