Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Agriculture, Marine and Food
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]
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.