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Convergence objective
Convergence Objective


  • GNI per inhabitant lower than 75% of the EU25 average GNI

  • Period used to determine the GNI was 2000-2002

  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) focuses its intervention on:

    • Modernising and diversifying economic structures

    • Safeguarding or creating sustainable jobs

  • Action in the following areas: research and technological development (RTD); innovation and entrepreneurship; information society; environment; risk prevention; tourism; culture; transport; energy; education; health

Competitiveness employment objective
Competitiveness & Employment Objective


  • Mainstreamed elements of URBAN and EQUAL

  • Support from ERDFand European Social Fund (ESF)

  • Priorities on three sections:

    • Innovation and knowledge-based economy: Regional capacities for research & technological development: innovation and entrepreneurship; financial engineering notably for companies involved in knowledge-based economy;

    • Environment and risk prevention: Polluted areas; energy efficiency; clean public transport; natural & technological risks, and

    • Access to transport & telecommunications and services of general economic interest

Territorial cooperation
Territorial Cooperation


  • ERDF focuses its aid on three main areas:

    • Development of economic and social cross-border activities;

    • Establishment and development of transnational

    • cooperation, including bilateral cooperation between maritime regions, and

    • Increasing the efficiency of regional policy through interregional promotion and cooperation as well as the networking and exchange of experiences between regional & local authorities

    • Area Secretariats centralise the management – also the calls for funding

Territorial cooperation cross border cooperation
Territorial Cooperation Cross-border Cooperation


  • Money for addressing challenges and removing barriers related to infrastructure, markets and services or cultural or linguistic aspects

  • 52 geographical programmes around borders across the EU

  • It offers funding for a wide range of themes, including:

    • Encouraging entrepreneurship, especially the development of SMEs, tourism, culture and cross-border trade

    • Improving joint management of natural resources

    • Supporting links between urban and rural areas

    • Improving access to transport and communication networks

    • Developing joint use of infrastructure

    • Administrative, employment and equal opportunities work

Territorial cooperation transnational cooperation
Territorial Cooperation Transnational Cooperation


  • Funds substantial projects working on communication corridors, flood management, international business and research linkages and the development of more viable and sustainable markets

  • 13 programmes across EU geographical areas

  • Funding for the following themes:

    • Innovation, especially networks of universities, research institutions and SMEs

    • Environment, especially water resources, rivers, lakes, sea

    • Accessibility, including telecommunications, and in particular the completion of networks

    • Sustainable urban development, especially polycentric development

Territorial cooperation interregional cooperation
Territorial Cooperation Interregional Cooperation


  • Funds networks to develop good practice and facilitate the exchange and transfer of experience by successful regions – “showcasing what regions do well, to the benefit of those still investing”

  • Works at pan-European level covering all EU-27 and some non-EU

  • Interreg IV C – regions working together around 2 priorities

    • Innovation and the knowledge economy

    • Environment and risk prevention

  • URBACT II – to facilitate learning on urban themes

  • European Spatial Planning Observation Network ESPON – scientific information for the development of regions and larger territories through applied research, analysis and tools

  • INTERACT II – training, services and tools to programme managers and administrators in order to improve the management of cooperation programmes

Territorial cooperation interregional cooperation 2
Territorial Cooperation Interregional Cooperation 2


  • Regions for Economic Change

  • INTERREG IV C and URBACT II are the main vehicles

  • To support regional and urban networks in developing and spreading best practice in economic modernisation – “Partnership in action”

  • 30 themes, including air quality, the low carbon economy, urban transport, energy efficient housing stock, improving monitoring of environment and security, managing coastal zones, reaping the benefits of the sea, achieving sustainable urban development, re-using brownfield and waste disposal sites, etc

  • 2-way bridge between thematic networking activities and the mainstream programmes of the Structural Funds

  • Enhanced joint communication effort – conference and RegioStars awards

  • Fast track option – Commission offers expertise to a number of selected networks – Requires the involvement of mainstream programme management authorities and commitment to the 2-way bridge

Cohesion fund
Cohesion Fund


  • GNI per inhabitant lower than 90% of the Community average

  • To reduce economic & social shortfall and stabilise economy

  • Actions in the framework of the Convergence objective

  • Subject to ESF and ERDF rules of programming, management and monitoring

  • For 2007-2013 concerns Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Spain is eligible to a phase-out fund only as its GNI per inhabitant is less than the average of the EU-15

  • Finances activities on:

    • Trans-European transport networks, notably priority projects of European interest as identified by the Union;

    • Environment (also energy or transport)

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  • • Available for use in the Convergence and Competitiveness & Employment Objectives

  • JEREMIE (Joint European Resources for Micro to Medium Enterprises): To support improved access to finance for SMEs and development of micro-credit through the new Structural Funds

  • JESSICA (Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas): Supporting sustainable investment for urban development by offering Member States and Managing Authorities the possibility to "transform" grants from Operational Programmes into repayable and recyclable assistance to Public Private Partnerships and other projects

  • JASPERS (Joint Assistance for Preparing Projects in European Regions): Technical assistance instrument targetedat the new Member States to help them to prepare high quality large-scale projects

Eu solidarity fund
EU Solidarity Fund


  • Annual budget of €1 billion

  • It is used:

    • In the event of a major natural disaster

    • Exceptionally, in the event of an extraordinary regional disaster that affects the majority of the population of a region and has serious and lasting effects on its economic stability and living conditions

  • It can fund:

    • Immediate restoration to working order of infrastructure and plant in the fields of energy, drinking water, waste water, transport, telecommunications, health and education

    • Temporary accommodation and emergency services to meet the immediate needs of the population

    • Immediate securing of prevention infrastructures and measures to protect the cultural heritage

    • Cleaning up, including natural zones

  • UK floods (including the SWUK), Greek fires in 2007


3.3. Rural Development

and Fisheries

Rural development
Rural Development


  • New single fund, the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

  • The Rural Development Regulation sets out a structure for rural development based around four priority-axes, with up to 37 measures available for Member States to choose to fund in their new Rural Development Programmes:

    • Axis 1: Competitiveness of Farming & Forestry (minimum of 10%)

    • Axis 2: Improving the Environment & Countryside (minimum of 15%)

    • Axis 3: Diversification of the Rural Economy & Quality of Life in Rural Areas (minimum of 10%)

    • Axis 4: “LEADER” Axis (minimum of 5%)

The fisheries fund
The Fisheries Fund


  • Previous Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance is mainstreamed into a new European Fisheries Fund

  • The architecture centres around four main axes:

    • Axis 1: Adaptation of the Fishing Fleet

    • Axis 2: Investment in Aquaculture

    • Axis 3: Measures of Common Interest

    • Axis 4: Sustainable Development of Coastal Areas


3.4. Other EU ProgrammesThe Life Cycle of a Project

Pros and cons

Some cons…

It is competitive: you bid for the money

Hassle… deadlines... paperwork (potentially), etc.

Little money (sometimes)

Disappointment if application not successful

Need for a good

cost-benefit analysis

Some pros!

Responding to local needs


Chance to work with European colleagues

Chance to learn and be stimulated!

Sense of achievement

Profile for the territory and professional recognition

Need for relevant intelligence and expertise –

Regional Offices

Pros and Cons


Financing tools
Financing Tools


Calls for Proposals

  • Most funding for local and regional authorities is available for these types of activities

  • Officially announces the availability of fundingfor projects/ideas and invites interested parties to submit proposals - competitive

  • Projects, EU networks, conferences, calls for experts, etc.

  • Calls for Tenders

    • Undertaking work for the European Commision with clear tasks and specifications: research studies/analyses or provision of services (conference organisation, web portals, etc.)

    • Issued by Commission/Management Authorities (central actions)

    • Can be thought of as “secondary level”

Support activities and expenditure
Support: Activities and Expenditure


  • Traditional activities

    • Exchanges of best practice and mutual learning

    • Encouraging mobility of people

    • Development of new and innovative ideas and approaches

    • Support for organisations operating at EU level

  • Traditional types of expenditure

    • Personnel costs

    • Travel & subsistence

    • Seminars/Conferences

    • Translation

Support you won t get
Support You Won’t Get


  • Infrastructure: roads, buildings, capital developments etc. (some exceptions)

  • Core national competences (principle of subsidiarity):

    • Education: school services provision

    • Health: hospitals and health care

    • Prison service

    • Local roads/transport infrastructure

    • Community facilities

  • Ongoing operating costs

Swukbo s project support
SWUKBO’s Project Support


  • Lobbying on EU policies and the EU Budget: from the source

  • Development of new projects:

    • Awareness raising: EU Funding Guide, Roadshows and Masterclasses

    • Intelligence: Briefings, advanced info, enquiries, EU proof of local/regional strategic documents

    • Technical support (eligibility criteria) + Support with EU dimension of the bid

    • Partner Search: online facility; actively seek to establish partners for SW projects, link partners into EU networks/projects in Brussels

    • Logistic Support: hosting meetings, seminars, dissemination events

  • Support with management and profiling of existing projects

    • Clarifications on technical issues (with EC officials)

    • Dissemination/promotional events in Brussels


Wave Hub - Convergence Obj

World's first large scale wave farm

Eden Project - Cornwall - Obj 1

Large scale environmental complex

Urban Heathlands - Dorset - LIFE - Urban pressures on heaths: wardening, fire fighting, wildlife protection and education

Silence - Bristol – FP6 - Mapping noise: soundwalks, noise strategy,driver assistance and traffic management

Environment, Energy & Transport and Rural Development

Eurocips– Devon – Interreg IIIB

Emergency Response to Coastal Oil, Chemical and Inert Pollution from Shipping

Chalk & Cheese – Dorset -Leader + Improving the quality of rural life with local people, food & craft producers and landscapes

Spatial Metro – Bristol – Interreg IIIB - Discovering the City on Foot

RE4D – Devon – Objective 2

Free independent advice & support on renewable energy

Legese – Bristol – eParticipation – Effective public participation in EU legislation implementation

FEEDU – Gloucestershire SWEA – IEE - Persuasive force of children through education

Best– Somerset – FP6 - Bioethanol for Sustainable Transport and market penetration

European Rural Tourism Development – BANES – Leonardo da Vinci

Going solo or with friends
Going Solo or with Friends?



SW Cohesion Support Group

SW Core (Rural Development)

SW Climate Change Impacts Partnership

English & UK Brussels Offices

UK Permanent Rep to the EU

EU Regional Brussels Offices