June 12, 2008

Cross-Border Cooperation as part of the Northern Irish Peace Process: Some Lessons for Europe

12-13 June 2008
Crown Plaza Hotel in Dundalk

This conference in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Dundalk invited participants (from both Ireland and continental Europe) to discuss the above topic under a number of thematic headings. Its main aim was to disseminate some of the good learning from North-South cooperation in Ireland – notably EU-funded cross-border projects – to a wider European audience. The conference was opened by the Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr Dermot Ahern TD.

PROGRAMME

Thursday

Chair: Ms Áine Lawlor, Presenter, RTE Morning Ireland

1.30pm
Registration
2.15pm
Cooperation in government and politics: Mr Dermot Ahern TD, Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform
2.30pm
Respondent: Mr Martín Guillermo Ramirez, Secretary General, Association of European Border Regions
2.50pm
The EU cross-border cooperation policy context: Mr Pat Colgan, Chief Executive, Special EU Programmes Body, Belfast [1.2mb]
3.05pm
Respondent: Ms Silvia Gobert-Keckeis, Assistant Director, Mission Opérationelle Transfrontalière, Paris [2.9mb]
3.25pm
Cooperation in trade and business: Mr Stephen Kingon CBE, Chairman, Invest Northern Ireland [0.1mb]
3.40pm
Respondent: Mr. Patrick Brière, Chair, Regional Policy Working Group of BUSINESSEUROPE, Brussels [0.2mb]
4.00pm
Refreshments
4.30pm
Cooperation in civil society: Mr. Brian Harvey, Dublin social researcher [0.9mb]
4.45pm
Respondent: Ms Linda Blom, Head of Department of Culture and Mobility, EUREGIO Gronau-Enschede (Germany-Netherlands) [1.9mb]
5.05pm
Cross-border cooperation in the Basque Country: Mr Gorka Espiau Idoiaga, Senior Advisor for Peacebuilding to the Basque Presidency [2.2mb]
5.20pm
Respondent: Ms Bairbre de Brún MEP, Sinn Féin spokesperson on equality and human rights
5.40pm
Concluding remarks: Ms Mary Bunting and Mr Tom Hanney, Joint Secretaries, North/South Ministerial Council
7.15pm
Reception, sponsored by the North/South Ministerial Council
8.00pm
Conference Dinner with after dinner speaker – Mr Frank McNally, Irish Times columnist

Friday

Chair: Mr Andy Pollak, Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies

9.00am
Register for electronic voting
9.15am
Opening remarks: Dr Ronald Hall, Director, DG Regional Policy B, Brussels, and Head of European Commission’s Northern Ireland Task Force [0.3mb]
9.30am
Workshop on cross-border cooperation in government: led by Professor Elizabeth Meehan, Queen’s University Belfast, and chaired by Ms Brid Rodgers, former Northern Ireland Minister for Agriculture
10.20am
Electronic voting run-through
10.35am
Workshop on cross-border cooperation in trade and business: led by Mr Aidan Gough, Strategy and Policy Director, InterTradeIreland, and chaired by Dr John Bradley, international economic consultant [0.3mb]
11.25am
Refreshments
11.55am
Workshop on cross-border cooperation in health: led by Dr Patricia Clarke, Research Manager, Centre for Cross Border Studies, and chaired by Dr Jane Wilde, Director, Institute of Public Health in Ireland [2.8mb]
12.45pm
Workshop on cross-border cooperation in community and voluntary sectors, with presentations by Ms Breege Lenihan, (Monaghan Community Network project with Regeneration of South Armagh and County Armagh Grand Orange Lodge); Mr George Newell (Ballymacarett Arts and Cultural Society PATCH Programme, Belfast and Drogheda), and Mr Paul Anderson, (Dergfinn Partnership, Donegal and Tyrone); chaired by Mr Tony Kennedy, Chief Executive, Cooperation Ireland [3.4mb]

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1.40pm
Lunch and conference close

These workshops will be short (50 minutes each) and consecutive. Each will contain an innovative electronic voting element, which will allow conference delegates to give their opinions on the past achievements of and future challenges facing cross-border cooperation in Ireland in government, trade and business, health, and the community sector.

This conference was organised  by the Centre for Cross Border Studies and Cooperation Ireland, with financial support from the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed by the Cross-Border Consortium (Co-operation Ireland, Border Action and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland).

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

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