EU Officials To Visit Islands

Three EU commissioners will be visiting the islands tomorrow.

They’re here to see how European and DEFRA money, distributed through the Local Action Group fund, is making a difference to islanders.

Heading the group will be EU Programme Manager Jean-Bernard Benhaiem.

The officials will tour a range of LAG-supported projects and meet beneficiaries of funding including Val & Graham Thomas at St Martin’s Vineyard and representatives of Mainland Marketing.

They’ll also meet the St Martin’s Reading Room Committee to discuss the group’s successful bid for just over £562,000 of EU/DEFRA funds.

The three strong contingent will then get a tour of Lunnon Farm and have an opportunity to talk to local farmers about how EU agricultural initiatives have had an effect in Scilly.

LAG Programme Manager, Amanda Pender said: In partnership with DEFRA the current EU Rural Programme has invested over £3,000,000 across the islands. This is a staggering figure for such a small community and this visit is an opportunity to show how EU funds are working to make a real difference to the everyday lives of farmers, fisherman and members of the community.”

Whilst the visit will look at how funds are being delivered at present, it will also allow islanders to discuss how any future EU Rural Development funds might best benefit the islands.