- Innovation & Competitiveness
- Skills for Competitiveness & Employment Integration
- Climate Change & Sustainable Development
- Sustainable Regeneration of Communities
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.
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
Priority 2: Climate Change and Sustainable Regeneration
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
Priority 1 Theme 2: 11 projects
Priority 2 Theme 1: 8 projects
Priority 2 Theme 2: 8 projects
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.
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).
First Level Control (Financial)
Michael Buckley CPA