East Border Region Members share views on Project Kelvin

1 April 2010

East Border Region Ltd held its quarterly Members Forum meeting on Thursday 1st April in the Seagoe Hotel, Portadown. Special guest at the meeting was Mr Paul Robinson from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment who briefed members on the developments of the exciting cross border communications linkage project – ‘Project Kelvin’. East Border Region is a cross border Local Authority led Organisation and like project Kelvin the Organisation is part financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA Cross-border Programme. During the meeting which was attended by over 40 Elected Members, Mr Robinson briefed members on Project Kelvin which is a €30 million joint venture between the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in North Ireland and Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources in ROI. It is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (through the INTERREG IVA Cross-border programme) and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. Mr Robinson stated “Project Kelvin will improve international connectivity throughout the INTERREG region and provide direct connectivity to North America as well as improved connectivity with mainland Europe”. East Border Region Chairman, Cllr John V Farrelly thanked Mr Robinson for his detailed presentation and stated “The project will improve competition in the international telecommunications market and will open up new markets and new trade opportunities for the Region and beyond,"

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