Ireland Wales 2014-20 Latest

The draft Ireland Wales Cooperation Programme 2014-20 was submitted on 22 September to the European Commission for formal negotiation. 

The Cooperation Programme is a planning document which will show how the funding will be invested in the region through priorities based on social, economic and environmental analyses of the needs and opportunities of the region, and eligible areas of activity in line with European Commission and Council Regulations.

In line with the Europe 2020 strategy for sustainable jobs and growth, the Programme will have a stronger strategic focus. Funding will be concentrated on a limited number of shared priorities, where the greatest added value can be obtained through cooperation. The Programme will have a strong focus on the Irish Sea and will be structured around three Priority Axes:

  • R&D and Innovation
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Utilisation of Cultural and Natural Resources and Heritage

A number of consultation events were held over the last two years, including a joint workshop in Dublin earlier this year. A public consultation was held between June and July 2014 to seek the views of partners and stakeholders from both regions on the Programme’s investment priorities. The consultation document consisted of the draft programme strategy and priorities which will form the backbone of the final Cooperation Programme. 

For the 2014-2020 funding period, the Programme will be led by the Welsh Government, with WEFO taking on the role of Managing Authority. The Joint Secretariat will be based in the Carmarthen office reporting to the Managing Authority in Merthyr Tydfil with Operations Officers based in locations in Ireland and Wales to provide geographical coverage of the eligible Programme area.

Click here for further information on the Ireland Wales Cooperation Programme 2014-20.