The new INTERREG Programme for 2014-2020 is one of 60 programmes across the European Union designed to promote greater levels of cross-border co-operation. Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland share a number of common features with other border areas across Europe where developmental problems are exacerbated by the existence of borders.
Borders can distort infrastructure and communication networks resulting in reduced economic development and different policy approaches which hinder joined-up service delivery. The new INTERREG Programme has been designed to address many of these issues in order to promote greater economic, social and territorial cohesion across the region. The content of the Programme has been agreed by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Irish Government and the Scottish Government. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) contribution to the Programme is €240m.
In accordance with the need to demonstrate a higher degree of concentration within the 2014-2020 programming period, the new INTERREG Programme will have four key areas of focus.
- Priority Axis 1 Research & Innovation
- Priority Axis 2 Environment
- Priority Axis 3 Sustainable Transport
- Priority Axis 4 Health
The following three calls under Priority Axis 2 Environment opened on Wednesday 7th October 2015. For details of the calls including the agreed outputs, indicative actions and applications process, please use the links below to access the page for each Objective:
- Environment - Objective 2.1 'Recovery of protected habitats and priority species'
- Environment - Objective 2.2 'Manage marine protected areas and priority species'
- Environment - Objective 2.4 'Improve freshwater quality in cross-border river basins.
A thematic workshop to assist potential applicants to this call took place on Tuesday 27 October 2015 at the Crowne Plaza, Dundalk. Full details of the application process and links to register for the workshop are available on the SEUPB website. Closing Date for applications to the Environment call was 3pm on Friday 8th January 2016.