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European Structural Funds programmes pre-2013

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Between 2007-2013 Wales benefitted from £1.8bn of EU Funds to support growth and jobs.

Since 2007, EU projects have supported 234,335 people to gain qualifications and 72,700 into work. In addition, 36,970 (gross) jobs and 11,925 enterprises have been created.

The funds supported around 290 projects across Wales including:

  • £85m for 33,000 apprenticeships and 12,000 traineeships across Wales at  employers including Airbus, Admiral and GE Aviation
  • £40m for Swansea University’s new Bay Campus (external link)
  • £4.3m for the National Sailing Academy (external link) in Pwllheli
  • £3m for the redevelopment of Ponty Lido (external link)
  • £79m for the dualling of the A465 Heads of the Valleys road
  • £21m for the upgrading of train stations across Wales, including Aberystwyth, Carmarthen, Llandudno, Pontypridd and Port Talbot
  • £2.1m to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths among young people through the STEM Cymru (external link) project
  • £9.3m for the award-winning BEACON project (external link) which created closer links between Welsh academia and industry in low-carbon technology
  • £80m in town centre improvements and regeneration schemes across Wales, including Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd, Aberystwyth, Llanelli, and Newport.
  • £7.3m for the Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone (external link)
  • £54 million for Harbour Way (external link) – completing a link route between junction 38 of the M4 to Port Talbot and the docks, opening up the area for further business development
  • £1.5m for Parc Eirias (external link), the centre of sporting excellence in Colwyn Bay
  • £33m for the Jobs Growth Wales programme, which has created jobs for over 15,000 16-24 year olds across Wales

2000-2006 programmes

For the programming period 2000-2006, Wales was awarded over £1.5 bn of EU funding, which together with match funding from a variety of sources, generated over £3.7bn of total project investment in Wales.

Projects backed by EU funds included the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, the Orbit Business Centre in Merthyr Tydfil, the OpTIC Technium Centre in St Asaph, Hafod Eryri – the Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre, and the Ebbw Vale Innovation.