Consultation Exercise 2014: Overview
SEUPB opens Second Consultation
The content of the Cooperation Programmes (CPs) for PEACE and INTERREG 2014-2020 has been informed by the first public consultation exercise which took place in 2012.
The second public consultation with stakeholders across the eligible regions (Northern Ireland / Border Region of Ireland / Western Scotland (for INTERREG only) will run from Tuesday 03 June 2014 until Tuesday 29 July 2014.
A number of public consultation events will be held across the eligible area also.
The Consultation Information Document, the draft PEACE Cooperation Programme and the draft INTERREG Cooperation Programme are now available at www.seupb.eu or you can find them in our publications section.
The Cooperation Programmes will be presented to the Northern Ireland Executive, the Irish Government and the Scottish Government (INTERREG only) for approval before being submitted by 22 September 2014 to the European Commission for negotiation and final approval. The Commission has indicated that the negotiation phase is likely to last approximately 6 months.
It is estimated that the earliest calls for applications are unlikely to happen before March / April 2015.
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These programmes have been in operation for the past two decades and have made a significant impact upon the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across the region. The importance of this consultation exercise can therefore not be underestimated, as it will help shape any funding that is made available by Europe up to 2020.
“It will also play an important part in deciding where the future spending priorities will be and as such we need to hear from as many people as possible, to ensure that this exercise has real meaning,” he continued.
The views and opinions collected during this exercise will be used to help shape two new potential sources of EU funding for the region, under PEACE IV and INTERREG V, for the period 2014-2020.
Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland and parts of Western Scotland, are currently in receipt of approximately £0.5 billion worth of EU funding through the PEACE III (£290m) and INTERREG IVA (£223m) Programmes.
Previously the consultation process begun on Tuesday 28th August and ended on Tuesday 20th November 2012. During this period the SEUPB facilitated different consultation workshops across Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Scotland.
All of the information gathered during the consultation exercise will be used to create the draft operational programmes produced by the SEUPB. Another consultation will then be held in 2014.
The final operational programmes will be approved by the NI Executive, the Irish Government and the Scottish Government. They will then be submitted for agreement to the European Commission, ahead of the new programming period in 2014.