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£8.8M EURO FUNDING FOR HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS

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Scottish secretary John Reid has announced that a further£8.8m of funding has been approved for 51 projects under ...
Scottish secretary John Reid has announced that a further£8.8m of funding has been approved for 51 projects under Objective 1 for the Highlands & Islands, following a meeting of the Objective 1 Programme Monitoring Committee. These funds are targeted at boosting economic development in the area.

Dr Reid said: 'I am delighted to announce these grant awards, which will ensure that European Structural Funds will continue to have a real impact on the Highlands & Islands Objective 1 area. These projects will create more jobs and establish new and better facilities, further contributing to the Highlands & Islands economy and quality of life.

'I am pleased that the projects are well focused, targeted where local

people can benefit and will help to achieve the overall aims of the

Programme'.

The approvals include£2.82m to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar toward a£9.4m project which includes construction of a rock filled causeway across the Sound of Eriskay forming a permanent link between South Uist and Eriskay.

NOTES

1. Highlands & Islands Objective 1 Programme was approved formally by the European Commission on July 29, 1994 for the period January 1, 1994 to December 31, 1999. Total funding over the six years will be some£230m.

2. The current round was operated as a 'Challenge Fund round' whereby bids were invited under any measure within the Programme (excluding the European Social Fund measures where funds are fully committed, and those administered by the Scottish Office agriculture, environment and fisheries department).

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