San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
An East of Scotland Regional Strategy or Strategies?
Morning Session 10.00-12.30: The results of workshops on strategic projects and delivery models will be presented to ESEC elected members for discussion. The discussion from this workshop should be used to inform what might be needed in terms of a regional strategy or regional strategies within the East of Scotland.
Afternoon Session 13.00-15.30: Building on the discussions from the morning session, the afternoon session will consider the future direction of the ESEC. Given the direction of travel with future EU funding delivery, elected members should reaffirm what they want from ESEC in the years to come. This needs to be considered in the context that Moray Council will fully move into Highlands and Islands region in 2014 and thus from 2014/15 onwards there will be one less member of ESEC.
Background to the Workshop Series
The Scottish Government is currently drafting the next generation of EU Programmes in Scotland in preparation for the new 2014-2020 EU programming period. The EU funds the Scottish Government are responsible for developing Operational Programmes for will be known collectively as “European Structural and Investment Funds” in the future. This includes: the European Regional Development Fund; European Social Fund, rural communities aspects of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) which includes the LEADER Programme; and communities aspects of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The Scottish Government is currently aiming for each of the Operational Programmes to be ready in May and finalised in June 2013 ready for public consultation.
Current Scottish EU Funds have operated through a challenge fund approach of awarding projects with some experimentation with a type of commissioning of projects through Community Planning Partnerships who manage local employability and skills partnerships, Strategic Delivery Bodies (SE and UHI), and a global grant scheme in the South of Scotland. In addition, Local Action Groups for LEADER and the Fisheries Communities Axis have had delegated responsibility for community development and delivery of local strategies. The new programmes are expected to have hardly any challenge funding and this requires local authorities to plan a mini-programme or programme of works for a 7 year period which complement the objectives of the Operational Programmes.
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East of Scotland European Consortium
The East of Scotland European Consortium (ESEC) represents the European interests of it local authority members in Eastern and North Eastern Scotland. Members collaborate on a shared European agenda.