EU Co-Funded Programmes
The Government’s regional policy objective is to achieve balanced regional development. It aims to reduce the disparities between and within the BMW and S&E regions and to develop the potential of both to contribute to the prosperity of the country.
The Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly is the Managing Authority for the EU co-funded Regional Programme. We are managing our second EU cofunded regional programme which runs from 2007 to 2013. The first programme which ran from 2000 to 2006 saw an investment of €4.1 billion in the S&E Region of which €1 billion supported EU cofunded projects. These investments in the S&E Region were undertaken in local infrastructure & enterprise development projects; in the agriculture & fisheries sector and a substantial investment was made in childcare facilities, training of childcare staff and the development of the childcare sector. See here for list of projects funded under the Regional Programme 2000-2006.
The 2007-2013 programme aims to build on the success of its predecessor and address new challenges in the region. The European Commission approved the Programme on 16 October 2007 and allocated to it a budget of €367 million. This will result in an investment of €146.6 million in the S&E Region through the European regional Development Fund (ERDF) by the EU. The ERDF is the only Structural Fund co-funding the 2007-2013 S&E Regional Programme.
The S&E Regional Assembly is the Managing Authority for the programme. Information on the organisations/agencies charged with delivering the grant aided programmes is available by following the links for each programme.
The Programme highlights three specific areas of investment:
1) Innovation & the Knowledge Economy
2) Environment & Accessibility
3) Sustainable Urban Development
European Territorial Cooperation programmes (ETCP)
The following suite of programmes is a part of the family of European Territorial Cooperation programmes (ETCP) formerly known as INTERREG.
The Ireland/Wales Programme 2007-2013 supports cross border projects. Its aim is to address issues relating to innovation, entrepreneurship, the knowledge economy, climate change, sustainable development and providing more and better jobs between the two EU neighbours. The Assembly hosts the Joint Technical Secretariat,, the Managing Authority and Certifying Authority for the programme.
INTERREG IVB NWE funds projects that support transnational cooperation. The Assembly hosts the national Irish Contact Point and the First Level Controller (financial) for Irish partners in this programme. The Assembly provides representation to the Programme Monitoring Committee and Programme Steering Committee on behalf of the Irish Member State.
The Atlantic Area Programme is a transnational cooperation programme "European territorial cooperation", financed by the European Commission through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), with a total of €158 million. The Atlantic Area covers the entire territory of Ireland and the Atlantic regions of Spain, France, Portugal and United Kingdom.
The Northern Periphery Programme 2007-2013 aims to help peripheral and remote communities on the northern margins of Europe to develop their economic, social and environmental potential.The success of the programme will be built on joint projects creating innovative products and services for the benefit of the programme partner countries and Europe as a whole.
The programme covers Ireland (Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Limerick, Cork, Kerry) Parts of Finland, Sweden, UK; Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Norway
INTERREG IVC programme, financed by the European Regional Development Fund, helps the regions of Europe share knowledge and transfer experience to improve regional policy. It aims, by means of interregional cooperation, to improve the effectiveness of regional development policies and contribute to economic modernisation and increased competitiveness of Europe. The Programme area is all 27 EU Member States plus Switzerland and Norway.
URBACT is a European exchange and learning programme promoting sustainable urban development. It enable cities to work together to develop solutions to major urban challenges, reaffirming the key role they play in facing increasingly complex societal changes. It helps cites to develop pragmatic solutions that are new and sustainable, and that integrate economic, social and environmental dimensions. URBACT enables cities to share good practices and lessons learned with all professionals involved in urban policy throughout Europe.
The S&E Regional Assembly is an associated Managing Authority for OPEN Cities and the CTUR projects and Derville Brennan is the Assembly’s representative for the projects. Further information about the projects can be found at www.urbact.eu or by contacting Derville Brennan, firstname.lastname@example.org
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