Present

  • Rt Hon. Mark Drakeford AM
  • Jeremy Miles AM (Chair)
  • Lesley Griffiths AM
  • Kirsty Williams AM
  • Ken Skates AM
  • Eluned Morgan AM
  • Rebecca Evans AM
  • Julie James AM
  • Vaughan Gething AM
  • Dafydd Elis Thomas AM
  • Jane Hutt AM
  • Des Clifford – Director General, OFM
  • Piers Bisson – Director, European Transition
  • Simon Brindle – Director, Brexit Strategy
  • Carys Evans – Principal Private Secretary, First Minister
  • Gareth Williams – Special Adviser
  • Tom Woodward – Special Adviser
  • Andrew Johnson – Special Adviser
  • Jane Runeckles – Special Adviser
  • Madeleine Brindley – Special Adviser
  • Alex Bevan – Special Adviser
  • Damian Roche – Cabinet, Plenary and Committee Secretariat (minutes)
  • Sophie Jones – Cabinet Secretariat (minutes)
  • Georgina Haarhoff – Deputy Director, Brexit Policy
  • Bill MacDonald – Head of Brexit Finance Policy
  • Rhys Davies – Legal Services
  • Joe Champion – Brexit Finance Policy

Item 1: European Transition Fund Tranche 3

1.1. The Counsel General and Brexit Minister introduced the paper, which asked the Cabinet Sub-Committee to consider and approve the proposals for tranche 3 of the EU Transition Fund.

1.2. The Minister for Finance and Trefnydd had met with the Counsel General and Brexit Minister to discuss the projects outlined in the paper, and welcomed the work that had been undertaken by European Transition officials to further develop proposals into fundable propositions.

1.3. The Sub-Committee noted the blend of projects.

1.4. The Sub-Committee agreed that funding should be deployed at times when it would be needed the most in order to be able to make a difference for the people of Wales. Work to deliver these projects should therefore be progressed urgently by the lead departments across Welsh Government.

1.5. It was recognised that cross-government monitoring reports on the impact of these proposed spending interventions were useful in gauging the effect across departments and some joint initiatives had been identified as a result, such as the work to address hate crime in schools.

1.6. It was advised that spending projects would be monitored by the usual departmental quarterly returns. An update would be provided to the Sub-Committee in early autumn to confirm when projects had been initiated.

1.7. The Counsel General thanked officials for their work involved in putting the bids together.

1.8. The Sub-Committee approved the proposed package and agreed to deploy funding as quickly as possible, ensuring that all communications were co-ordinated with reference to the European Transition Team to ensure maximum impact and exposure.

Cabinet Secretariat
July 2019