The Metro is a catalyst for transforming the Welsh economy.
The Welsh Government has committed £369m to the Metro project over the next 4 years to achieve its vision for a new, fully integrated transport network for South Wales; and is seeking a further £110m from the European Commission.
The First Minister is meeting with the Commission to gain assurance that it will continue to support the project and not be affected by forthcoming Brexit negotiations.
First Minister Carwyn Jones said:
“The EU referendum result has undoubtedly raised concerns about the delivery of our major capital programmes which currently receive funding from Europe.
“I am in Brussels today to personally seek assurance from the European Commission that we can rely on their continued support for the Metro project in the months and years ahead. It is vital we keep up the momentum so we can secure approval before the UK leaves the EU.
“The Metro is far more than just a transport scheme - it is a catalyst for transforming the economic and social prospects of our country. This ambitious development links people and jobs across South Wales, with faster journey times and more frequent services.
“A huge amount of hard work has already taken place to make this a reality. Today is an opportunity to showcase our vision to the Commission and secure their ongoing support.”
The First Minister’s Metro discussion is one of a series of high-profile meetings the First Minister has in Brussels today. He will also meet with Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and Gianni Pittella MEP, President of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament.