AgorIP an exemplar of best practice
AgorIP – supported by the European Regional Development Fund – is mindful of its responsibilities to address the Cross-Cutting Themes (CCTs).
The project is ensuring it is an exemplar of best practice by integrating the CCTs into every aspect of project activity.
Cross-Cutting Themes are issues which touch on general principles such as democracy, equality, sustainability and good governance. They must be embedded into every EU-funded project. This will ensure that the benefits of the EU funds are shared inclusively by people and communities in Wales – improving both the quality and legacy of each EU project.
The Cross-Cutting Themes for the 2014-2020 European Structural Funds in Wales are:
- Equal opportunities, gender mainstreaming and the Welsh Language – reducing injustice and promoting social cohesion, while providing opportunities to increase prosperity and address imbalances in earnings in Wales.
- Sustainable development – ensuring projects meet social, economic and environmental objectives simultaneously. Preserving, protecting and improving the environment, providing a high quality, attractive place for people to live and work in Wales.
- Tackling poverty and social exclusion – helping those most in need and preventing future generations from experiencing poverty. The commitments focus on actions to create sustainable employment and progression opportunities and will help people to access those opportunities.
Within AgorIP, Yvonne Jones is responsible for maximising participation and implementation of the Cross-Cutting Themes. She is supported by a team of CCT Champions; Data and Compliance Officer Kasia Williams, Communications and Engagement Officer Gemma Parry and Gareth Davies, who is an Associate Professor in Swansea University’s School of Management.
This ensures that the project team plays a significant role in shaping the sustainable path for the project. To this end regular sustainability workshops are held, during which the team learn about the fundamentals of sustainable development and how, by utilising the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (Wales) 2015 they can build and implement a meaningful Sustainability Action Plan.
AgorIP signposts SMEs who benefit from their support to the Welsh Government Future Proofing Toolkit. Here they can find a wealth of help and information to improve the sustainability and equality performance of their organisation.
Within AgorIP, Yvonne works to ensure that sustainability is central to the running of the project. This begins with strict adherence to the excellent sustainability policies and procedures laid down by Swansea University.
Contact Mrs Yvonne Jones on [email protected] for further details