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Urban II programme: European Union contributes Euro 12.9 million to urban regeneration in Clyde, Scotland

Commission Européenne - IP/02/106   22/01/2002

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IP/02/106

Brussels, 22 January 2002

Urban II programme: European Union contributes Euro 12.9 million to urban regeneration in Clyde, Scotland

Michel Barnier, Commissioner responsible for regional policy, has announced the approval by the European Commission of a programme for urban regeneration in Clyde Urban Waterfront in Scotland. This URBAN(1) Community Initiative Programme will provide € 12.9 million from the European Union over the period 2000-2006. The European funding has attracted € 15.4 million in further investment from the public sector, creating total resources of € 28.3 million. Priorities will include training, improvement of the business environment and various measures to promote the inclusion of disadvantaged groups, particularly into the labour market.

Announcing the decision, Michel BARNIER said: "The URBAN initiative is a creative and innovative approach to urban regeneration. These programmes have a strong "grassroots" emphasis, involving local people at all stages in the decision making process. The programme for Clyde Urban Waterfront is no exception. It mobilises a strong local partnership and I fully endorse the programme priorities of social inclusion, training and renewing the business infrastructure. I am confident that this programme will make a substantial contribution to urban regeneration in Clyde."

The programme area in Clyde Urban Waterfront relates to the two communities of Clydebank South and Port Glasgow. The selected area covers a population of 27,900 inhabitants. The area is threatened by a high level of unemployment, a low level of education, high income support levels, poor housing, crime, drug misuse and poor health. On the other hand, the area is located close to Glasgow with good connections by the motorway network, strategic locations with potential for development, existing partnership arrangements and a great labour force potential.

The programme aims to tackle the situation by three main priorities:

  • Creating Capacity. Key actions aim at local capacity building and at addressing barriers to participation. (Community contribution: € 3.1 million).

  • Brownfield development. Key actions include tackling social exclusion, the problem with dereliction and contamination of both land and buildings, poor levels of amenity, difficulties in employment creation and low rates of business formation (Community contribution: € 5 million).

  • Local employment. Key actions include responding to a number of issues such as low economic activity in the area, a high level of unemployment, a low level of training activities and qualifications for school leavers (Community contribution: € 3.8 million).

An additional amount of € 1 million will finance technical assistance.

As with all URBAN programmes, this programme will be funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the responsibility of Mr Barnier.

URBAN

The goal of the URBAN Community Initiative is "economic and social regeneration of cities and of neighbourhoods in crisis in order to promote sustainable urban development". The second round of URBAN ("URBAN II") will cover the period 2000-2006, supporting 70 deprived urban areas across the EU. Total funding from the EU alone will be € 728.3 million and this will attract at least as much again in matched funding from both public and private sectors.

The total URBAN allocation for the United Kingdom amounts to € 121.7 million. Programmes have been submitted for West Wrexham, Belfast, Bristol, Burnley, Halifax, Hetton and Murton, Normanton/Derby, Peterborough, Stockwell, Thames Gateway and Clyde Waterfront.

A particular feature of URBAN II is the development of innovative models for urban regeneration. Another feature is a strong emphasis on partnership and on involving local actors. There will also be an exchange of information and experience on sustainable urban development across the European Union.

URBAN II is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Funding is available for initiatives such as the renovation of buildings and public spaces, local employment initiatives, the improvement of education and training systems for disadvantaged groups, the development of environmentally friendly public transport systems, the introduction of more efficient energy management systems and the use of renewable energy, developing the potential created by information society technologies.

The Commission adopts programmes which are proposed by a partnership including local and community groups. These programmes run for the whole of the period 2000-2006 and local actors are involved at all stages in this process.

Managing Authority

The Managing Authority of the programme is the Scottish Executive.

The Scottish Executive

European Structural Funds Division,

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh

EH6 6QQ

Contact person: Mr Jim Millard

Phone:  +0131-244 0692

Fax:  +0131-244 0738

E-mail: Jim.Millard@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Further information

More detailed information on the URBAN can be found in the memo/01/301 of 25 September 2001 at the following website :

European Commission :

http://www.inforegio.ec.europa.eu/wbpro/PRORD/prordc/prordc18_en.htm

(1) See below for a description of URBAN II.


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