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Ireland Wales Co-operation Programme 2007-2013

    Website: http://www.irelandwales.ie
    ERDF Available: €52.7m
    Grant Rate: 75%

    Ireland Wales Programme 2007-2013

    The Regional Assembly is the Managing and Certifying Authority for the Ireland Wales Territorial Co-operation Programme 2007-13.  The Programme’s Joint Technical Secretariat (JTS), which is part of the Regional Assembly, is based in Waterford and is responsible for the daily management of the Programme, in partnership with the Welsh Government.

    Background

    The Ireland-Wales Programme is part of the European Territorial Cooperation group of funds.  It supports activities which facilitate cross-border cooperation between organisations in Ireland and Wales. The first Programme started in 1994 and has been built on by each Programme since. The following Programme began in 2007 with an overall grant budget of €52m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

    The Programme aims to strengthen Irish-Welsh co-operation through joint activities in the areas of entrepreneurship, climate change, sustainable development and providing more and better jobs. The Programme supports joint project activity in the Southern & Eastern regions of Ireland and the Western coastal counties of Wales under two key priorities:

    Priority 1: Knowledge, Innovation and Skills for Growth

    • Innovation & Competitiveness                                      
    • Skills for Competitiveness & Employment Integration

     

    Priority 2: Climate Change and Sustainable Regeneration

    • Climate Change & Sustainable Development          
    • Sustainable Regeneration of Communities

     

    Overview

    The Programme has now committed its’ funding to over 120 Irish and Welsh organisations through 41 cross-border projects.  The breakdown of support is spread across the two Programme priorities:

    Priority 1 Theme 1: 14 projects

    ACT; CAN; Celtic Wave; Channel Clusters; CIME; FCCA; INSPIRE; Inventorium; ISMLKN; Outdoor Tourism; VISION; WIN-IPT; WINSENT & WISE

    Priority 1 Theme 2: 11 projects

    CORACLE; Deis-Cyfle!; GIFT; mCommunity; Menter Iontach Nua; NeuroSKILL; SLNIW; SSPSGDP; Walkways; Winning in Tendering & WINSS

    Priority 2 Theme 1: 8 projects

    Celtic Sea Trout Project; Ecojel; Green Communities; Hydro BPT; IMPACT; MISE; Smart Coasts=Sustainable Communities & SUSFISH

    Priority 2 Theme 2: 8 projects

    ACTION; Age Friendly Communities; BRAND; Celtic Community Link; Project FUTSAL; Hercules; Metal Link & Rising Tide

    Programme Update

    The Programme reached full commitment during the course of 2012, and has met the European Commission’s expenditure targets (N+2) every year.

    Project activity finished during 2015 with the last project ceasing activity in June 2015. During the second half of the year the focus of the JTS turned to completing first level control and issuing final payments. At the end of the year less than 1% of overall grant funding available for projects remained to be paid out.

    Eligible Countries

    Ireland: (Co. Meath, Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary; also Cork and Kerry as adjacent areas).

    Wales (Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Mon), Conwy, Denbighshire and South West Wales).

    +353 (0) 51 860 700

    First Level Control (Financial)

    Michael Buckley CPA

    +353 51 860 711

    mbuckley@southernassembly.ie