ERDF Available: €52.7m
Grant Rate: 75%
The Regional Assembly is the Managing and Certifying Authorities for the Ireland Wales 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.
The Programme is part of the European Territorial Cooperation funds. It aimed 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 supported joint project activity in the southern & eastern part of Ireland and the Western coastal counties of Wales under two key priorities:
Priority 1: Knowledge, Innovation and Skills for Growth
1. Innovation & Competitiveness
2. Skills for Competitiveness & Employment Integration
Priority 2: Climate Change and Sustainable Regeneration
1. Climate Change & Sustainable Development
2. Sustainable Regeneration of Communities
The Programme reached full commitment during 2012 and met the European Commission’s expenditure targets every year. Project activity finished in 2015 with the last project ceasing activity in June. At the end of 2015 less than 1% of overall grant funding available for projects remained to be paid.
The Programme committed funding to over 120 Irish and Welsh organisations through 41 cross-border projects. The breakdown of support is spread across the two priorities:
Ireland (Meath, Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary; Cork & Kerry as adjacent areas)
Wales (Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Mon), Conwy, Denbighshire and South West Wales)
First Level Control: Michael Buckley CPA