The Centre’s INICCO-2 (Ireland/Northern Ireland Cross-border Cooperation Observatory) programme of research, training and information projects (2013-2015), funded by the EU INTERREG IVA programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, came into operation on 1st February.
The programme comprises eight projects: the ‘Towards a Border Development Zone’ economic research project; three CroSPlaN-2 projects led by the International Centre for Local and Regional Development – research into cross-border shared services; phase 2 of ICLRD’s executive training and animation programme with cross-border local authority groups; and evidence-based planning (particularly an updated all-island digital atlas and deprivation index); budget and evaluation toolkits for cross-border cooperation; training and mentoring in cross-border impact assessment; mapping acute health specialities on the island; and phase 3 of the Border People cross-border citizens mobility information service.
For further information about these projects see RESEARCH.
Notes to Editors’
- The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Department of Finance in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU structural funds Programmes PEACE III and INTERREG IV designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society. The Programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.
- The INTERREG IVA Programme, funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is worth €256 million and aims to address the economic and social problems which result from the existence of borders. It has two distinct priority measures to create co-operation for a more prosperous and sustainable cross-border region.
- For more information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu