Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group (LAG) welcomed Dr Marek Beran, of the European Commission to Ceredigion on Wednesday, 26th October as part of a four-day information-gathering visit to Wales.
Dr Beran, who is responsible within the Directorate General for Agriculture (DG AGRI) for the Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Wales 2014-2020, and whose remit includes examining, negotiating, implementing and monitoring the RDP for Wales in partnership with the Member State Authorities, visited six RDP supported projects in Ceredigion.
The Ceredigion tour started in Cardigan, with a visit to Jig-So Children’s Centre’s project ‘Cegin Prydau Plant’ which is supported under the LEADER programme 2014-2020. The tour continued to the Glanyrafon Arms in Talgarreg which received support via the ‘Pub is the Hub’ scheme and the RDP programme 2007-2013. Here, Dr Beran also learned of the Llanwenog Sheep Society’s marketing initiative project which was supported under the LEADER programme 2007-2013.
Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic and Community Development Services, Ceredigion County Council and who was Chair of the Cynnal y Cardi LAG for the LEADER programme 2007-2013 said: “This has been an excellent opportunity to show our European colleagues first-hand how projects supported under the RDP in Ceredigion have thrived over the past decade, impacting positively on the lives of people living in Ceredigion.”
Further along the Ceredigion coastline in Aberarth and supported under the LEADER programme 2007-2013, Dr Beran visited Aberarth Community Group to see the results of their action planning project.
Following a tour surrounding the Tregaron and Pontrhydfendigaid area touching upon Ger-y-Gors Projects Limited’s ‘Ger-y-Gors mast’ project, which was supported under the RDP programme 2007 – 2013, the tour concluded in the north of the county, in Tre’r Ddôl. Here, Cwmni Cymunedol Cletwr Community Company welcomed Dr Beran to his final port of call at Cletwr Community Café and Shop and saw what they had achieved with their Community Consultation project which was supported under the LEADER programme 2007 – 2013.
John Davies, the current Chair of the Cynnal y Cardi LAG for the LEADER programme 2014 – 2020 said: “I am delighted that Dr Beran visited our projects today and I’m sure has gained an insight into the essence of Ceredigion – its people and characteristics. The projects are great examples of what can be achieved when people and groups in rural communities come forward to us, armed with innovative ideas and relevant projects, and to find solutions to the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis, improving an overall quality of life.”