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Benefits to Wales from EU membership; LETTERS.

THE latest musings of right-wing, Euro-sceptic pressure group Open Europe - this time contained within its recent report "Off Target: The case for bringing regional policy back home" - are, as usual, deliberately misleading and one-sided.

ST Far from the conclusions drawn by the supposed "think-tank", using the figures Open Europe provides within its own report, Wales, as a whole, is a net beneficiary of EU Structural Funding to the tune of pounds 915m. In particular, our most deprived communities in receipt of European investment designed to tackle longstanding social, economic and educational disparities gain real, tangible support. For example, West Wales and the Valleys makes a contribution of pounds 819m but gets pounds 2072m back in return.

The report also calls for the repatriation of regional aid policy so that funding currently allocated by the EU on a regional basis - a system that currently works in our favour - should instead be subjected to the whims of the Tory -Lib Dem government. It is a staggering leap of faith by Open Europe to believe that Wales would continue to receive fair and equal treatment under a coalition that has already shown its lack of commitment to Wales.

This, in addition to the funding that Wales obtains for our universities and rural areas, as well as the importance of trade and jobs linked to the EU, is a key reminder of why we in Wales should be positive about Europe and why we should always carefully analyse the motives of Open Europe and the propaganda that they choose to issue.

Derek Vaughan MEP
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 3, 2012
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