The Cross Border Territorial Co-operation Programme for Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.
The Cross Border Territorial Co-operation Programme for Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland (known as INTERREG IV) was a European Union supported Structural Funds Programme which sought to address the economic and social problems which resulted from the existence of borders.
The INTERREG IV Programme aimed to support strategic cross-border co-operation for a more prosperous cross border region and sought to improve access to services so as to enhance the quality of life for those living in the eligible area. In particular the Programme focused on developing a dynamic economy, supporting infrastructure and promoting innovative ways of addressing specific cross-border problems.
A distinctive aspect of the programme was 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 gave an opportunity to build on the traditional cultural, economic and social links between Ireland/Scotland/Northern Ireland, and added an innovative new aspect to the Programme.
The Programme was delivered through two priorities:
Priority 1: Co-operation for a more prosperous region:
This priority had an indicative budget of €60m – €105m and aimed to diversify and develop the economy
Priority 2: Co-operation for a sustainable cross-border region:
This priority had an indicative budget of €75m – €115m and aimed to support activities that
EBR were Lead Partner on 11 INTERREG IVA projects totalling approximately €15.5 million of INTERREG IVA funding: please click on the tabs for more information on each project:
Tourism Development Plan
Mourne Cooley Gullion
East Border Region
Action for Biodiversity
Energy Efficiency & Micro Generation Project
Life Sciences Supply Chain Project
The Smart Eco Hub