INTERREG IVA

The Cross Border Territorial Co-operation Programme for Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland (known as INTERREG IV) is a European Union supported Structural Funds Programme which seeks to address the economic and social problems which result from the existence of the borders.

The INTERREG IV Programme aims to support strategic cross-border co-operation for a more prosperous cross border region and improve access to services so as to enhance the quality of life for those living in the eligible area. In particular the Programme will focus on developing a dynamic economy, supporting infrastructure and promoting innovative ways of addressing specific cross-border problems.

A distinctive aspect of this programme is the inclusion of Western Scotland, and the opportunity to promote co-operation between Scotland / Ireland / Northern Ireland, as well as continuing and enhancing the Northern Ireland / Ireland co-operation. The inclusion of Scotland gives an opportunity to build on the traditional cultural, economic and social links between Ireland/Scotland/Northern Ireland, and adds an innovative new aspect to the Programme.

The Programme is delivered through two priorities:

Priority 1: Co-operation for a more prosperous region:
This priority has an indicative budget of €60m - €105m and aims to diversify and develop the economy

  • By encouraging innovation and competitiveness in enterprise and business development and
  • By promoting tourism of the eligible region by encouraging innovation and competitiveness in enterprise and business development, and promoting tourism;

Priority 2: Co-operation for a sustainable cross-border region:
This priority has an indicative budget of €75m - €115m and aims to support activities that

  • Promote cross-border co-operation in policy development and
  • Improve access to services so as to improve the quality for those living in the eligible area.

    Overall Structure of the INTERREG IV Programme 2007 - 2013:

 

Interreg IIIA

The INTERREG IV Programme is a strategic programme in that it involves East Border Region (and the other Cross Border Networks) drawing up Strategic Multi-Annual Plans which will cover the INTERREG IVA period of  2007-2013. East Border Region in conjunction with its 10 member Local Authorities and other key stakeholders throughout the region developed the EBR Multi Annual Plan which is strategic in nature in that it details the strategic needs of our region across the funding operations of Enterprise, Tourism and Collaboration. 

EBR is Lead Partner on 11 INTERREG IVA projects totalling approximately €15.5 million of INTERREG IVA funding.

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