European support raises Manchester’s digital drive

Greater Manchester has been chosen as part of the European Industrial Transition Pilot, which will support the city’s ambitions to develop a Green City Region, support the digital economy, and improve skills.

Andy Burnham visited the European Commission to sign an agreement on the pilot with EU Commissioner Corina Cretu, which will see up to £450,000 being invested in the region.

The new pilot will include developing a new digital strategy, co-produced with the digital sector, as well as hosting a Green Summit on 21 March to identify how Greater Manchester can make the transition to a zero carbon economy and capitalise on the economic opportunities this presents.

Burnham said: “Greater Manchester has an unparalleled history as an industrial pioneer and I want us to lead the way again in building a 21st century economy. My vision for Greater Manchester is as the UK leading digital city and green city. This funding will help us to achieve that and implement the new thinking coming out of the forthcoming Green Summit.

“Through this pilot, we will be able to collaborate with other regions across Europe who, like Greater Manchester, are moving from an industrial past into a new dawn. As we prepare to leave the EU, it is essential that we maintain good links with our largest market. We should be building bridges rather than burning them.”

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