East Border Region Committee hosts showcase of European Union Interreg IIIA funded projects

24 June 2008

The East Border Committee hosted an exciting, visual exhibition showcasing the 36 Cross Border projects which the Committee have funded through the European Union Ireland/Northern Ireland Interreg IIIA Programme. The exhibition took place on Tuesday 24th June, in the Ballymacscalon Hotel, Dundalk.

Interreg is a European Union Initiative which aims to address economic and social disadvantages which can result from the existence of a border. This is achieved by creating cross border networks involving and benefiting local communities.

The East Border Region Interreg IIIA Partnership is one of 3 cross border organisations who jointly implement part of the Interreg IIIA Programme in Northern Ireland and the six border counties in the Republic of Ireland. As implementing agents for EU funding the 3 Partnerships are quite unique, in that local elected representatives and social partners are involved in the decision making process to ensure that local needs are being met by the funding.

Over the last 6 years our East Border Region Interreg Partnership has awarded in excess of €25 million Euro to projects throughout our region. This funding has been awarded to a wide range of organisations such as community groups, private enterprise, education providers and Local Authorities which has enabled them to provide services and facilities which have added value and helped address social and economic issues throughout the Region.

Vice Chairman of the East Border Region Committee Cllr John Hanna stated “the East Border Region Committee is extremely proud to be in a position to showcase the success of our 36 cross border funded projects. These projects have been conceived, developed and implemented on a truly cross border basis and provide an excellent example of the benefits to be gained from working in Partnership on a cross border basis. With the advent of the new Interreg IVA Programme just around the corner we aim to build on the cross border linkages which we have firmly rooted as a result of the Interreg IIIA Programme and ensure cross border co-operation is at the forefront of all stakeholders in our

Photo from left to right: Cllr Jackie Crowe, Chair of EBR Interreg IIIA Partnership, Mr Eddie McVeigh, Head of EU Commission in N.I., Ms Pamela Arthurs, CEO of the EBRC, Mr Pat Colgan, CEO of the SEUPB and Cllr John Hanna, Chair of the EBRC.

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  • Ards and North Down Borough Council
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