Details on useful websites on European institutions and European funding opportunities.
The official website of the European
Union (EU), Europa.eu (external site)
is a good starting point if you are looking for information and
services provided by the EU. The website provides basic
information on how the EU works, the latest EU news and links to
websites from EU institutions and agencies. The business
portal (external site) acts as a practical guide to doing
business in Europe which can be particularly useful for
The European Parliament is the only directly-elected
body of the European Union. The 751 Members of the European
Parliament (MEPs) represent the 500 million EU citizens across 28
The European Parliament
website (external site) provides information on MEPs,
elections, news, committees and delegations.
European Commission Office in Wales
The European Commission Office in Wales is the
link between Wales and the European Commission; its main
responsibility is to represent the European Commission’s interests
in Wales. The European Commission Office in Wales also tries
to facilitate and mediate contacts between Welsh authorities and
interest groups and the EU institutions, with a view to fostering
closer ties between the two.
European Commission in Wales website (external site) summarises
EU policies and details their work activities in more detail.
The Welsh Government is the devolved
Government for Wales with responsibility for economic development,
education, health and the Welsh NHS, transport, planning, Welsh
language, culture, social services, agriculture, rural affairs and
the environment of Wales.
The Welsh Government website
(external site) details policies, consultations and research papers
covering the work of the Welsh Government.
Welsh European Funding Office
Part of Welsh
Government, the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) manages the
delivery of the EU Structural Funds programmes in Wales.
Details on funding programmes, application guidance documents and
the progress of projects receiving structural funds can be found
within the WEFO website (external
Swansea Bay City Region
The Swansea Bay City Region (SBCR) encompasses the
Local Authority areas of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea,
Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. Created by the Welsh
Government in 2013, the SBCR has been designed to create jobs,
boost prosperity and encourage inward investment and is run by a
Board made up of representatives of the public and private
sectors. More information about the SBCR can be found on the
City Region website (external site).
Regional Learning Partnership
Regional Learning Partnership (RLP) is a partnership bringing
education and regeneration partners together to help provide a
better future for learners and potential learners across the south
west and central Wales region. It acts as a facilitation body
to ensure that publicly-funded learning providers and associated
organisations work collaboratively, effectively and efficiently
across the areas of education and regeneration to meet the needs of
the learners and the regional economy.
Part funded by the Welsh Government, the RLP
is made up of key representatives from local government, higher
education, further education, the third sector, private sector,
Careers Wales and Job Centre Plus.
RLP publications and further information can
be found on the Regional Learning Partnership
website (external site).
Enterprise Europe Network
The Enterprise Europe Network helps small and
medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make the most of business
opportunities in the EU and beyond. Free services include
finding business partners, funding advice, explanation of EU laws
and standards and events.
To find out how the Enterprise Europe Network
can help businesses exploit market opportunities in the EU and
beyond, please visit the Enterprise
Europe Network website (external site).
Europe in the UK
A portal for European culture in the UK, the Europe in the UK website
(external link) provides contact details for organisations and
individuals in the UK which provide EU information and advice for
the general public, businesses and the academic community.
The European Consumer Centre for Services
The European Consumer Centre for Services assists consumers
to make informed choices when looking to buy services across Europe
and therefore be more confident and find it easier to choose a new
and unfamiliar service provider.
The European Consumer Centre for
Services website (external site) provides general information
on consumer laws and rights when buying a service in another EU
member state, as well as contact details for organisations that
could provide practical assistance in the case of a dispute.
Calculate what you can get with your Sterling in
Euros (and vice versa) using the free currency
converter (external site).