Key achievements of Regional Policy - Ireland
The present country results are based on the Synthesis report of the ex post evaluation of Cohesion policy programmes financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund over the 2007-2013 programming period. They present and analyse the findings at a Member State level and they attempt to answer three main sets of questions:
- How the funding provided was used in the Member State or what the money was spent on?
- What the results were and how far they contributed to the goals of Cohesion policy?
- What the lessons to be drawn from the experience over the period are and what the implications are for Cohesion policy in the future or how the design and operation of the policy can be improved to make it more effective?
So far for the programming period 2007-2013, key achievements of Regional Policy are:
Creating jobs and growth
An estimated 6 833 new jobs were created from 2007 to 2014
Investing in people
Up to 166 000 ESF Participants every year
Strengthening research and innovation
153 000 additional citizens were covered by broadband connectivity
Impacts and results for the 2000-2006 period can be found in the ex post evaluations.