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Grow your own fruit and veg this year with ‘Growing for the Future’ project

Growing for the Future project offers a wide range of courses throughout Wales. They range from free practical tips to more in- depth courses such as controlling pest and disease.

Here are some of the upcoming courses to be held in the National Botanic Garden of Wales

- Pruning Fruit in winter, 31 January, 10.30am, Price: £10
- How to get started growing organically, 5 February, 10.30am, £7.50
- Purely practical onions and garlic, 12 February, 10.30am, Free
- Grow me, eat me, family fun, 19 February, 10.30 am, £3 -

For more information, please go to http://www.growingthefuture.co.uk/en/courses/our-courses/?locations=1

Vision 2020 _ Networking event for Small and medium-sized Enterprises ( SMEs)
on Horizon 2020

The Vision 2020 network is organising an information and networking event on 28 january, at 6.30pm, at Cardiff University  for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) on the opportunities under the EU funding programme Horizon 2020.

Speakers include Jasper Hemmes, from the EU Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. There will also be representatives from the Welsh European Funding Office and the Entreprise Europe Network Wales.

The Vision2020 network aims to bring together provides companies and research organisations participating in the Horizon2020 funding programme.
To register or for more information, please visit  http://www.innovation-network.org.uk/events/vision2020-the-horizon-network-for-eu-funding-wed-28-jan-2015.aspx 


12 seconds to decide - How Frontex, the EU Border Management Agency works

12 seconds is all the EU border staff has to decide if a travellers' documents are genuine and legal.

This publication explains the work of Frontex, the EU Agency responsible for protecting the European Union external borders and highlights best practice cases to ensure justice is achieve for all.

To view the publication, please go to http://bit.ly/1u6FO1b

'What does the EU mean for ...'- publications series

The EU Commission representation in the UK has produced a series of booklets giving information on how EU decisions benefit us in the UK, specifically.
The series include "what does the EU mean for small businesses, students, holiday makers, students, over 50s and families".

The whole series is downloadable at http://bookshop.europa.eu/en/representation-in-the-united-kingdom-cbpQcKABst9E4AAAEjhIYY4e5K/ 

To order them free, please contact Lorena, on 01267 242369 or at lprist@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

10 years of supporting young artists' international exchanges

Since 2003, The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) has supported more than 1,800 trips across 59 countries through the STEP Beyond Travel Grants programme.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Grant, the ECF has put together an interactive publication looking at the achievements but also looking ahead at the next 10 years. 
For more information, please go to

2015 EU Year for Development

This year marks the first EU Year to be focussing on the important role and impact of EU's external relations.

Each month will have a specific focus, i.e. January is all about EU's role in the world and February will be about education.

People across Europe will be able to find out how financial support helps make a difference in Europe and worldwide, to tackle poverty and to improve life for thousands faced with the consequences of climate change and natural disasters.
For more information, please go to

Upcoming Erasmus+ online training

The British Council is running a series of online training sessions for organisations looking at applying to the upcoming Erasmus+ programme deadlines.

These online training sessions are free but have a limited number of places available, so please register early.

For more information, please go to


The 2014 Lux Film prize goes to ... Ida

The Polish/Danish film Ida was awarded this year’s Lux Film prize, at a ceremony organised in the European Parliament. 

"Ida is a film that has succeeded in touching the public across the whole of Europe. This shows that cinema still has a role to play in our society.” said the director Pawel Pawlikowski at the Award ceremony.
Ida is the story of a young novice nun looking for her identity in the dark past of Europe.

It was shortlisted earlier this year along with two other European movies:  Class Enemy (Razredni sovražnik) from Slovenia, by Rok Biček and Girlhood (Bande de filles) from France, by Céline Sciamma.

The award is aimed at helping promote films that best represent European cinema and reflect key EU issues or topics.

As part of the prize, the shortlisted films are subtitled into EU’s 24 official languages and shown to the public in all of the 28 EU member countries before being selected by ballot of MEPs.

For more information, please go to

Have an organic Christmas

Smoked salmon, eggs, coffee, bread, turkey, vegetables, wine... These are some of the produce that may appear on the table at Christmas. The UK being amongst the top 5 EU countries with the largest areas of organic farming, could your Christmas be totally organic?

Read the full article as part of the Christmas edition of Llais Y Ganolfan, issue 825 available at

Funding for web innovation


Soul Fi has announced that funding is available for web entrepreneurs and SMEs across the EU to develop innovative internet solutions to make cities more sustainable. There are two types of grants available, one is aimed at developing new concepts and the other at piloting future internet products.


Soul Fi is an accelerator project funded by the EU Commission to develop innovative web-based solutions for more sustainable urban living.

The Deadline is 28 February 2015

For more information, please go to  http://soul-fi.ipn.pt/

EU funding explained - video

The EU Commission has produced a short animation video giving a general overview of what EU funding has achieved in the various EU regions in the past five year and the objectives and priorities for the next funding period (2014-2020). 

To view the video, please go to 


elsh language in ICT grant

The Welsh Government has launched a grant for projects aimed at raising awareness and promoting the use of Welsh language in ICT, e.g. software, digital content, online services... as well as increasing the amount of digital content available in Welsh online

The closing date for applications is midday on 30 January 2015.

For more information and to make an application,  please go to


Organic farming in the EU

The EU Commission has published new infographics to give an overview of organic farming and what the EU is doing to support it.
To view them, please go to


Vote for your favourite European Artist

There is still time to vote for this year’s European Border Breakers Awards and be in with a chance to be invited to the awards show in Holland, in January.

Each year, the European Breakers Awards  recognize emerging artists with cross-border success.

Cast your vote until 19 December at


Free Erasmus+ workshop ( Youth sector)
Erasmus+ is the new EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport from 2014 to 2020, which brings together all the previous education and training programmes as well as the Youth in Action Programme.
The budget for the youth chapter of Erasmus+ has been increased and there are many opportunities for youth exchanges, projects and volunteering activities.

This event is being organised in partnership with the Europe Direct team at the West Wales European Centre, Connect Cymru, Dr M'z and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. 
The event will start at 1:00pm and finish at 4:30pm ( lunch provided) in Dr Mz, Carmarthen Youth project, Carmarthen.

This workshop is ideal for youth workers, managers, and those working with young people using non-formal and informal learning methods.

For more information and to register, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/erasmus-youth-chapter-workshop-tickets-14371855607


Facebook live chat on EU residence rights -
24 November, (12.30-14.30 CET)

Your Europe experts will be live on Facebook on 24 November between 12:30 and 14:30 to answer question about EU residence rights, such as do I need to register? what documents do I need?

Link to the live chat: https://www.facebook.com/events/938225916206209/.

NEW DATE - Free 'Europe for Citizens' online session - 15 December, 1pm

There is no official contact point for this programme in the UK, but Euclid is offering some specialised assistance and support through a 60-min webinar on the Europe for Citizens programme at 1pm on Monday 15 December.

It is free for UK-based town twinning associations and is part of a programme of webinars being offered by Euclid.

To register your free place, please send an email to info@euclid.info, explaining your interest, and you will be sent a special code which you can then use to register online at www.euclid.info  for your free place.


Carmarthenshire schools' international links - case study e-booklets

The Europe Direct Team at WWEC has produced a series of case-study e-booklets to showcase Carmarthenshire schools' international links and how they benefit the pupils, staff and the school as well as how they bring together the community as a whole.

The e-booklets are as follows:

- Global citizenship through international school partnership. Dyffryn Taf secondary school and Lesotho.
To view the e-booklet , please go to http://bit.ly/1xRkWJ1

- Entrepreneurship through EU school partnership. "Made in..." project, Y Bedol primary school.
To view the e-booklet, please go to http://bit.ly/1u1Js9o

Free e-twinning practical workshop - Bring Europe into the classroom

The West Wales European Centre and Ceredigion County Council Education department are organising a free workshop for schools in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion on how to make the best use of online tools to bring the European dimension into the classroom and to develop European partnerships.

The workshop is aimed at teachers who want to know more about the online tool ‘etwinning’ and support available to introduce the EU in the schools' activities as well as to start a link with schools in other European countries.   

The session will take place in  Queen Elizabeth High School school, on 27 November, from 4pm until 5.30pm    

Due to the limited number of computers available, please register your interest as soon as possible and  before 21 November by contacting Lorena Prist on 01267 242369 or at lprist@carmarthenshire.gov.uk  

Free 'Europe for Citizens' online session - 5 November, 1pm

There is no official contact point for this programme in the UK, but Euclid is offering some specialised assistance and support through a 60-min webinar on the Europe for Citizens programme at 1pm on Wednesday 5 November.  

it is free for UK-based town twinning associations and is part of a programme of webinars being offered by Euclid from 3-7 November.

To register your free place, please send an email to info@euclid.info, explaining your interest, and you will be sent a special code which you can then use to register online at www.euclid.info  for your free place.


Fund for small businesses launched

RBS and NatWest have just launched a new small business fund across the UK.  The fund will be available to both existing and new customers to help them expand and/or diversify their business.

For more information, please visit http://www.rbs.com/news/2014/10/rbs-and-natwest-launch-p1bn-small-business-fund-.html

"Green Days" brokerage event in France
Lyon, 2-5 December 2014

During the Pollutec Fair 2014, the Enterprise Europe Network will organize the “Green Days” brokerage event, consisting of prevalitaded bilateral meetings, interclustering and networking activities in environmental and energy sector. 

For more information, please contact Anna Pearce at anna.pearce@bic-innovation.com  

EU Investment Bank to provide £100m for UK based SMEs
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide £100m (€125m) to Societe Generale Equipment Finance to support investment in new equipment by UK-based SMEs over the next two years.

The lending programme, which includes match funding from Societe Generale Equipment Finance, is expected to help firms invest in transport, high-tech and industrial equipment by providing lower cost financing for up to 8 years.

Societe Generale Equipment Finance is one of the leaders in leasing industry, covering a full range of sectors and asset types including IT systems, office equipment, medical equipment, machine tools, printing, construction equipment, handling, transport and agriculture.

For more information, please visit http://www.sgef.co.uk/

The Big Ideas challenge

Big Ideas Wales is searching for ambitious young people aged 16-24 to get involved in its leading youth enterprise challenge.  

The Challenge is aimed at Wales’ next top young entrepreneurs who are ready to realise their business potential and get on the fast-track to success.  

Participants will get the chance to learn and be coached from leading entrepreneurs and have access to business support offered through Business Wales and partner organisations.   

Deadline to apply: 20 October 2014  

Further information:
Upcoming Erasmus+ information day

A free information day  is being organised in Brussels on 12 November by the Erasmus+ central team based in Brussels.
The session will focus on the opportunities under Knowledge Alliances, aimed at Higher Education and Sector Skills Alliances, aimed at Vocational Education and Training. Both of these are managed by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) centrally in Brussels. 

Participants will be given advice on preparing and submitting proposals as well as be support with the financial aspects of funding.  

The event will be available to stream online and there will be English interpretation  available.

For more information, please visit http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus_en


'Internationalising young people' workshops

To launch International Education week, the British Council is planning several workshops to give primary schools, secondary schools and further education Institutions the opportunity to see the importance of building an international dimension into the education of young people in Wales.

The events will include talks from keynote speakers as well as workshops by previous participants who will share their experiences and offer practical advice on how teachers and pupils can make the most of the opportunities on offer.

Here are the locations of the workshops:

1. Halliwell Conference Centre, Carmarthen
19 November 2014, 10am

To register, please go to



2. Future Inn Cardiff Hotel, Cardiff
27 November 2014, 10am

To register, please go to

Euroskills -  showcasing  the best young European professionals

From 2-4 October, Lille will be hosting this year’s EuroSkills competition bringing together hundreds of young professionals from across Europe showcasing their trade skills in front of the public.

This event, held every two years, aims to promote vocational education and provide positive career role models for school aged youngsters.

In total,  30 skills will represented in 6 different categories, ranging from construction, engineering  to creative Arts and ICT.  

For more information, please visit


Celebrating languages and cultures from around the world

It is the European Day of Languages on 26 September!

This is a great opportunity to celebrate the rich diversity of languages and cultures in the world.

Why not host a French breakfast club, or refresh your Spanish over tapas at lunchtime? 

What about learning a new language, such as Italian, Japanese or Danish?

For more information and ideas, please go to http://edl.ecml.at/ 

A grand day out at the Botanics

WWEC's Europe Direct team will be at this year's 50+ Forum event at the National Botanic Garden, on 19 September, from 10-4pm.

WWEC stand will have information about EU's response to climate change, citizens' rights, consumer protection as well as practical maps and languages booklets.

For more informaiton, click here.

New to Erasmus+? Free briefing sessions coming up soon.

The British Council and Ecorys, the UK national agencies for the Erasmus+ funding programme are planning a series of briefing sessions in Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow and London during October and November.

These half-day events are for organisations who have not previously applied for Erasmus+ funding and who want to know more.

Registration is free but is on a "first come, first serve" basis.

For more information, please go to https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/news/bookings-open-for-briefing-sessions 

E-form for Erasmus + youth projects now available

With only one month left before the deadline
(1 October), the e-form is now available to download and complete.

This is the third and last deadline this year for youth projects and exchanges applications under the new Erasmus+ funding programme.

For more information, please visit



On your screen now thanks to the MEDIA programme

Throughout August, a selection of EU films were shown in UK cinemas thanks to the support of the EU funding programme MEDIA, which runs from 2014-2020.

This scheme aims to promote European cinema and audiovisual industries by offering grants to help with developing, distributing and promoting  their work.

UK companies also benefit from the programme as shown by the results of first call for proposal this year.

Amongst the beneficiaries are five UK companies who were awarded grants totalling €564,295.

For more information, please visit


Welsh businesses get support to trade internationally

Enterprise Europe Network Wales (EENW) helps Welsh small and medium enterprises to develop their business further, providing advice and support for innovation and transnational technology development, informing about opportunities available from EU programmes and helping to access funding.

They also offer access to many brokerage events across Europe in sectors as diverse as fruit growing, mining, life sciences, fashion and space. 
These events are often free to participate in. 

For more information, please contact  Anna Pearce on 01248 671101 or at
anna.pearce@bic-innovation.com  or visit  

EU web entrepreneur award- Still time to nominate

Nomination for the EU web entrepreneur award are still open until 31 August.  

1200 nominations have already been submitted from across the European Union.  The public will then be able to vote for their favourite until 19 September.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on 4th November in Dublin.

For more information and to nominate, please visit

LUX film prize of the European Union
The LUX prize set up by the European Parliament is a unique film-making competition which began in 2007 and includes the 28 countries of the European Union.

It aims to explore the common themes and contemporary issues of the EU and as Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament said of the prize, “It helps to create a cultural consciousness and boosts a feeling of togetherness in Europe.”

Read more at http://bit.ly/1nZxg2A  


'Europe In My Region' Competition

Launched by the European Commission, this photo competition aims to inform the public about projects that are making a real difference to local communities.

Entrants need to take a photo of a project receiving EU funding they know or have seen, with the plaque or billboard with funding information and the EU flag somewhere in the picture.
Each winner will receive digital camera equipment to the value of €1,000 and a trip for two to Brussels in October 2014.

Deadline: 25 August 2014.

For more information, please go to: https://fp-dg-regio.artwhere.me/pages/like.php

Carmarthenshire geared up to shine at the National Eisteddfod

The National Eisteddfod is starting today and will be at the Festival Fields, in Llanelli until 9 August.
The Eisteddfod is returning to the county and the site for the first time since 2000.  

Carmarthenshire County Council is preparing a busy programme of shows and fun activities for the whole family to showcase the best of the County and to celebrate Welsh language and culture.

As part of the Council tent, there will be a fun activities area, the ‘Pabell Hwyl’ where the whole family can take part in interactive activities, such as upcycling games, bunting- making, or radio workshops. The ‘Discover Carmarthenshire’ area will highlight some of the best activities that the County has to offer and ‘Y Pantry’ will showcase Carmarthenshire’s large variety of delicious local produce.

In addition to providing information about Council’s services, the Carmarthenshire County Council tent will give the public an opportunity to find out more about the wide range of EU-funded projects in Carmarthenshire and how they have benefited the County.

WWEC staff will be present in the Council tent to answer questions about European opportunities for Carmarthenshire but also on Monday and Friday, the Europe Direct team in WWEC will organise a EU challenge in the Pabell Hwyl.  Why not come and see us to attempt the EU challenge and to be in with a chance of winning a rugby ball or sport’s bottle?  

WWEC staff will also be at the EU Commission stand on several days, why not come and find out more about the EU, our rights and the benefits for Carmarthenshire?

For more information, please visit http://newsroom.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/eisteddfod  


'Grow your own' gardening courses spread to the whole of Wales

'Growing the future', a EU-funded project led by National Botanic Garden of Wales is offering a wide range of practical gardening courses this summer throughout Wales, such as:
- Introduction to bee keeping in Bangor;
- Growing unusual edibles in Newtown and Swansea;
- Natural Pest and Disease Control in the Vegetable Garden in Carmarthen;
-Fruit hedge planting in Lampeter;
-Urban chicken keeping in Cardiff. 

To view the full list of courses and to book, please go to

Welsh project shortlisted for the 2014 EU Enterprise Promotion Awards

Gower College’s Primary to Professional (P2P) project is one of only 22 projects to have been shortlisted for the 2014 EU Enterprise Promotion Awards.

This year saw the highest number of countries taking part with hundreds of projects submitted from across 31 European countries.

The annual Awards aim to highlight the best initiatives encouraging entrepreneurship and inspiring future entrepreneurs.

They are divided into 6 categories:

  • Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit,
  •  Investing in entrepreneurial skills
  •  Improving the business environment,
  • Supporting the internationalisation of business
  • Responsible and inclusive entrepreneurship
  • Supporting the development of green markets and resource efficiency
The P2P project has been shortlisted under the ‘Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills’ category. The project introduces primary and secondary pupils to key entrepreneurial skills, such as creativity, innovation and risk taking. It also gives pupils the opportunity to be part of a specialist enterprise academy for start-up businesses.

The winning project under each category will be revealed in October during European SME week.

For more information, please visit

European Council key positions remain to be filled

Following the election of Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission, a number of other top positions need to be filled in the European Council.

The main position involved is the new president of the European Council, who is responsible for leading the council and driving forward its work, and must also work in cooperation with the president of the European Commission.

Other positions involved are the High Representative of the Union for foreign Affairs and Security Policy, which is currently held by Catherine Ashton from the UK.

The European Council met earlier this week to discuss a number of key appointments to be made for top EU positions.  However, they failed to reach an agreement.
The current president, Herman van Rompuy’s two and a half year term as president will come to an end later this year, with the new President of the European Council taking office on 1 December.  The Council therefore intend on meeting again at the end of August for further discussion.

Indicative Timeline:

  • 26-27 June: European Council proposed Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the Commission
  • 15 July: European Parliament elected Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the Commission  
  • 16 July: Special European Council
  • Summer: member states designate their candidates for commissioners
  • 30 August: new meeting of the European Council to discuss nominations for other EU positions
  • EP Plenary session: vote of consent by the European Parliament on the new Commission as a whole - President and members including the High Representative
  • 23-24 October: European Council
  • 1 November: new Commission expected to take office
  • 1 December: new President of the European Council takes office

For more information, please visit http://www.european-council.europa.eu/special-meeting-of-the-european-council?lang=en


European Commission launches storyboard competition
The European Commission has launched a storyboard competition which aims to create a new video promoting the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

The storyboard requires a script of no more than 250 words with between 6 and 16 illustrations, and must also tell a story featuring the EHIC. 

Competitors are encouraged to highlight the importance of the card and its benefits, including its lack of cost. 

Three prizes of 1500, 1000 and 500 Euros will be awarded to the most creative, interesting ideas respectively, with the overall winner’s storyboard becoming the new video. 

Entries must be received by 17 August 2014.

  For more information, please visit

Europe 2020- Public consultation

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the review of the Europe 2020 strategy, which aims to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Currently, the strategy is built around five headline targets in the areas of employment, research and development, climate and energy, education and the fight against poverty and social exclusion.

The strategy also set out a series of action programmes, called "flagship initiatives", in seven fields considered to be key drivers for growth, namely innovation, the digital economy, employment and youth, industrial policy, poverty and resource efficiency.

Through this consultation, the EU Commission is seeking views from individuals and organisations on the lessons learned from the current strategy and on the elements to take into account in its further development for the coming years.

The consultation is open until 31 October 2014.



Erasmus+: What is it all about?

The ED team in WWEC has just produced a factsheet summarizing key opportunities under the new Erasmus+ funding programme. 

To view the factsheet, please go to  http://bit.ly/U1ZL91 

Resounding success for WWEC's EU Awareness Week

“What a good idea! We never realised how much of this funding there is in Carmarthenshire”, said one of the visitors to the WWEC pop-up shop last week.  

A busy programme of  activities was organised throughout the week alongside information stalls ranging from business support, grants  for community groups, sustainable projects, support for farmers and much more.
The shop also had the unexpected visit of the international Welsh rugby player, Rhys Priestland.

In total, over 1200 people have found out more about EU-funded projects in Carmarthenshire and the support they provide to individuals looking for employement or businesses looking to expand.

For more information, please contact the WWEC team by clicking here.


EU Awareness Week in St Catherine's Walk, Carmarthen

From 2 -7 June, Europe Direct will be in St Catherine's Walk Shopping Centre from 10 am until 4 pm to answer any questions regarding the European Union, EU citizens' rights and EU funding programmes, such as Erasmus+.

There will be various publications and leaflets on display as well as feedback forms for the public.

A programme of daily activities has been organised, including an Erasmus+ information session, electric car display, and training and employment advice.

To view the programme, click here.

EU Parliament elections - The result

Following the European Parliament elections, Wales elected its four Members of European Parliament (MEP):
-Derek Vaughan - Labour
-Nathan Gill - UK Independence Party
-Kay Swinburne, Conservative Party
-Jill Evans - Plaid Cymru

The European Parliament is now made up of 751 MEPs, each of them will be responsible for different issues as part of their portfolio.

For more information, please visit http://www.elections2014.eu/en  

22 May - EU Parliament elections day

This week, voters in the 28 European countries will be electing their Members of the European Parliament (MEP).

The 751 MEPs who will be in charge of making decisions on a range of issues for the next 5 years. 

The results will not be available until the last EU country has held their elections, on Sunday.

To view the results, please visit http://www.elections2014.eu/en 

WWEC Pop-up Shop 

The West Wales European Centre will be hosting a pop-up shop at the St Catherine’s Walk Shopping Centre, Carmarthen between 02-07 June 2014 to showcase externally funded projects in the county.

Europe Direct, Specialist European Teams and Rural Development Plan Sir Gar will all be there to answer your questions on the European and external funding services we provide.  

Come along and meet Centre and project staff who will be on hand to talk to you, showing project films and hosting a variety of interactive sessions including: business support, debt and benefits advice, funding surgeries for community groups and demos by those who have received funding.


A programme of activities and workshops will be published soon...

Flying the Flag - Celebrating Europe Day in Carmarthenshire 

On May 9th, people in Carmarthenshire will join millions of other Europeans in celebrating Europe Day.
Each year, people across the European Union commemorate the day in 1950 when the first move was made towards the creation of what is now known as the European Union.

There are 28 countries members of the European Union today, each bringing their own traditions, cultures and languages, especially regional languages, such as Welsh and Breton.

How has Europe helped Carmarthenshire?

The West Wales European Centre (WWEC), part of Carmarthenshire County Council has helped to attract millions of pounds in European funding to Carmarthenshire - a total of £114m is being invested as a direct result of the Convergence programme with a further £23m from the Rural Development plan.

For more information on Convergence, click here.

For more information on Rural Development Plan, click here.


Europe for Citizens funding programme is adopted- First deadline announced

The 'Europe for Citizens' funding programme has finally been adopted for the 2014-2020 period.

The programme guide is expected to be available by beginning of May and the first deadline for Town twinning projects, and remembrance project is provisionally set for 4 June.

For more information, please go to http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/europe-for-citizens/news/europe-for-citizens-funding-programme-for-period-2014-2020-officially_en

Ensuring sustainable fish in our Fish & Chips

Fishermen in the EU will get additional support to meet the requirements of the new EU Common Fisheries Policy.
From 2015, each EU country will put into force new sustainable fishing quotas, and a ban on discarding unwanted fish back into the seas.  

To help achieve this, financial help will be available for fishermen to buy new selective fishing equipment, for instance.

Young fishermen will also receive financial support when starting their own fishing business.

This new policy aims to make the EU fishing industry more sustainable, but also to improve the safety and working conditions of fishermen.

For more information, visit http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20140411IPR43503/html/New-Fisheries-Fund-signed-and-sealed-concludes-EU-fisheries-policy-reform  

Creative Europe - Upcoming calls

The new EU funding programme for media called Creative Europe has launched the following calls for proposals: 

1.  Creative Europe Film Distribution (UK) 

This sub-action provides support to encourage the circulation of European audiovisual works within different countries. 

Funding is available for distributors and sales agents to encourage investments in co-production and distribution of films from other countries (automatic), as well as for network of cinemas from at least five European companies to distribute a film outside its home country (selective).
Deadlines: 30 April (automatic) and 2 July
(for selective programmes).
For more information, please go to

2. Creative Europe Media Training Proposals Wanted (UK) 

Funding is available for organisations to develop two-year partnerships to set up training programmes that develop the skills of audiovisual professionals.
Activities can include workshops, online sessions or tools for sharing knowledge and developing new teaching and learning methods for audiovisual professionals. 

Deadline:  23 May 2014

For more information, please go to

Get ready for the 2014 EU Energy Days

Join hundreds of other organisations in Europe in raising awareness and encouraging sustainable energy use as part of the 2014 EU Energy Days. 

Throughout the entire month of June, organisations, NGOs and public authorities will be holding Energy Days across the EU.
For more information, please visit

"Don't lose your right to vote" roadshow kicks off in Ammanford

This Friday, students from Coleg Sir Gâr Ammanford campus can find out more about their right to vote, what they will be voting for on 22 May and how to register to vote.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Participation Officer, Sarah Powell and Lorena Prist, responsible for the Europe Direct information service based at the West Wales European Centre, Carmarthen  will be on hand to answer questions about voting, the role of the European Parliament and how decisions taken at EU level benefit us here in Carmarthenshire. 

The Roadshow will be in the Atrium, from 11.30am until 2.30pm.

The other Roadshows will be in:
- Coleg Sir Gâr, Graig Campus, on 7 April;
- Coleg Sir Gâr, Pibwrlwyd campus, on 9 April;
- Coleg Sir Gâr, Jobs Well campus, on 10 April;
- University of Wales, Trinity St David, Carmarthen campus, on 24 April;
- Coleg Sir Gâr, Gelli Aur, on 28 April.

For more information, please contact Lorena Prist on 01267 242369 or at lprist@carmarthenshire.gov.uk 

For more information about the EU Parliament elections, please click here


Defending human rights in Europe - the work of the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe has just produced a video explaining its work and achievements over the years, promoting and defending human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Through the European Convention on Human Rights, the Council of Europe works to ensure a better quality of life for the 800 million people living in the 47 member states represented at the Council.

To view the video, please go to  http://bit.ly/1mj7UkH

'BAC 2 the future' - free event for Welsh BAC coordinators, 27 March, National Botanical Garden

This event is aimed at Welsh BAC coordinators from the ERW consortium to look at a range of activities and resources designed to support the delivery of the following elements of Wales, Europe and the World :
-Active Citizenship
-Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship
-Political issues
-Cultural Heritage and Perspectives
 -International Dimension    

A representative from the Welsh Government will be presenting the Revised Welsh Baccalaureate, give an overview of the main changes from September 2015, including the new challenge structure.

The programme also includes an overview of  funding opportunities available, as well as sharing of effective practices from schools in Wales, and a choice of interactive workshops and challenges led by experienced providers. 

This event also presents the ideal opportunity to network with colleagues and meet with local and regional organisations who can support schools in delivering aspects of the Welsh Baccalaureate .  

The event is organised with the support of the European Commission Office in Wales.  

For more information, please contact Lorena Prist, on 01267 242369 or at

Please register on the link below     

Wales’s cultural life has been enriched by European immigrants, discuss! - Swansea, 14 March  

Comedy, poetry, Welsh culture and the EU?!  What a mixture!  
Come and join in on an evening of entertainment and discussion.

Can Welsh cultural values survive and thrive in an increasingly globalised world?  And what would Dylan Thomas have made of it all?
 Join in on what promises to be a thought-provoking and fun evening.
Debate is chaired by Jamie Owen, BBC.
-Professor Heaven Crawley - AcSS, & Director, Centre for Migration Policy Research (CMPR), Swansea University
-Arwel Gruffydd - Artistic Director, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
-Rhys Taylor - VP Education and Welfare, Bangor University
-Geraint Talfan Davies OBE - Chair, Institute of Welsh Affairs
Reading by
Paul Henry - Poet

Chris "Korkey" Corcoran - Comedian

The event is organised with the support of the European Commission Office in Wales
It is free and open to the public, but you must register in advance.

Venue: Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place, Swansea SA1 1RR

Time: 18.00 - 20.00

To register: 

Upcoming Erasmus+ workshop in Wales for the Youth sector (7 March, Cardiff )

A free Erasmus + workshop (youth chapter) is taking place on 7th March, at 2pm at the Future Inn, Cardiff.

This workshop is being jointly organised by Connect Cymru and the British Council, to give groups and organisations from the youth sector practical information about the new Erasmus+ programme.
In addition, participants will be able to hear from young people who have taken part in EU youth exchanges and volunteering projects in the past as well as exchange ideas and address common issues with colleagues.

To register, please click here.


London hosts EU Citizens dialogue - video now live!

On 10 February, London was host to the EU Commission Citizens' Dialogue event which provided an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions and provide feedback directly to EU politicians about their rights, the kind of Europe they want to live in, and expectations for the future of European Union.

This event was one of a series of events being held in cities in every EU country as part of the 2013 European Year of Citizens.

To view the video, please go to http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?ref=I078452&sitelang=en 
New Europe for Citizens programme - Deadline postponed 

Information about the grants available under the new EU funding programme 'Europe for Citizens' have been published as well as the deadlines and application form.

The new funding programme will be divided into the following actions:

1.Democratic engagement and civil participation:
- Town twinning activities
-Network of twinned towns
-civil society projects

2. European remembrance

Please note that the first deadline of 1 March has been postponed  according to the date of the adoption of the "Europe for citizens Programme 2014-2020".

For more information, please visit

The European Parliament elections: why vote?

The European Parliament has published a series of leaflets and short video clips explaining key issues the EU is dealing with and how it benefits us at local level: fighting unemployment, fighting climate change, defending human rights around the world...

The aim is to show that by voting in the European Parliament elections, people can make a difference and influence decisions that have an impact on their daily lives. 

To view the video clips, please go to


To order you free leaflets please contact Lorena on 01267 242369 or at lprist@carmarthenshire.gov.uk



Creative Europe information workshops

A series of information workshops are being organised by the interim culture agency, British Council in preparation for the upcoming deadlines.

The workshops will give an overview of the 'Creative Europe', the new EU funding programme in the cultural field, its objectives and various grants available as well as give participants the chance to ask questions during the session's Q&A.

Each seminar will have a focus on the Cooperation Projects which have a deadline of 5th March 2014. 

To register for the Cardiff one-to-one session  on Friday 7th February ( 1.00-4.00) please click here.  
There are also application workshops planned. These include good practice examples from  previous succesful projects.

To register your interest to attend an applications workshop in Cardiff, on Monday 17th February, please click here.

Pease note, this date is to be confirmed depending on the level of interest.


Llandovery youngsters shine at festival in Brittany

A group of young people from Towy Youth Theatre and Llandovery College choir, attended the Salon du Livre, an Arts Festival which takes place annually in Pluguffan, Llandovery’s twin town in Brittany. This visit is the latest of a series of exchanges and activities coordinated by Llandovery Twinning Association.

To find out more about Llandovery's exciting activities and the other Town Twinning Associations in Carmarthenshire, please click here or contact Lorena.

Erasmus + online training sessions launched 

The British Council and Ecorys, the joint UK National Agency for Erasmus + - the new EU funding programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport has launched a series of online training sessions throughout January, February and March. 

The webinars are aimed at potential applicant organisations in readiness for the first round of deadlines.

There are sessions for youth organisations, adult education organisations, vocational education and training organisations as well as local authorities, schools and higher education institutions.

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/webinars

Wales is growing…Get growing with us!

Grow Your Own in a Year Gardening Course led by experienced growers will provide you with the skills you need to start growing your own edible garden of delicious fruit & veg.

Held at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, in just 1 day a month (either a Sat or a Wed) you will learn what to do in your garden that month and learn the secrets of successful growing.

Starting February 2014, 10am-4:30pm on Saturday OR Wedneday

Don’t forget you can spend the rest of your day exploring the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

For more information or to book onto these courses visit
www.growingthefuture.co.uk  or phone 01558 667100

Free EU desktop calendars

The European Commission Representation in London has published a colourful desktop calendar showing some of the activities and events they organise in the UK.
To order, please contact Lorena, on 01267 242369 or at