San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Aimed at ESEC officer group members, Senior Economic Development officers, managers and directors - the objective of this workshop is to establish a picture of pipeline projects that local government in the east coast plan to undertake in 2014-2020 and which could complement the type of activities the EU and the Scottish Government want to fund through the new European Structural and Investment Funds.
In order to do this it will be necessary to:
- identify each area’s planned projects
- map them to the EU’s 11 priority themes as set out in the Common Strategic Framework document and draft UK Partnership Agreement
- identify whether each project idea has:
- distinct local or community actions
- scope for delivery to be done in collaboration with neighbouring local authorities
- scope for regional or Scottish wide collaboration
- elements which could be complemented with transnational activity
- aspects where financial engineering could be viable (i.e. could generate a return on investment whilst addressing market failure and meeting programme objectives)
- If at all possible, identify when match funding for these desired projects is likely to become known
This workshop will also explore what current thinking is for future Financial Engineering initiatives in Scotland and EU. Draft plans indicate that the Scottish Investment Bank will act as a holding fund for a number of funds. Should local government have an interest in this type of financing this ought to be articulated as soon as possible alongside delivery preferences.
Outcomes from workshop will be written up to influence discussions on the two subsequent workshops.
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.