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How is the funding making a difference?

PEACE Programme (1995-2020)

The PEACE Programme is unique across Europe. It was created in 1995 as the direct result of the European Union's desire to support the early ceasefires towards the end of the conflict. Since then it has supported tens of thousands of projects which have reinforced progress towards a more  peaceful and stable society.

To date the Programme has committed approximately €2.26 billion worth of funding to Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. This funding has been used to promote social and economic stability in the region by assisting actions which promote cohesion between divided communities.

The PEACE Programmes have evolved over each programming period and several hundred thousand people have participated in cross-border activities including development of border region SMEs and social economy enterprises; community-based organisations leading projects on reconciliation and cultural understanding; as well as cross-border projects focusing on skills learning and training.

Click here to access a number of case studies which tell the story of how PEACE funding is helping to promote peace and stability.

 

Evaluation Plan for the PEACE IV Programme

The PEACE IV Programme is subject to assessment to help evaluate the achievement of its objectives.

The Evaluation Plan for the PEACE IV Programme has been drawn up in accordance with Articles 56 and 114 of the Common Provisions Regulation (EU) 1303/2013 and has taken account of the guidance provided by the Commission Services in the ‘Guidance Document on Monitoring and Evaluation’. 

The Evaluation Plan sets out the proposed methods for effectively assessing how the support provided has contributed to the achievement of the objectives of the Programme, facilitated learning and maximized the impact of proposed investments.  

The Evaluation Plan was approved on 7 November 2016 by the Evaluation Steering Group which is a sub-group of the PEACE IV Programme Monitoring Committee and submitted to the EU Commission on 23 November 2016.

Click here to access a copy of the plan.

INTERREG Programme (1991-2020)

The INTERREG Programme is one of 60 similar funding programmes across Europe that have been designed to help overcome the problems that arise from the existence of a border. These problems range from access to transport, health and social care services, environmental issues and enterprise development.

Since 1991 the INTERREG Programme has brought in approximately €1.13 billion into the region. This funding has been used to finance thousands of projects that support strategic cross-border co-operation in order to create a more prosperous and sustainable region.

The eligible area for the INTERREG IIIA Programme was Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland and in excess of a hundred thousand people have benefited from jobs created or safeguarded throughout the Programme in areas such as business development, tourism, and rural business assistance, cross-border business clusters as well as those created by participation in skills training, re-skilling programmes and sectoral initiatives such as cross-border healthcare.

Under the last programming period the eligible area of the Programme was expanded to include Western Scotland. This will continue into the INTERREG VA Programme for 2014-2020.

To learn more about how the INTERREG Programme is helping to transform the lives of tens of thousands of people click here.

 

Evaluation Plan for the INTERREG VA Programme

The INTERREG VA Programme is also subject to assessment to help evaluate the achievement of its objectives.

The Evaluation Plan for the INTERREG VA Programme has been drawn up in accordance with Articles 56 and 114 of the Common Provisions Regulation (EU) 1303/2013 and has taken account of the guidance provided by the Commission Services in the ‘Guidance Document on Monitoring and Evaluation’. 

The Evaluation Plan sets out the proposed methods for effectively assessing how the support provided has contributed to the achievement of the objectives of the Programme, facilitated learning and maximized the impact of proposed investments.  

The Evaluation Plan was approved on 1 June 2016 by the Evaluation Steering Group which is a sub-group of the INTERREG VA Programme Monitoring Committee and submitted to the EU Commission on 13 June 2013.

Click here to access a copy of the plan.

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