Convergence Operational Programmes ( ERDF and ESF )
for West Wales and the Valleys 2007-2013

What was Convergence?

Convergence was the successor to the Objective 1 Programme.  The funding ran from 2007 to 2013 and covered 15 local authority areas including Neath Port Talbot, with a total programme value of approximately £1.4bn.

The emphasis during the programme was sustainable jobs and growth in line with the European Union (EU)  Lisbon and Gothenburg agendas. The application process and delivery arrangements were geared to achieve a more balanced delivery and focus on the core programme outputs of increased growth and jobs.

Convergence Operational Programmes

Convergence was made up of two separate but complementary funding streams: the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) .

The ERDF strand of the Convergence Programme focused on the following Priorities:

Convergence ERDF Operation Programme

  • Building the knowledge based economy;

Strengthening the economy through stimulating enterprise and business development;

Equipping the region with the physical infrastructure necessary for the development of a modern competitive economy;

Promoting sustainable business growth and new business opportunities in relation to future environmental challenges and opportunities; and

Providing the physical and community infrastructure necessary to support the development of a vibrant economy in which communities can flourish and sustain themselves.

Further information on the ERDF programme can be accessed by clicking on the image to the left.


The ESF Operational Programme centres on the following Priorities:

Operational Programme ESF 2007 -2013

  • Supplying young people with the skills needed for employment;

Encouraging unemployed and economically inactive persons to enter the labour market;

Improving skill levels and the adaptability of the workforce;

Modernising and improving the quality of our public services (Making the Connections).

Further information on the ESF programme can be accessed by clicking on the image to the left.




The Local Authorities of South West Wales worked together to develop wider regional projects under these Priorities.


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