England’s Voluntary Sector Can Have Say on Future of EU Funding

The Government is holding a series of roadshow events across England over the next few weeks to seek views on a new streamlined approach for delivering European Union (EU) funds.

The current round of European funding period (2007-2013) is coming to an end soon, and the Government is offering an opportunity for the voluntary sector to give their views on the next spending period (2014 – 2020).

The EU funds covered include the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Social Fund (ESF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The funds are the main European instruments for supporting local projects to increase jobs and growth and the Government wants to find a more efficient way for distributing funds for the next spending period.

The views of stakeholders such as local authorities, universities and the voluntary sector are of particular interest to the Government.

Business and Enterprise Minister Michael Fallon said:

“These EU funds help to boost growth and jobs across the UK and we need to make the most of them. For the next seven years it’s important that they are delivered in the most efficient way to ensure we get maximum impact for the investments being made.

“It’s vital we have discussions with the organisations that will deliver and benefit from these funds at an early stage.”

Following feedback from the roadshows, a formal consultation will be launched in spring 2013.

The roadshows are taking place in:

  • Leicester – 22 November.
  • Maidstone – 26 November.
  • Ipswich – 30 November.
  • Durham – 3 December.
  • Scarborough – 4 December.
  • Wakefield – 5 December.
  • London – 7 December.
  • Cornwall – 11 December.
  • Taunton – 12 December.
  • Reading – 13 December.
  • Preston – 17 December.

Although invitations have already been sent out, any organisation wishing to attend one of the road shows should email structuralfundsnegotiations@bis.gsi.gov.uk

Further information can be found here (opens in new window).

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