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SEPTEMBER

E-form for Erasmus + youth projects now available
1/9/2014

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

https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/news/key-actions-1-2-3-youth-application-eforms-are-now-available


AUGUST

On your screen now thanks to the MEDIA programme
27/8/2014

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

http://www.mediadeskuk.eu/latest-news/general-news/2014/august/media-films-on-uk-screens-august/


Welsh businesses get support to trade internationally
19/8/2014

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  
http://www.enterpriseeuropewales.org.uk/wlx/events

EU web entrepreneur award- Still time to nominate
14/8/2014

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
http://www.europioneers.eu/


LUX film prize of the European Union
12/8/2014
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
6/8/2014

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
1/8/2014

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  

JULY

'Grow your own' gardening courses spread to the whole of Wales
28/7/2014

'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
www.growingthefuture.co.uk

Welsh project shortlisted for the 2014 EU Enterprise Promotion Awards
23/7/2014

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
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-14-497_en.htm  

European Council key positions remain to be filled
17/07/14

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
14/07/2014
 
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
http://ec.europa.eu/social/ehic_competition.jsp?langId=en  

Europe 2020- Public consultation
8/7/2014

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.

Website:
http://ec.europa.eu/europe2020/public-consultation/index_en.htm

JUNE

Erasmus+: What is it all about?
16/06/2014

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
10/06/2014

“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.
 




MAY

EU Awareness Week in St Catherine's Walk, Carmarthen
29/5/2014

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
27/05/2014

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
19/5/2014

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 
16/5/2014

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 
7/5/2014

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.

APRIL 

Europe for Citizens funding programme is adopted- First deadline announced
23/4/2014

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
22/04/2014

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
16/4/2014

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
http://ec.europa.eu/culture/creative-europe/calls/index_en.htm

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
http://ec.europa.eu/culture/media/fundings/creative-europe/call_2_en.htm

Get ready for the 2014 EU Energy Days
8/4/2014

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
http://www.eusew.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=111 



"Don't lose your right to vote" roadshow kicks off in Ammanford
1/4/2014

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

MARCH

Defending human rights in Europe - the work of the Council of Europe
24/03/2014

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
17/3/2014

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
lprist@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Please register on the link below     
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bacc-2-the-future-tickets-10648025531

Wales’s cultural life has been enriched by European immigrants, discuss! - Swansea, 14 March  
13/03/2014

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.
 
Panellists
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

Entertainment
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: 
http://www.europarl.org.uk/en/home/upcoming_events/swansea/swansearegister.html  

Upcoming Erasmus+ workshop in Wales for the Youth sector (7 March, Cardiff )
4/3/2014

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.

FEBRUARY

London hosts EU Citizens dialogue - video now live!
27/2/2014

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 
26/2/2014

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
http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/europe-for-citizens_en


The European Parliament elections: why vote?
11/02/2014

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6RNLlBMXSw

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

JANUARY

 

Creative Europe information workshops
31/1/2014

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
27/1/2013

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 
16/1/2014

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!
6/1/2014  

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
2/1/2014

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
lprist@carmarthenshire.gov.uk