Written answers

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Department of Agriculture, Marine and Food

EU Funding

9:00 pm

Photo of Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan (Dublin North East, Labour)
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Question 564: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will report on the INTERREG Atlantic area programme; if he is supporting any projects applying for funding to the programme including the development of the marine economy and seafood projects in Howth, Dublin 13; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9404/12]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The INTERREG-IV Managing Authority is based in Oporto, Portugal, Ireland is represented by the BMW Regional Assembly. The programme is implemented through competitive calls for co-operative and co-funded projects involving participants from 3 or more eligible Member States in four strategic priorities:

1. trans-national networks of entrepreneurship and innovation;

2. protection and enhancement of marine and coastal environment;

3. accessibility and internal links,

4. urban and regional sustainable development.

My Department has no direct involvement in the INTERREG – IV Programme. A full breakdown of expenditure, including allocations to Ireland across the four strategic sectors, can be obtained from the BMW Regional Authority.

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