Taking place on May 9 at the Welsh Government’s office in Llandudno Junction, the showcase will include a display of projects funded through the EU’s Convergence programme and the EU’s Ireland Wales Cross Border Programme, highlighting how north Wales is benefiting from EU-backed schemes.
The display will be open to the public at Y Bont in the Llandudno Junction office between 10am and 3pm on Europe Day - established in 1985 to celebrate the first steps taken towards the creation of what is now known as the European Union. It is one of many events taking place across Wales and the EU to mark the day.
Amongst the Convergence projects featured will be the new £6.5 million Parc Eirias sport and culture venue at Colwyn Bay and the Nant Gwrtheyrn centre, which has been refurbished and developed into a heritage and tourism hub thanks to £3.8 million from the Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund.
There will also be several Ireland Wales Cross Border programme projects on display including digital business creation initiative Inventorium; the Bangor University-led GIFT programme, which aims to establish a cross border innovation forum to grow a sustainable “green economy”, and MISE, which is heightening public awareness of mammals in the environment by involving volunteers in sample collection.
Deputy Minister for European Programmes, Alun Davies said:
“I’m delighted to hear that people have the opportunity to visit Y Bont at the Welsh Government’s building in Llandudno Junction to get a real understanding of how North Wales is benefiting from EU-backed schemes.
“European funding plays a vital role in supporting projects and delivering sustainable benefits for people and communities throughout Wales.”
Caroline Thompson, Business Manager for Inventorium, which is led by the Centre for Advanced Software Technology (CAST) at Bangor, welcomed the opportunity to showcase the project at the Europe Day celebrations in order to highlight the support it had received and the resulting benefit to the north Wales economy.
“We are delighted to have received support from the Welsh European Funding Office, the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly and Ireland Wales Cross Border Programme funding because it enables projects such as ours, to develop cultures of innovation in North West Wales and South East Ireland.
“During times of austerity it is important that Europe continues to support an economic recovery and assists with the development and growth of new enterprises.
“Inventorium achieves this by holding problem solving workshops within health, education, culture, environment and tourism. By engaging with us, individuals or businesses may be able to create new products, processes or services as a solution to some of the problems and this in turn creates new jobs.”