The SEUPB was also responsible for the delivery of the previous PEACE III and INTERREG IVA Programmes from 2007-2013. Both Programmes are now completed but made a tangible impact in terms of peace and reconciliation as well as building a more prosperous and sustainable region.
PEACE III Programme (2007-2013)
The €333m PEACE III Programme carried forward many of the key aspects of the PEACE I (1995-1999) and PEACE II (2000-2006) Programmes, but with a renewed emphasis on reconciliation. To find out more about PEACE III download a copy of its Operational Programme document here.
The eligible area for PEACE III included Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland (comprising of Counties Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal).
PEACE III – A new approach
A new strategic approach to achieve maximum impact from the funding available from the PEACE III Programme was developed. Local Councils in Northern Ireland formed themselves into eight clusters and played a more strategic part in the delivery of the Programme. The six County Councils in the Border Region of Ireland had the same role. Working in partnership with communities, they developed local ‘Peace and Reconciliation Action Plans’. This approach will continue into the new programming period (for 2014-2020) with local authorities in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.
INTERREG IVA Programme (2007-2013)
The €256m INTERREG IVA Programme was designed to help address the economic and social problems which result from the existence of borders. It supported strategic cross-border co-operation to help create a more prosperous and sustainable region. INTERREG IVA continued on with previous Programmes focus on Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland however, for the 2007-2013 programming period, also included Western Scotland.
To find out more about INTERREG IVA download a copy of its Operational Programme document here.