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Future of EU funds

The White Paper, Securing Wales’ Future: Transition from the European Union to a new relationship with Europe (external link), published 23 January 2017, provides a comprehensive and credible plan for the negotiations with our partners in Europe on the UK’s exit from the EU.

The paper reaffirms that Wales must have replacement funding from UK sources after 2020 and at levels equivalent to what Wales would have otherwise received through the EU to help address Wales’ long-term challenges.

The paper emphasises also that the UK should continue to participate in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020, ERASMUS+ and the Territorial Co-operation programmes or their successor programmes beyond 2020.

Current EU funding programmes

We are continuing to deliver our EU funding programmes in Wales. Applications for EU funds are still being developed and approved in line with objectives agreed by the European Commission.

The UK Treasury will provide a full lifetime guarantee for all structural and investment projects approved before the UK leaves the EU.

This also includes investments to UK organisations through the European Territorial Co-operation programmes from which Wales benefits, including the Ireland Wales programme, as well as programmes directly managed by the European Commission, such as Horizon 2020 (Letter available here)

First Minister welcomes UK Government announcement (4 October 2016) on Structural Funds

EU funding programmes

Other EU funds

EU funds are also available to organisations and individuals through other EU programmes:

  • COSME (external link) – Helps to increase business competitiveness with assistance to improve access to finance and markets.
  • Erasmus+ (external link) – Offers opportunities for UK participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe.
  • Creative Europe (external link) – Supports the cultural and creative sectors, enabling them to reach new audiences, develop skills for the digital age and safeguard cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • Connecting Europe Facility (external link) – Investing in trans-European networks and infrastructures in the sectors of transport, telecommunications and energy.
  • LIFE (external link) – Supports nature, biodiversity, conservation, environmental and climate change projects.
  • EaSI (external link) – Aims to support employment, social policy and labour mobility across the EU.

Looking for EU funding streams?

See an online check-list (external link) to help identify EU Funding opportunities available to you.