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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

European Fund for Strategic Infrastructure

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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305. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the potential investment projects his Department put forward to the Department of Finance task force report for the European Fund for Strategic Investments. [4860/17]

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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In 2014, my Department  contributed projects for inclusion in Ireland's project list as submitted to the “EIB-Commission-Member State "Special Task Force on developing an investment project pipeline in the EU". The possible projects and project areas that were outlined at that time included:

- An Agri-Food Loan Fund

- Afforestation and the creation of woodland

- Capital projects in Fishery Harbours

- Marine Research and Infrastructure Initiative, the Irish Digital Ocean.

This was in advance of the launch of the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), which is now available to provide loans and guarantees for strategic investments, and is managed by the European Investment Bank (EIB).


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