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The EU brings real benefits to Wales – through the single market and over £500m of EU funds annually.

Through the EU Structural Funds, Wales has benefited from just over £4bn since 2000, supporting business, research and innovation, helping people into work, increasing skills, improving transport and digital networks, regenerating our communities, and enhancing our environment.

Achievements

Since 2007, EU projects have created 11,925 enterprises and 36,970 (gross) jobs, assisted 72,700 people into work, 229,110 to gain qualifications, and 56,055 into further learning.

Some examples of EU investments are:

More information on how the UK’s membership of the EU has benefited Wales can be found in the Welsh Government’s case for continued UK membership of the EU.  

Other EU funding programmes

Wales also benefits from EU funds through the Common Agricultural Policy, providing around £200m a year in single farm payments to more than 16,000 farms in Wales

Wales also benefits from the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which can support businesses, farmers, the countryside and communities in rural areas.  This £957m programme is financed through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development by the EU and Welsh Government.

More than £500m has been invested since 2007 in initiatives such as Farming Connect and the Kite project (external link) to help increase the competitiveness of farms and rural businesses and improve the quality of life for rural communities and the environment.

In addition to the guaranteed EU funds for Wales, worth over £500m annually, other EU funds totalling over £90bn are also available to Wales, including the EU’s research and innovation fund, Horizon 2020, and ERASMUS which supports work, education and training opportunities abroad.  Read about some of the projects we have funded in the ‘Horizon success stories’ document.