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

Irish 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

Teresa Lennon

Teresa Lennon

Head of the Irish Regions European Office
Agata Kolodynska

Agata Kolodynska

EU Support Officer

Tweets

Thanks to all our speakers and attendees at today's #EURegionsWeek session on Green Cities by Co-Design. An impressive 9 cities sharing their experiences, including Limerick and Dublin, together with a thought provoking speech by Ciaran Cuffe MEP.

🔴 Watch LIVE: Debate with Chancellor Angela #Merkel on the #EU2020DE Presidency. ⬇️

@EU2020DE @RegSprecher
#CoRplenary #EURegionsWeek https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1yoKMXAOjjpxQ

There is one more day to register to our #EURegionsWeek event Green Cities by Co-Design! Hear about effective engagement strategies with citizens, smart technology and new governance models in co-designing green cities across Europe. Link below⬇️
https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/programme/sessions/1574_en

It's only day one and we've had some great interventions at the @EU_CoR Plenary from the Irish Members. #localregionalbarometer #citizensdialogue

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A very busy 140th Plenary session of the Committee of the Regions has kicked off this morning. We're just sorry our Irish Members can't be here in Brussels, due to travel restrictions, but delighted they are contributing online.

⚡️JOB OPPORTUNITY⚡️ Looking for a new challenge 💪 ? Apply for the EU Support Officer position (1 year contact) to assist @EMRAssembly and @IrishRegions_EU office. Please share. More info: https://emra.ie/vacancy-eu-support-officer/ #makeadifference #jobfairy #Job

Delighted to have Irish CoR members participating in the online Bureau meeting today on important EU issues for Irish regions #FutureofEurope #Brexit #RegionalHubs.
@EU_CoR, @EMRAssembly @NWAssembly @SouthernAssembl @cllrmmurphytipp @cllrkmac

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Does your region or city have an entrepreneurial spirit?
👉 Showcase it & apply for the @EER_Award!
🔖 Theme: Entrepreneurship for a sustainable recovery.
⏰ Application deadline: 28 October 2020.
🌐 https://europa.eu/!DV88bj
#EER

Call alert from @EUErasmusPlus

We are in full preparation mode for our #EURegionsWeek session on Green Cities by Co-Design - more information on the topic and how to register is now on our website.
#green #urban #smart

https://www.ireo.eu/european-week-of-regions-and-cities-2020/

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