European Territorial Co-operation 2014-2020 (INTERREG)
The Fifth programming period of Interreg has a budget of some €10.1bn and supports over 75 Cross Border, Transnational and Inter-regional programmes. Ireland is eligible to participate in a total of six programmes and compared to the 2007-2013 programme period the overall budget for these programmes has increased as has the grant intervention rate to projects. The relevant programmes to Ireland are: –
Ireland/Northern Ireland/Scotland Programme
Atlantic Area Programme
Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA)
North West Europe Programme
Interreg EUROPE Programme (EU 28 MS)
These programmes have proved very popular with Irish organisations during the 2007-2013 period, The total benefit to Ireland from transnational and inter-regional co-operation over this period has been some €35m in approved grant supports from the European Regional Development Fund to over 200 Irish partner organisations. A diverse range of sectors have been supported during this period including creative industries, seafood development, marine biotechnology, renewable energies and small business internationalisation. For the period 2014-2020, The Northern and Western Regional Assembly is the designated National Contact Point in Ireland for the Atlantic Area, Northern Periphery and Arctic and INTERREG Europe Programmes.
The Assembly has been actively involved in managing Interreg Territorial Co-Operation Programmes in Ireland since 2000. Assembly Director, Gerry Finn represents the region at a strategic level on the Programme Monitoring Committee of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Cross Border Programme as well as the Atlantic Area, NPA and Interreg Europe programmes, Gerry also acts as the National Contact Point in Ireland for the Interreg Europe Programme. Michael O’ Brien acts as the National Contact Point for the Atlantic Area and Northern Periphery Programmes providing project development assistance to Irish organisations and helping these promoters prepare applications to EU Interreg programmes. Brendan Mooney is the First level Controller responsible for the certification of Irish partner expenditure incurred on approved Transnational and Inter-regional projects.
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