East Border Region Ltd welcome Canadian Ambassador to Annual General Meeting

4 December 2009

At its Annual General Meeting held on Friday 4th December 2009, in the Fairways Hotel, Dundalk the East Border Region Board were delighted to welcome the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Patrick Binns as Keynote speaker.

The EBR is a cross border local authority led Organisation who are part-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA Cross-border Programme. This programme is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

The Ambassador highly commended the sterling work which the EBR has been doing over the past thirty three years, “I must congratulate the EBR, from humble beginnings to build a bridge, a “physical bridge” your work has reduced the impact of the Border in the EBR. Over 3 decades, you have worked on major economic and social projects to bring benefits to the Region. You have become effective lobbyists on issues of national interest; you have promoted tourism, provided ICT training and education and supported creative and digital media. And now you are working on a Multi Annual Plan to equip your region to compete in a globalised, innovative, knowledge rich and competitive economy, offering opportunities on a balanced basis across the EBR. Your focus going forward in the INTERREG IVA Programme on the environment, on renewable energy and sustainable development, on biodiversity and on the impact of climate change is exactly the right approach”.

EBR were also delighted to welcome the Canadian Embassy’s Senior Trade Commissioner Ms Suzanne Cormie. Ms Cormie spoke of the many ways in which her department can assist businesses and indeed budding entrepreneurs in the EBR to break into the Canadian market.

Ms Pamela Arthurs, Chief Executive of EBR provided members with an overview of East Border Region activities over the past year which included the closure of the INTERREG IIIA Programme in the EBR in which EBR successfully managed 38 genuine cross border projects totalling €25 million. Ms Arthurs also alluded to the importance of the incoming year as EBR embark on the commencement of the new INTERREG IVA Programme and play hosts to the 2010 Annual Association of Border Regions Conference which will see over 300 visitors to our Region.

The East Border Region Board appointed Councillor John V Farrelly, Meath County Council as Chairman for the incoming year while Alderman Arnold Hatch from Craigavon Borough Council and Councillor Anne Wilson from North Down Borough Council were elected as Vice-Chairs.

Speaking at the Annual General Meeting Councillor Farrelly said that he was delighted and honoured to accept the position of Chairperson of the East Border Region Board. He paid tribute to the outgoing Chair, Cllr John Hanna and stated that he hoped that he could emulate his predecessors’ achievements.

The East Border Region Board is a local authority led organisation comprising ten member councils, Counties Louth, Meath and Monaghan, Newry and Mourne, Down and Banbridge Districts, Armagh City and District, Craigavon, Ards and North Down Boroughs. In recent years the Committee has established itself as being at the forefront of cross border economic development.

Photo caption (l to r) Cllr Anne Wilson and Ald Arnold Hatch, EBR 2010 Vice Chairs, Ms Suzanne Cormie, Senior Trade Commissioner Canadian Embassy to Ireland, Mr Pat Binns, Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Ms Pamela Arthurs EBR Chief Executive, Cllr John V Farrelly EBR 2010 Chairman and Cllr Regina Doherty, EBR Member pictured at the EBR Annual General Meeting.

Annual Report 2008

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  • LCC
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  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council
  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council