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Employment Minister Priti Patel says future EU structural funding for Wales isn't guaranteed

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The UK Minister of State for Employment, Priti Patel MP, claims there are no guarantees over EU structural funding beyond 2020.

Writing for the Institute of Welsh Affairs Patel highlighted attempts by the EU Commission to cut structural funds for Wales by 27% for the period 2014-2020.

It is […] important for the people of Wales to know that when the EU planned to allocate structural funds for the period 2014-2020, its lack of knowledge of Wales meant that the Commission sought to impose savage cuts on these funding steams for Wales.

These cuts were in the region of 27% and would have taken hundreds of millions of pounds out of the Welsh economy. The UK Government reallocated some of the funding for England to rebalance some of the shortfall, although West Wales and the Valleys still faces a 16% cut. But the fact that the EU Commission plotted to hit Wales hard with cuts demonstrates that Wales would be better off out of the EU and with the future funding for these types of projects determined by politicians accountable to the Welsh electorate.

– Priti Patel MP, UK Minister of State for Employment

Stephen Doughty, Cardiff South and Penarth MP, from the Wales Stronger in Europe campaign responded to these claims, by arguing that no other part of the UK benefits as much from EU membership as Wales.

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Wales’ share of the UK’s contribution to the EU was €630 million (£486 million) a year, while Wales received at least an annual €653-747 million (£504-577 million) in EU investment. These figures have again been independently verified. This support is helping to deliver jobs and in Wales, as well as projects ranging from Parc Eirias in the north to Swansea's Bay Campus in the south. The fact is that no other part of the UK benefits as much from EU membership as Wales does, and there is no real reason for us to believe that will change.

– Stephen Doughty MP, Wales Stronger in Europe