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   On  a  proposal by Bruce Millan, Commissioner  responsible  for  regional
   policies,  the Commission has approved for the period  1992-93  Community
   financial  support for two integrated development operational  programmes
   in  Industrial  South Wales and in Clwyd, North Wales.  Industrial  South
   Wales  has been allocated 106.4 MECU (£74.5 million) and Clwyd  has  been
   allocated 31.2 MECU (£21.8 million).
   Commenting on the decision, Mr Millan said, "Wales has suffered  severely
   from  the  problems  of industrial restructuring of the  coal  and  steel
   industries  and the impact of the recession. In spite of this,  Community
   actions  have  met  with considerable success.  For  example,  under  the
   1989/91  programmes  over 110 hectares of land were reclaimed  in  Wales,
   over  13,400 square metres of workshop space has been converted and  over
   12,700 people have benefitted from training schemes.
   The   1992/93  programmes  are  a  continuation  of  the   strategy   and
   achievements  of  the 1989/91 first phase programmes. The  aims  are  the
   creation of new jobs, the diversification and modernisation of Industrial
   South  Wales'  and Clwyd's economy, and the improvement of  the  region's
   image".
   The main areas of action will be:
   *  providing new sites for industrial development, such as the  provision
      of managed workshop units and business centres for SMEs;
   *  improving  transport links which are essential for  such  development.
      Expansion  of  the  North  Wales rail  network  and  access  roads  to
      industrial  sites  and  tourist  attractions  may  be  considered  for
      funding;
   *  business  support measures, for example, support for the creation  and
      growth of SMEs in the tourism sector, improving access to risk capital
      for SMEs and promotion of marketing and export activities;
   *  environmental  improvement  works to help improve the regions'  image,
      such  as improvement of the area alongside the Llangollen  canal,  and
      landscaping of the dockland area in Cardiff and areas adjoining  roads
      to the valleys;
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   *  developing  tourist attractions and facilities, such as the  continued
      development of the site of the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and
      the  site of the National Garden Festival being held in Ebbw  Vale  in
      the summer of 1992;
   *  support  for R & D, and vocational training, such as  further  support
      for Science and Technology Parks and encouragement of the greater  use
      of research and technological expertise in colleges and  universities,
      such as Llandrillo Technical College in North Wales.
   The programmes have been agreed between the partnership consisting of the
   European  Commission,  the  United  Kingdom  government  and  the   local
   authorities and other development agencies in Industrial South Wales  and
   in  Clwyd. The partnership will be responsible for the implementation  of
   the programme.
   NOTES
   Both programmes will run for two years until the end of 1993.
   Industrial  South Wales will receive a contribution from the  Community's
   Structural Funds of 106.4 MECU (about £74.5 million) comprising 78.5 MECU
   from  the  European  Regional Development Fund and  27.9  MECU  from  the
   European  Social Fund. The Community Funds' contribution will be  matched
   by  an  amount  of  174.9 MECU from both  central  government  and  local
   authorities, and 8.4 MECU from the private sector.
   The programme  covers the whole of the counties of Mid-Glamorgan and West
   Glamorgan;  that part of South Glamorgan eligible for Objective 2 of  the
   European  Community  Structural  Funds; the county  of  Gwent,  with  the
   exception  of  the travel to work area of Monmouth; those  parts  of  the
   travel  to work areas of Ebbw Vale and Abergavenny, Aberdare and  Swansea
   located  in  the county of Powys; and those parts of the travel  to  work
   areas of Llanelli and Swansea located in the county of Dyfed.
   Clwyd  will receive a contribution from the Community's Structural  Funds
   of 31.2 MECU (about £21.8) comprising 28 MECU from the European  Regional
   Development  Fund  and  3.2  MECU from  the  European  Social  Fund.  The
   Community  Funds' contribution will be matched by an amount of 46.2  MECU
   from both Central government and local authorities, and 3.2 MECU from the
   private sector.
   The  programme  covers  the  travel-to-work  areas  of  Wrexham  and   of
   Shotton/Flint/Rhyl.
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