The Irish Regions European Office (IREO) is a specialised support service which acts as a bridge between Irish local and regional government and the European Union, explaining and guiding its stakeholders through the Brussels scene and promoting Irish interests and best practices at the European level.

Operating as part of the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly and with the support of the Department for Housing, Planning and Local Government, our focus is on bringing the EU closer to the wider local government sector and vice versa.

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Excellent news from Cork and congratulations to Cape Clear Island!

✅ #EPlenary just approved the Common Provisions Regulation Report on future investment in EU regions (460 in favour, 170 against, 47 abstentions)

➡️ Gave @EP_Regional mandate to start negotiations with the Council

Press release to follow shortly
#CPR #MFF #cohesionpolicy

EU cohesion policy 2021-2027: European Parliament adopted today its report on the Common Provisions Regulation summary by @EP_ThinkTank @EP_Regional @EUinmyRegion @EU_CoR

Out of the 175 applications received to #UIACall4, 32% focused on #NBS #sustainable use of land, & 30% of all German applications were on #urbansecurity. 53% of applicants are cities between 50k and 250k inhabitants. See more trends in our latest article!

🎉🎉🎉#CohesionAlliance has now 10 000 supporters! The community wants a stronger #cohesionpolicy in the next #EUBudget, ahead of @Europarl_EN voting on the topic this week!

❗️@INTERREG_NWE Call 9 is now open for project proposals under priority 1 and 3. Closing date - 14th June. More info on topics and guidelines below 🔽 @EMRAssembly @SouthernAssembl @NWAssembly

Have your say on #EnergyTransition and participate to the #PublicFeedback launched by @EUUrbanAgenda

The @southernassembl will hold 3 information days on the draft Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy during February #rses #projectireland2040

Good discussion with @NWAssembly this afternoon on regional development and how to ensure EU initiatives can benefit communities around Ireland. #EUinmyregion


How can towns & villages drive rural revival in EU? What is the future of EU programmes for rural areas? How to create job opps & develop a smart regional strategy?

Great event by @EA_CoR @EU_CoR @NWAssembly in @leitrimcoco on 11/02

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