What is the INTERREG VA Programme?
Borders can reduce economic development, hamper the efficient management of the environment, obstruct travel and hinder the delivery of essential health and social care services.
The €283m INTERREG VA Programme (2014-2020) is tackling these issues head-on in order to promote greater levels of economic, social and territorial cohesion across Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.
What does the INTERREG VA Programme fund?
The Programme has four key priority areas where it is making significant and lasting change. A Citizens’ Summary of the Programme can be found here
- Research & Innovation – to increase R&I capacity within two target sectors: ‘Health and Life Sciences’ and ‘Renewable Energy’; as well as help SMEs develop new products, processes and tradeable services. Larne more about this work here.
- Environment – to promote the recovery of protected habitats and priority species common to Northern Ireland, the border counties of Ireland and Western Scotland. Funding is also being used to improve the water quality in shared transitional waters and cross-border river basins. Learn more about this work here.
- Health & Social Care – to provide better access to quality health and social care services, particularly for citizens living in rural areas. Learn more about this work here.
- Sustainable Transport – to significantly reduce carbon emissions, as well as developing a unified transport infrastructure, encompassing Northern Ireland, the border counties of Ireland and Western Scotland. Learn more about this work here.
More information on the Programme can be found at www.seupb.eu