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Minister of State Helen McEntee to visit EU-funded Cross-border Projects

 

Minister for European Affairs, Helen McEntee TD travels to Belfast and Lisburn today to visit the headquarters of the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) and also a number of projects that are being funded under the current cross-border PEACE and INTERREG programmes.

Ireland and the UK co-fund, with the EU, these two programmes which have a total value of €550 million over the period 2014-2020.

Speaking in advance of her visit, the Minister said

“For more than quarter of a century, the PEACE and INTERREG programmes have been important drivers of cross-border regional development. Significant social and economic dividends have resulted from these programmes.

I look forward to visiting the headquarters of the SEUPB and to meeting with its CEO Gina McIntyre and her team. Their excellent work in managing successive cross-border programmes has seen over €3 billion invested in Northern Ireland and the Border counties.  

These two programmes are 85% funded by the EU through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the EU’s Cohesion Policy. As Minister for European Affairs, I   very much welcome the European Union’s continuing commitment to the process of peace-building and reconciliation.”

While in Belfast the Minister will meet with the Victims and Survivors Service, DARE to Lead Change, and STRIVE, all of which receive PEACE-funding.  She will also travel to the University of Ulster in Jordanstown where she will be briefed about two INTERREG projects, ECME and SPIRE 2, before finishing her programme with a visit to the Atlas Women’s Centre in Lisburn to visit a PEACE-funded project, Developing Capacity through Dialogue for Women’s Groups.

The Minister welcomed the European Commission’s proposal for a special new PEACE PLUS programme post-2020 that will build on and continue the work of successive PEACE and INTERREG programmes.  

The Minister said:

“The Irish Government remains committed to the successful implementation of the current PEACE and INTERREG programmes and to the new PEACE PLUS programme.”

 

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