Labour Euro MP to visit Highfields Centre in Leicester

Glenis Willmott, the Labour MEP for the East Midlands, will be visiting the Highfields Centre in Leicester on Friday 9th March 2012 at 1.30pm, following a visit she hosted for Highfields Community Association to the European Parliament in October 2011.

Speaking today, Priya Thamotheram, Head of Highfields Centre, said:
“Our visit to the EU last October was to help us understand and access EU funding and Glenis Willmott’s return visit to us will further enable the this process to be realised. This is an exciting learning and development opportunity for members of the community who believe that the EU funding systems should be transparent and accountable to local people, and who are also committed to fairness and equality in the delivery of EU funded services.”

“We see it as a great opportunity for the people of Highfields to be actively involved in developing a programme that will serve as a model for the rest of the city and country.”

“Apart from the EU Regional Development and Social Funds which are currently overseen by local authorities (following the closure of the Government’s regional offices), there are several other funding streams which can only be directly sourced from Brussels.”

Glenis Willmott said: “I’m looking forward to visiting Highfields Centre, not only to see some of the work they do on behalf of local communities, but also to hear about the difficulties of accessing EU funding.   While MEPs do not make decisions about individual funding applications, we do have a role in deciding on the overall approach.  If local communities are not benefitting from these public funds, this is an issue I can take up with Commission officials and in the European Parliament.”

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