The cross-border PEACE Plus programme with over €1 billion will be opening for calls later this year, but you can already sign up to receive information about the themes of most interest to you.
An information document providing an overview of the themes and investment area for the 2021-2027 programming period has been published. This document is due for approval by the European Commission and is therefore subject to change.
What is the PEACE Plus Programme?
The PEACE Plus Programme is a cross-border European Territorial Cooperation fund that builds on and continues the work on the Interreg VA and Peace IV programmes.
The overall objective of the PEACE PLUS Programme will be to build Peace and Prosperity and ensure that this Programme will leave a lasting and tangible legacy across Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland. The Programme’s strategy is to continue to take the opportunities and address the needs arising from the peace process in order to boost economic growth and stimulate social and economic regeneration and secondly, to promote social inclusion, particularly for those at the margins of economic and social life. The Programme will help to address many long-standing social and economic challenges which have, and continue to impact on communities, particularly those in rural border areas, as well as ongoing challenges that exist in urban settings.
New ‘functional’ area
The core programme area includes Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland, namely the counties of Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo. However, cross border collaboration is not strictly limited to the administrative borders of the Programme but has a flexible geography depending on the topic concerned.
This is called a ‘functional area‘ and allows for organisations and institutions not based in the core Programme area to get involved in projects by linking with partners within the core Programme area. In other words, for this next programming period (2021-2027) organisations outside the counties in the core programme area can get involved in projects, depending on the theme.
As stated above, an information document on the PEACE Plus Programme 2021-2027 presents an overview of the themes and investment areas. The document has been approved by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Irish Government and North South Ministerial Council. It is subject to approval by the European Commission and is therefore subject to change.
The Overview is intended to provide information to potential applicants to enable project development to continue. Further detailed guidance will be made available following Commission approval.
Register your interest
The SEUPB is asking stakeholders to register their interest in specific themes and investment areas by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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