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At any given time there are a number of EU initiatives and policies which relate directly to Wales and its citizens. Please find below details of the most recent communications from the European Commission and related consultations.

Europe 2020

Launched in 2010, Europe 2020 is the EU's ten year jobs and growth strategy. Five headline targets have been set for the EU to achieve by the end of 2020. These cover employment; research and development; climate/energy; education; social inclusion and poverty reduction.

Learn more about Europe 2020 here.

On 5 May 2014, the European Commission launched a public consultation on Europe 2020, as part of a mid-term review of the strategy.  The consultation will run until 31 October 2014. 


EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

The reformed Cohesion Policy will be the EU's principle investment tool for delivering the Europe 2020 goals: creating growth and jobs, tackling climate change and energy dependence, and reducing poverty and social exclusion.

During the 2014-2020 period, Wales will receive around £2bn in structural fund investment. Further information on Cohesion Policy can be found here.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract.

Further information on Horizon 2020, including how to get funding, can be found here.

European Citizens Initiative

The European Citizens' Initiative allows one million EU citizens to participate directly in the development of EU policies, by calling on the European Commission to make a legislative proposal.

To learn more about the European Citizens' Initiative, including how to launch your own, please see the website.

For more information on any of the policies above, or any other policy of interest, please contact the European Commission Office in Wales on 029 2089 5020.

A full list of open consultations can be found here.

The EC Office in Wales has translated some key EU publications into Welsh on a range of policy areas. These are available free of charge from the following sources:


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Last update: 07/10/2014  |Top