Interreg Northern Ireland – Ireland – Scotland (UK – Ireland)

  • Programme Thematic Objectives

    • Research and innovation

        Investment priority 1A

        • To increase business and industry relevant research and innovation capacity across the region within two target sectors; Health and Life Sciences and Renewable Energy

        Investment priority 1B

        • To increase the number and capacity of SMEs engaged in cross-border research and innovation activity in the region aimed at the development of new products, processes and tradable services

    • Environment and resource efficiency

        Investment priority 6B

        • To improve water quality in shared transitional waters

        • To improve freshwater quality in cross-border river basins

        Investment priority 6D

        • To promote cross-border co-operation to facilitate the recovery of selected protected habitats and priority species

        • To develop cross-border capacity for the monitoring and management of marine protected areas and species in the region.

    • Sustainable transport

        Investment Priority 7C

        • Promote cross-border intermodal and sustainable mobility in the cross-border region

    • Social inclusion

        Investment priority 9A

        • Through collaboration on a cross-border basis, to improve the health and well-being of people living in the region by enabling them to access quality health and social care services in the most appropriate setting to their needs

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The €283m INTERREG VA Programme is one of 60 similar funding programmes across the European Union that have been designed to help overcome the issues that arise from the existence of a border. These issues range from access to transport, health and social care services, environmental issues and enterprise development.

Since 1991 the INTERREG Programme has brought in approximately €1.13 billion into the region. This funding has been used to finance thousands of projects that support strategic cross-border co-operation in order to create a more prosperous and sustainable region. The new programming period for 2014-2020 provides opportunity for continued EU assistance to help create a more prosperous and sustainable cross-border region.

In total 85% of the Programme, representing €240m is provided through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  The remaining €43m, representing 15% is match-funded by the Irish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive. The content of the new INTERREG VA Programme has been agreed by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Irish Government, the Scottish Government and the European Commission.  It has four core objectives where it will make a real and lasting change in terms of Research & Innovation for cross-border enterprise development; Environmental initiatives; Sustainable Transport projects; and Health & Social Care services on a cross-border basis.

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