The Border Midland and Western Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 was formally submitted to the European Commission on 22nd July 2014 and was approved on 12th December 2014. The new programme was prepared in co-operation with a wide range of partners and stakeholders including:
• Competent Regional and Local Authorities
• Competent Urban and other Public Authorities
• Economic and Social Partners
• Bodies representing Civil Society, Environmental Partners and Non-Governmental Organisations
• Bodies responsible for promoting Social Inclusion, Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination
Over the March 2013 to March 2014 period, 58 meetings were held with relevant Government Departments and Agencies on the preparation of the Regional Operational Programme and potential actions for inclusion in the programme. These meetings were held jointly with the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly and with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
ERDF Needs Analysis
An ERDF Needs Analysis process was undertaken jointly with the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly, with the expert assistance of the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, NUI Maynooth and the Limerick Institute of Technology.
Ex Ante Evaluation
The draft Operational Programme was subjected to an independent ex ante evaluation which was carried out by RSM McClure Watters between September 2013 and July 2014.
An environmental report n environmental report h has been prepared on the Operational Programme in accordance with the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive. A non-technical summary of the environmental report is appended to the Operational Programme document.
An SEA Statement has been prepared, following the adoption of the Operational Programme. This statement summarises how the environmental considerations and the Environmental Report were factored into the Operational Programme and it also summarises how submissions received during the public consultation stage of the SEA process were considered.
The Implementation Plan is a key document for guiding the implementation of each of the Themes/Schemes within the BMW Regional Operational Programme 2014-20 and for providing information to the Monitoring Committee in order to fulfil its remit. The Implementation Plan sets out the detailed implementation arrangements for each intervention/scheme and the associated targets and provides information on the appraisal and selection of projects, the latter of which is a formal requirement, and has been adopted by the Monitoring committee.