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What we do:
In terms of funding, the European Team's strategy is to facilitate the drawing down of European Union funds to maximum benefit for the people and economy of Hull by capitalising on the UK's membership of the European Union.
The current objective 2 programme covers five themes or priorities:
Since the new 2000-2006 programme commenced, the European Team has facilitated 83 new Objective 2 projects (across all the priorities), to access almost £3million so far by helping more than 449 people (mainly CED/Pact residents) into work, via training. Some of these successful projects have included "crosscutting" themes such as:
Work on European funding also includes: assisting project sponsors in the preparation of funding bids to Government Office (Leeds) and liasing with L.D.E.P. bodies (PACTS). The team also monitors actual expenditure against programme budgets and prepares regular financial reports as well as general financial management of the programme. Other work includes developing and monitoring of partnerships at local and transnational level and involvement in programmes like "Interreg" (www.interregiiib.org.uk).
There have been four rounds of the 2000-2006 Objective 3 ESF programme and currently there are some 61 Hull based (or Hull related) projects operating in the City of Hull. ESF funding for these projects total some £13.5 million over the next two years. Of the 61 ESF funded projects operating in the City, Hull City Council is delivering six projects. Details of these projects are to be found in the "Directory of Objective 3 European Social Fund Projects in Hull" which the European Team has compiled.
For more detailed information on structural funds log onto: www.goyh.gov.uk
Work on policy includes research on other European funded programmes, policy development and lobbying at a local and European level and the gathering of baseline information relating to social, educational and labour market statistics.
The other important remit within the team is to assist in raising awareness of European issues by providing a regular flow of information to partners, colleagues and the public and also to raise Hull's profile at a regional, national and European level. The team liases with several European bodies including the European Commission, European Parliament, UK Government departments and other relevant organisations enabling the team to provide an informed service. The team also works closely with other local authorities and council departments, a wide range of public and private sector organisations and community and voluntary sector organisations to identify and develop projects. The team hopes to engage in the development of trans-national projects by liasing with specific European partners.
Who we are and Areas of Specialty:
Eva La Pensée
Working with partnership groups is an essential part of the process involved in the implementation of European Funding. The team works in conjunction with several groups including:
HSIDF (Hull Social Inclusion Development Forum), EAG (Enterprise Action Group), Cityeconomy (through sub-boards of the LSP - Local Strategic Partnership), European Officers Network, Business Link, Humber Forum, City Learning, Universities of Hull and Lincoln, Hull College, EIC (European Information Centre), ERC (European Reseorce Centre) Pact groups, EAZ (Education Action Zone), Local Agenda 21, LLL (Life Long Learning), RDA (Regional Development Agency - Yorkshire Forward), LSC (Learning Skills Council), LLI (Local Labour Initiative), HABAC (Hull Area Business Advice Centre), NDC (New Deal for Communities).
The European team uses many and varied ways of communicating and consulting with local people, representative groups and organisations. Examples of these channels are:
Hull European Info is an e-mail group for discussion and distribution of information from the Hull European Team.
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