MEPs back Euro aid for Wales

MEPs have backed budget plans which will see European aid given to Wales until 2020. Their final vote in the European Parliament in Strasbourg follows years of discussions on the distribution of aid money to some of the poorest regions of the EU.

Wales has qualified for the highest level of aid which is expected to mean €2.1bn over the course of the spending period. It's a higher amount than had been expected after the UK Government agreed to cut some funding from parts of England.

It'll be the third round of aid given to Wales. The Welsh Government has been criticised for some of its previous spending priorities. If it gets permission from the European Commission, it intends to spend more of the next batch on roads and other infrastructure projects.

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European budget approved

Members of the European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg have approved the European Union's overall budget for the next seven years. They've also voted in favour of regional aid that's expected to deliver €2.1 billion to West Wales and the Valleys.