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23. 01.08:

Second Call under Northern Periphery Programme

The second call for proposals under the new Interreg IV programme for the Northern Periphery (NP) opened on 16 January 2008.

The NP programme aims to address the specific challenges associated with northern, peripheral regions such as sparse population and rurality, with a special focus on innovation, the environment, accessibility and rural-urban links. For the period 2007-13, Ireland benefits from an expansion of the programme area, which now includes counties Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Limerick, Cork and Kerry. Proposals for funding should address the two priorities of the programme: promoting innovation and competitiveness in remote and peripheral areas and sustainable development of natural and community resources. No specific budget has been allocated for this second call, but between 2007-13 the Programme will commit around EUR45 million. After the first call, in which 12 projects were approved, 32.5% of these funds have been allocated. The deadline for applications is 7 March 2008. Further details at: or contact Michael O'Brien, BMW Regional Assembly (Contact Point Ireland), tel: 094 9862970, e-mail:

08. 01.08:

Second call under North West Europe programme

The second call for proposals under the INTERREG lVB North West Europe (NWE) Programme will open on 7 April 2008 with a closing date of 9 May 2008.

The programme, which was approved on 26th September 2007, aims to support transnational cooperation projects in the NWE area that contribute to sustainable regional development. Five priorities for transnational project activities have been identified: more attractive metropolitan areas; sustainable mobility management; land use and water systems; stronger ecological infrastructure with reduced ecological footprint; and promoting co-operation between sea and inland ports. Despite the general strength of the NWE area, it has some particular problems such as regional disparities, poor quality in urban areas, social exclusion and environmental pressures that threaten its competitiveness and attractiveness.

A total budget of EUR353m is available, with EU cofinancing of up to 50%. This eligible area covers all of Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Luxembourg, and parts of the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland. Further details at: or from the INTERREG NWE Liaison Officer, Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly, tel: + 353 (0)51 860711, e-mail:

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