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

2nd day of @Atlantic_Arc Hub meetings - taking place at @cantabriaes offices in Brussels

Key debates among Atlantic #regions, @EU_MARE & @Transport_EU on #marinerenewableenergy #maritime training & #accessibility

+ updates on projects @BlueBiotech @EUClipper @Clean_Atlantic

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Have an 💡idea on how to bring about concrete solutions for #resource-efficiency and #innovation in 🇪🇺North-West Europe area? The 9th call for Interreg NWE Europe is now published. More details available here ➡️ https://t.co/Se6NrHlHdK
@EMRAssembly @SouthernAssembl @NWAssembly

Great turnout at the @Atlantic_Arc Commission hub meeting. Future of INTERREG, Atlantic Strategy, and differences between macroregional strategies and sea-basin strategies on the agenda!

Very useful & informative discussion on future of #Atlantic Strategy in light of ongoing review and progress of negotiations on future #Interreg funding programmes with input from @EU_Regional & @EU_MARE @Atlantic_Arc @NWAssembly @CPMR_Europe @EUAtlantic

Congratulations to the selected Irish municipalities! Full list of Irish beneficiaries available here: https://t.co/FWNGuxwUWM Second call announced for early 2019 - stay tuned! #WiFi4EU #connected @EMRAssembly @NWAssembly @SouthernAssembl

.⁦@MichelBarnier⁩ meeting members of the Irish delegation ⁦@EU_CoR⁩ after debate on #brexit withdrawal agreement ⁦@SouthernAssembl⁩ ⁦@EMRAssembly⁩ ⁦@NWAssembly⁩

.@MichelBarnier references U.K. Parliament vote on withdrawal agreement, noting need for all to be responsible

.@MichelBarnier addressing @EU_CoR on the proposed withdrawal agreement. Emphasizes that #brexit doesn't bring any added value and is a case of damage limitation. UK will remain close ally, but future relationship cannot be business as usual

.@IrishRegions_EU v good meeting last eve w/ Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network-4 year Ireland-Wales @interregeurope project, supports R & D for small & medium-sized businesses in life science sector. 1 of many projects worried about Brexit, https://t.co/jPPiNk2Jp3

.@deirdreforde presenting her opinion on the Single Market Programme @EU_CoR highlighting need to support SMEs & strengthen #EU Single Market amidst challenges of #brexit & globalisation @SouthernAssembl @Corkcoco @EPP_CoR

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