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

Teresa Lennon

Teresa Lennon

Head of the Irish Regions European Office
Agata Kolodynska

Agata Kolodynska

EU Support Officer

Tweets

The Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is tackling climate change with sustainable solutions to 🍃environmental 👩‍👩‍👦‍👦 social & 💶 economic issues. W/@KateFeeneyFF @dlrcc

👉More on #Regions4Climate ahead of #COP25: https://cor.europa.eu/en/events/Pages/COP25_projects.aspx#9

CoR launched the 2021 edition of the @EER_Award - applications open until 31st March 2020. This year's theme focusing on #entrepreneurship for a #green and #sustainable future. More info below ▶️ https://www.ireo.eu/2021-edition-of-eer-award/ @EMRAssembly @SouthernAssembl @NWAssembly

The #EER2021 competition has just been opened by @mmarkkula, First Vice President of the @EU_CoR at the #SMEAssembly2019. Find more info on applications: http://cor.europa.eu/eer.go

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First week in my new role in Brussels and delighted to be representing @IrishRegions_EU together with my fab colleague Agata!

Delegation from @Corkcoco in @Europarl_EN today. Positive discussions on how local and EU reps can work together to deliver for our county.

Great to meet @fiannafailparty’s @cllrfrankoflynn @IanDoyle1956 & Cllr. Joe Carroll - three of the country’s hardest working councillors

The #EER award is back soon! New call for applications for #EER2021 will be opened at the #SMEassembly2019 in Helsinki on November 26. Join our seminar on the New Role for cities and regions in promoting SMEs and entrepreneurship!https://cor.europa.eu/en/engage/Documents/EER/4178-programme-EN.pdf

⚡BREAKING NEWS!⚡ #ErasmusPlus Call for Proposals 2020 published with an expected budget of over €3 billion - a 12% increase on 2019! 🎉🇪🇺

Press release → https://europa.eu/!Cw83MU
Call → https://europa.eu/!TU66cF
Programme guide → https://europa.eu/!xy73hP

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Great to engage with the Regional Assemblies @SouthernAssembl @NWAssembly @EMRAssembly & @ESRIDublin and get their perspectives & insights for our @EU_Commission @eurireland fact-finding, on the ground work on the #EuropeanSemester @EUinmyRegion @IrishRegions_EU

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Happy #WorldCitiesDay 🏙️🌿
It makes such a difference to live in a green and healthy city!
Many European cities are taking action to cut emissions 💨, beat #AirPollution and become smart and #climate resilient!
We 💚 them for that!
RT if you do too! #ClimateAction #Cities4Climate

📣 DEADLINE EXTENDED 📣
🌍 #YoungLocalLeaders who are actively involved in their municipalities' adaptation to #climatechange can apply by 4 November, noon.
👉 https://europa.eu/!gG83gF
#eulocal #Regions4Climate #United4Climate

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