Flying The Flag For Europe
Posted on Tuesday 8th May 2012
Rhondda Cynon Taf is flying the flag in recognition of Europe’s multi-million pound input in the County Borough with the whole range of regeneration projects undertaken.
Public buildings in town centres throughout the County Borough are flying flags as part of the Europe Day commemorations.
Funding from the Welsh Government through the European Regional Development Fund and Targeted Match Funding has been invested in Rhondda Cynon Taf’s innovative town centre regeneration projects.
These include a £10.5million investment in Pontypridd, £7.7million in Aberdare and £3.1million in Ferndale town centres.
European Social Fund investment has also been made available for the £14million Building the Future Together project for young people, with further European investment made into the Local Investment Fund, South East Wales Community Economic Development Scheme and Bridges Into Work.
The projects managed by Rhondda Cynon Taf, who have also made significant investment will collectively improve the quality of life for residents, through enhancing town centres, providing improved training opportunities, and financial assistance to start up businesses and social enterprises.
Europe Day on May 9th remembers the anniversary of the day in 1950 when a speech by French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman laid the foundation stone for what became the European Union
Director of Regeneration and Planning Jane Cook said: “We owe a great debt of gratitude to various funding sources for the major investment they have made into many outstanding projects which enhance not only the local economy but the opportunities of our residents.
”We are proud to fly the flag for Europe Day in recognition of the financial support afforded to Rhondda Cynon Taf which has benefited the entire County Borough.”
The schemes have been made possible following funding from the Welsh Government through the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund, alongside council and other contributions.