Ireland, United Kingdom
Operational Programme 'Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland'
Programme under the European Territorial Cooperation Objective, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
On 6 November 2007, the European Commission approved a European Cross-border Cooperation Programme between Ireland and the United Kingdom for the 2007-13 period.
The “Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland” Cross-border Cooperation Programme involves Community support for the following eight regions: (1) the Border Region of Ireland; (2) East of Northern Ireland; (3) North of Northern Ireland; (4) West and South of Northern Ireland; (5) Dumfries and Galloway; (6) East Ayrshire; (7) North Ayrshire mainland; and (8) South Ayrshire – as well as for the regions of Lochaber, Skye and Lochalsh, Arran and Cumbrae and Argyll and Bute. The regions Belfast, Outer Belfast and Eilean Siar (Western Isles), in the United Kingdom, can participate in the projects as adjacent areas receiving a maximum of 20% of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) support allocated to the Programme.
The Cross-border Cooperation Programme falls within the European Territorial Cooperation Objective framework and has a total budget of around €256 million. Community investment through the ERDF amounts to some €192 million.
1. Aim and purpose of the programme
The overall programme objective is to support strategic cross-border cooperation for a more prosperous and sustainable region. Emphasis will be placed upon developing a dynamic economy and supporting cross-border infrastructure; as well as to improve access to services – with the goal to improve the quality of life for those living in the eligible region.
The programme strategy will address the economic and social problems that have been exacerbated by the existence of land and maritime borders, which aim to promote greater territorial cohesion. Cross-border cooperation will support the delivery of more balanced regional development, promote economic change, strengthen competitiveness, improve access and services to facilities, ensure better value for money and address the negative effects of the border.
2. Expected impact of investments
The adopted programme is the third in a consecutive series of Cross-border Cooperation Programmes between Ireland and Northern Ireland. For the first time the maritime border between Ireland and Scotland is included and, thereby, increases the possibilities of cooperation while broadening the scope of joint actions that build on the existing historical, cultural and economic links.
A series of indicators, applicable to each of the programme priorities, will permit the evaluation of the output and programme results.
The “Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland” Operational Programme is structured along the following priorities:
Priority 1: Cooperation for a more prosperous cross-border region [approximately 39.3% of total funding]
This priority will focus on two key areas: enterprise and tourism. The first area aims to diversify and develop the economy of the eligible region, by encouraging innovation and competitiveness in enterprise and business development. The second will promote tourism.
Priority 2: Cooperation for a sustainable cross-border region [approximately 54.7% of total funding]
This priority will focus on two key areas: collaboration and infrastructure. Each area aims to provide better access to services to improve the quality of life of those living in the eligible area.
Priority 3: Technical assistance [approximately 6.0% of total funding]
The overall objective of this priority is to support the management, evaluation and monitoring of the programme.
4. Managing Authority
- The Special European Union Programmes Body
- 7th Floor, The Clarence West Building
2 Clarence Street West
- UK-BT2 7GP Belfast
- Chief Executive
- Pat, Colgan
- Tel.: +44 (0)28 9026 6660
- Fax.: +44 (0)28 9026 6692
- E-mail.: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Title : Operational Programme 'Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland'
- Intervention Type : Operational Programme
- CCI no : 2007CB163PO047
- Number of decision : C/2007/5304 final
- Final approval date : 2007-11-06
- Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Cooperation for a more prosperous cross-border region||75 502 500||25 167 500||100 670 000|
|Cooperation for a sustainable cross-border region||104 999 866||34 999 956||139 999 822|
|Technical assistance||11 520 000||3 840 000||15 360 000|
|Total||192 022 366||64 007 456||256 029 822|