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Archive - ESF and ERDF news

May 2012

ERDF Round 5 concluded with 15 applications selected to enter contract negotiations with EPMU. The total ERDF requested by the 15 applicants is £17.9m. Under Priority Axis 1 seven applicants requested £12.4m while under Priority Axis 2 eight applicants requested £5.6m.

View list of successful applicants (PDF)

April 2012

National ERDF Guidance: Except in London, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is responsible for the management of all European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Programmes in England.

The opportunity was taken by DCLG to identify opportunities to increase the degree of standardisation in the management of ERDF across England and London participated in this review.

From the 1st April 2012, DCLG adopted a standardised approach to the management and delivery of the ERDF Programmes across England. This includes the introduction of a new suite of documentation - including forms and guidance - which projects awarded ERDF funding will need to follow.

March 2012

European Programmes Management Unit has launched a photography competition for the best photos representing ‘a vision for London’.  Anyone involved with the ESF or ERDF programmes delivered in London can enter. The deadline is 5pm Friday 11 May 2012.

Around 30 of the best photographs will be selected to be displayed in an exhibition which is to be held at the 12 star gallery in Europe House, Westminster. Trophies will be presented to the winner and two highly commended photographers at the exhibition’s opening ceremony on 2 October 2012. The exhibited photographs are also planned to be showcased during Europe Week 2013 at City Hall.

Find out more about ‘a vision of London’ photography competition.

For details on current exhibitions at Europe House visit their website.

November 2011

On Monday 14 November 2011, the third annual London ESF Awards and inaugural ERDF Awards were held at City Hall. Seven awards were presented to individuals, projects and businesses supported by the 2007-13 London ESF and ERDF Programmes.

September 2011

On 23 September 2011 GLA hosted in City Hall a local Open day event called Europe 2020: Delivering Smart Urban Growth.

Open Days are organised every year by the European Committee of Regions (CoR). They are an opportunity for politicians, officials, academics, private sector representatives, and experts from around Europe to meet to discuss and debate about the future of the European Union cohesion policy. The Open days are organised in partnership with regions and cities from all over Europe. Although the majority of events take place in Brussels, the CoR encourages cities and regions to organise local events.

This year’s programme had three themes and the London event was categorised as part of the theme: Europe 2020: How do cohesion policy and the Structural Funds contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth?

The event had two objectives. Firstly, it aimed to raise awareness among London stakeholders of the new European policies around the 2020 strategy and links to Cohesion policy at regional level. The second objective was to kick-start a debate among policy makers and experts on the specific needs for Structural Funds in London and the importance of regional programmes.

In London’s response to the 5th Cohesion Framework, the Mayor and London Councils express their strong preference for a London ERDF and ESF regional Programmes.

A summary of the London Open day event and copies of the presentations and relevant documents can be downloaded below.

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Presentation Slides: Open Days Event on 23 September 2011