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.

Who we are

The Irish Regions European Office is based in Brussels and represents the three Regional Assemblies and 31 local authorities of Ireland.

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.

Location

Iris Regions European Office
5th Floor
Rue Froissart 50
B-1040 Bruxelles

+32 (0) 2 2331122

info@ireo.eu

What we do

IREO has four main functions by which it seeks to provide timely and relevant guidance and advisory services to stakeholders in order to inform and facilitate their individual and collective understanding of and engagement in European activities:

  • Policy – to monitor and report on relevant EU policy developments and enable input into the policy-making process where possible.
  • Committee of the Regions – to provide the secretariat to the Irish delegation to the Committee of the Regions and to work to enhance the strategic linkages between their activities and the priorities of Irish local and regional government.
  • Funding and financing – to highlight opportunities and assist with the development of quality involvement in EU funding programmes and initiatives.
  • Networking – to represent our stakeholders’ interests by identifying and engaging with decision-makers and by participating in collaborative value-added activity including relevant European networks, associations and partnerships.

Being based in Brussels gives us a practical advantage and enables us to:

  • Pinpoint contacts and identify relevant decision-makers.
  • Open doors and engage with key Institutional interlocutors in the European Commission, the European Parliament and Ireland’s Permanent Representation
  • Organise targeted study visits for our stakeholders
    Network and build alliance with other European local and regional authorities and European associations (CPMR, ERRIN…).
  • Represent our stakeholders’ interests at working/advisory groups, thematic and regional fora and project meetings.

Role of Regional Assemblies

Following on from the enactment of the Local Government Reform Act 2014, three new Regional Assemblies came into effect on 1st January 2015, namely the Southern Regional Assembly, the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly and the Northern & Western Regional Assembly.

Both the Southern Assembly and the Northern and Western Regional Assembly are managing authorities for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managing respectively the Southern and Eastern Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 and the Border, Midland and Western Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020. All three Regional Assemblies also provide national contact points for European Territorial Cooperation Programmes and participate on those programmes’ monitoring committees.

Other key duties of the assemblies are to:

  • Co-ordinate, promote and support strategic planning and sustainable development of the region
  • Prepare, adopt and implement the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies (RSES).
  • Ensure consistency with RSES in relation to the Local Economic and Community Plans of the constituent Local Authorities.
  • Identify, participate in and co-ordinate certain EU projects.
  • Support the work of the National Oversight and Audit Commission.

Who we do this for

The three Regional Assemblies’ staff and elected representatives

The 31 Irish Local Authorities’ staff and elected representatives

 

The Irish delegation to the CoR

Meet the team

Sarah Holden

Sarah Holden

Head of the Irish Regions European Office
Agata Kolodynska

Agata Kolodynska

EU Support Officer

Tweets

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Some more details of the seventh and final @NPA2014_2020 Interreg call can now be found on our website:
https://t.co/lIfECOIyFH
#entrepreneurship #sustainable #environmental #management

Funding alert: @NPA2014_2020 seventh call is now open for applications until 30th September: https://t.co/b5wvhgWfu5

The wait is over! #EURegionsWeek programme and registrations are now open. More details on this year's themes and sessions, as well as registration details are on our website: https://t.co/P5AHE8PxLM

Decarbonising the economy will cost a lot, but EU financial instruments are available - how do we fund a just transition? https://t.co/93TmRKUnjo

The 5th and final call of Urban Innovative Actions programme will launch in September. Ahead of that, we review call's priority themes as well as other important elements:
https://t.co/hicX5kJbvy
#culture #AirQuality #DemographicChange @EMRAssembly @SouthernAssembl @NWAssembly

Today at @EU_CoR #plenary,debate with @MAC_europa on role of regions in multilevel governance of climate change & energy transition- "our proposals are ambitious but achievable" and we need to work closely together on achieving the Paris Agreement targets and fight climate change

Fascinating presentation on the negative impact of #Brexit on the EU by @NECSTouR in @EU_CoR mtg chaired by @cllrmmurphytipp

Today 23 new Action Planning Networks approved! 7 Networks with Irish partners. Big congrats to all involved! https://t.co/cYZRi7j8VP
@URBACT @IrishRegions_EU @LimerickCouncil @dlrcc @DubCityCouncil @Fingalcoco @longfordcoco @SouthernAssembl

Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2019 is now published with excellent results for Irish regions classified as strong innovators - the scoreboard gives details on the variables and performance of different regions @EMRAssembly @NWAssembly @SouthernAssembl https://t.co/KArSVbFUqN

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