Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation
Enterprise Support Services
Question 104: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the person who makes the decisions on applications made to the EU globalisation fund for starting an enterprise which are processed through the county or city enterprise board; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4173/11]
Approval of grant applications made to the European Globalisation Fund facilities for assistance for business start ups are processed in accordance with the eligibility criteria laid down in respect of the EGF facilities that are operated by the County and City Enterprise Boards.
Applications are processed by the staff of the CEB and are then considered by an EGF Evaluation Committee - as distinct from the standard CEB Evaluation Committee -which subsequently makes a recommendation to the Board for final decision. The CEBs are operating three separate EGF facilities i.e. Dell EGF, Waterford Crystal EGF and SR Technics EGF and each EGF facility has its own Evaluation Committee. Each Evaluation Committee is comprised of 8 members who are drawn from a range of appropriate local representative groupings such as the participating CEBs, the Banking Sector the relevant Local Authorities, Enterprise Ireland etc.