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Commission adopts RECHAR II investment programme for West Midlands region, UK

On a proposal from Mrs. Monika Wulf-Mathies, European Commissioner for Regional Policy and Cohesion, the Commission has approved a RECHAR II investment programme worth ECU 27,858,000 for the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom.

The RECHAR II Community Initiative (1994-...
On a proposal from Mrs. Monika Wulf-Mathies, European Commissioner for Regional Policy and Cohesion, the Commission has approved a RECHAR II investment programme worth ECU 27,858,000 for the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom.

The RECHAR II Community Initiative (1994-1997) is aimed at supporting the economic conversion of former coal-mining areas in the European Union. The present investment programme covers the North Staffordshire, Southern Staffordshire, and Northern Warwickshire coalfields.

The total population of the area concerned is 630,360. The programme will run until 31 December 1997 and will benefit from contributions of ECU 10.13 million from the European Regional Development Fund, ECU 2.53 million from the European Social Fund, ECU 12.66 million from central and local government and ECU 2.53 million from the private sector.

The present programme follows on from a first RECHAR programme in the region and is designed to ensure continuity of regeneration activity. The programme will also complement the Objective 2 Single Programming Document (SPD) for the region concerned so as to avoid duplication of activity. Three specific objectives will be pursued:

- Business development and diversification;
- Local community development and environmental improvement;
- Development of human resources.

The programme has been agreed in partnership between the European Commission, the UK Government and other agencies responsible for the development of this region. It will be run by representatives of the partnership and decisions will be taken at the local level.
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