An exemplar of best practice

The Computational Foundry, backed by £17m from the European Regional Development Fund, is mindful of its responsibilities to address the cross-cutting themes. This will ensure that the Foundry is an exemplar of best practice for how large-scale initiatives can make a genuine and sustained difference to regional communities. 

Cross Cutting Themes are issues that 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.

We will do this:

  • For the construction of our building by adhering to the high sustainability standards which are a feature of the Bay Campus development where the Computational Foundry will be situated.
  • For our operations the Foundry has appointed a CCT Officer, who will be responsible for maximising participation and implementation of the Cross Cutting Themes, ensuring they are integral to the operation as a whole. Contact Mrs Yvonne Jones on m.y.jones@swansea.ac.uk for further details.

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