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INTERREG Programme: Essex

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects are being considered in (a) Castle Point constituency and (b) Essex for funding under the (i) INTERREG and (ii) European Social Fund programmes; and if she will make a statement. (203635)

The information requested is as follows.


Essex is included as an adjacent area in the France(Channel)-England and Two Seas INTERREG IVA programmes. The Operational Programmes for both programmes were submitted to the European Commission in November 2007 and have not yet been adopted, or approved, by the Commission. No projects have therefore yet been considered for approval.


Essex is included in the North sea and North West Europe INTERREG IVB programmes. Both these programmes have now had a first call for projects resulting in 11 approvals. One of the North West Europe projects—IMCORE—has a Colchester based partner called Coastnet.

The second call for North sea projects has closed. Of the 30 project applications submitted two have Essex based partners. Essex county council for Haven Gateway is a partner in the Dryport project and Southend on Sea borough council is a partner in the Building with Care project. The second call for North West Europe projects closes on 9 May and we do not yet have information on individual partners.


The first call for INTERREG IVC ended on 15 January 2008. There were over 480 applications and the IVC Secretariat is currently assessing them. We expect to receive project and partner details from the Secretariat during summer 2008.

European Social Fund

For the European Social Fund, two project specifications relating specifically to Essex have been appraised and await award of contract. A further 16 tenders for regional contracts that are likely to include Essex and Castle Point are under negotiation.