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

"#CohesionPolicy must fulfill its role in supporting research infrastructure in all EU regions" says @EamonDooley, emphasizing importance of creating European networks of regional innovation ecosystems & hubs. http://bit.ly/2YNUfIV & http://bit.ly/35jIVrF. #CoRPlenary

Great launch of #Galway2020 in #Brussels tonight during #EUregionsweek #EUCO

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📢#CoRplenary starts together with 1st day of #EURegionsWeek & 600+ local politicians in Brussels! To discuss:
#CohesionPolicy with @younousomarjee
#EUBudget with @GOettingerEU
and more!
👉Watch webstream 15h00: http://www.cor.europa.eu/corplenary.t.go
👉Follow LIVE blog: http://www.cor.europa.eu/plenaryblog.t.go

Our head of programme @ReddGaughan presents the #galway2020 programme, highlighting activity across Galway County.
#EURegionsWeek

A week of meetings for @SouthernAssembl @NWAssembly and @EMRAssembly during European Week of Regions and Cities, kicking off with a meeting with Commissioner @PhilHoganEU for discussions on MFF negotiations, Common Agricultural Policy and other matters of regional importance

#EURegionsWeek always a super week of info seminars; challenges & opportunities galore exist for EU’s 95,000 LRA’s- idea sharing & networking crucial to find resolutions; + great to start the week off in EP Hemicycle

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Open Call from the Creative Europe Programme for both small and large scale cooperation projects - more details below! #arts #culture #heritage #cooperation @CEDCultureIE

The #EURegionsWeek in short:

👉Annual 4-day event
👉Cities & regions showcase their capacity to:
✅Create growth & jobs
✅Implement EU cohesion policy
✅Prove the importance of local & regional levels in terms of good European governance

Programme: https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/programme/sessions_en

Congratulations to @INTERREG_NWE project #eMen and @irelandwales projects @FAI_MTAC, #hercules and #action for being included in #whatsthestory about Ireland & the EU. The @SouthernAssembl is closely associated with both #etc programmes
#euinmyregion https://twitter.com/PEDeBauw/status/1178980492563156993

Beaming with pride today as we analyse the results of Europe for Citizens in 2018 - Ireland enjoyed a 38% success rate. Our projects and proposals are of a very high quality. Well done everyone who applied and tried their best! #civilsociety #EUfunding https://lnkd.in/gsYVRj3

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