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Objective 1 West Wales and the Valleys 2000-2006

The Objective 1 programme ran from 2000 to 2006, resulting in over £87m of investment from the European Union into Swansea.

The aim of the programme was to help raise the level of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the Welsh economy, focussing on the West Wales and the Valleys area, which includes the City and County of Swansea.

The total European grant allocated to Wales was approximately £1.2billion. The final programme value was around twice that amount once 'match funding' contributions from the public, private and voluntary sectors were added in. Objective 1 status provided the opportunity for Swansea to begin to work towards achieving:

  • a high quality, job-creating, diversified, innovative and knowledge-driven economy
  • a skilled, enterprising and adaptable workforce
  • prosperity and a high quality of life for communities across all parts of the region

The West Wales and the Valleys Objective 1 programme were administered by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO). In Swansea the Objective 1 Local Strategy set out the main ambitions for use of this major funding stream.

Objective 1 investment resulted in a substantial and visible legacy of infrastructure and building improvements in a wide range of settings, from the city centre to village halls, communities and skills development.

The Moving Swansea Forward report shows many of the projects that took place with Objective 1 funding support.

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Many of these initiatives continued through the 2007-2013 EU programmes. Others have either completed their tasks or were more suited to alternative funding sources.

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