June 13, 2008

Conference on Irish and European cross-border cooperation

Attending the conference were (from left to right) Martín Guillermo Ramirez, Secretary General of the Association of Border Regions, Áine Lawlor, RTÉ, Dermot Ahern TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and Pat Colgan, Chief Executive, Special EU Programmes Body.

130 people from 11 countries attended the Centre’s conference – ‘Cross-Border Cooperation as part of the Northern Irish peace process: Some Lessons for Europe’ , which took place in Dundalk on 12-13 June (the polling and counting days in the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty). The conference was opened by the Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern TD, and the first day featured keynote speakers from the Association of European Border Regions, the Special EU Programmes Body, Invest Northern Ireland, Mission Opérationelle Transfrontalière (Paris), BUSINESS EUROPE (Brussels) and the Gronau-Enschede EUREGIO (German-Dutch border region).

The second day was opened by Dr Ronald Hall, Director in the European Commission’s DG Regional Policy and Head of its Northern Ireland Task Force. He was followed by workshop sessions on cross-border cooperation in government, trade and business, health, and the community and voluntary sectors in Ireland. There was also an innovative electronic voting exercise at the end of each workshop, which allowed delegates to give their opinions on the past achievements of and future challenges facing cross-border cooperation in Ireland. The delegates also voted on the Lisbon Treaty: 68 were in favour and 21 against.

Download a copy of the programme [791 kb] and the presentations.