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15 November 2006
SAUL successful in securing additional funds

Groundwork London and the SAUL Partnership has secured an additional €750,000 of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) towards a €1.5 Million extension to its existing project.  This is the SAUL Partnership's response to the 8th and final Call for applications under Interreg lllB for North West Europe.

This was a limited call to existing lllB partnerships for extensions, and to prepare for the next Programme period under new 'Objective 3' (European territorial co-operation). The emphasis is on adding value to current or recent work, and transition to the 2007-13 period. The project will be focusing on the relevance of 'New Urban Landscapes' to the key European priorities of regional competitiveness, economic viability and social cohesion in city regions.  The total value of the SAUL projects now stand at Euro 23.4 million, with Euro 10.7 million funded from ERDF.

In London, the extension project will be the next stage of the London Strategic Parks Project, with the Wandle Valley spatial strategy as the pilot. This will be developed with Greater London Authority (GLA) (one of the SAUL Partners), Groundwork Merton and the Wandle Forum.

The SAUL extension provides an important transition of policy aims and valuable continuity for the Partnership as a whole while the new European programmes for 2007-13 are coming on stream.  The Partnership expects to submit an application to the new Objective 3 funding in Spring 2007.

The SAUL partnership is led by Groundwork London, the regional arm of Groundwork UK in the capital.

For further information, please contact at Groundwork London on +44 (0)20 7922 1230.

For further information, please contact at Groundwork London on +44 (0)20 7922 1230.

Notes to editors

1. The SAUL project was launched in June 2003, since when six Metropolitan regions in North West Europe have worked together to address four key areas:

2.  The SAUL project is funded by INTERREG IIIB North West Europe programme, a European Regional Development initiative that is focused on transnational cooperation to address territorial development issues.

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