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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
Living Longer: Ageing Well
The third phase of the Welsh Government’s pioneering Strategy for Older People in Wales has been launched.
- ‘Enterprise Troopers’ set to storm Wales’ primary schools
- “Wales is leading the way on Sustainable Procurement” – Jane Hutt
- Living Longer: Ageing Well
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- Business and economy
- Children and young people
- Culture and sport
- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Housing and community
- Improving public services
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
This page contains information on the activities that make up International Affairs.
The European and External Affairs Division is responsible for External Relations and activities fall into four broad categories:
Public Diplomacy issues and international relationships
We maintain links between the Welsh Government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and provide advice on matters of diplomacy. We also offer strategic and practical guidance related to our links with other regions throughout the World and explore opportunities for developing further formal and informal links of benefit to Wales.
Formal government links are reflected in Memoranda of Understanding with Catalunya, Brittany, New South Wales, Chubut (Patagonia), Baden-Wurttemberg, Silesia (Poland), Latvia, and Chongqing (China).
As a small country it is important that Wales makes the best use of all its resources. We have been working with others on developing a Wales brand – a positive and consistent image of Wales which can be harnessed by all involved in the promotion of any aspect of Wales – as a place to live, work, study, visit and do business. This brand will influence the way everyone in the Welsh Government promotes Wales and we are making guidelines available to assist colleagues.
In order to raise the international profile of Wales and increase Wales’s influence on the world stage we organise a small number of quality, high profile international events each year. We showcase some of the very best that Wales has to offer and events have taken place in Brussels, California, New York, Sydney, Dubai and Lorient France. In 2006 we have two major events taking place in New York and Hong Kong.
The Welsh Government receives frequent requests from overseas diplomats, politicians and Very Important Persons (VIPs) who wish to visit Wales. External Relations makes arrangements for such visits wherever possible, tailoring programmes to the visitors’ stated interests and the Welsh Government’s objectives.