EU Funding Programmes (2007-2013)

This presentation reflects the second session in a series of workshops for local authorities on 'EU Community Programmes and Transnational Projects' delivered by the Irish Regions Office, Brussels in Dublin, Clonmel, Athlone and Ennis during October 2009.

It outlines the key aspects of the range of direct funding programmes from the EU (mainly 'Community Action Funds') which may be of potential interest to local and regional authorities as well as instancing some examples of their recent and ongoing involvement in projects in each field.

Additionally, beyond funding, details are carried on a series of current European initiatives of relevance to these levels of governance (economic development  schemes, loan facilities, award designations, consultation on emerging legislation etc.).


The programmes listed have been tiered in order of their likely relevance:

1st Tier:


Interreg 4A Ireland-Northern Ireland-Scotland

Interreg 4A Ireland-Wales

Interreg 4B North West Europe

Interreg 4B Atlantic Area

Interreg 4B Northern Periphery

Interreg 4C

Urbact (urban development)

Life+ (environment)

Intelligent Energy Europe

ELENA (local energy assistance)

Information & Communications Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT-PSP)

ISA (e-government interoperability )

Seventh Framework Programme for Research & Development

Civitas Plus (sustainable transport)

Concerto (community energy systems)

Regions of Knowledge ('triple helix' knowledge clusters)

Europe for Citizens

Culture 2007

Leonardo da Vinci (vocational ducation & training)

Grundtvig (adult education)

Youth in Action

Sport (preparatory action)

2nd Tier:

Integration Fund

European Refugee Fund

PROGRESS (employment, social protection, anti-discrimination)

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Programme (incl. Eco-Innovation)

Media (audio-visual industry)

Marco Polo (freight)

Community Action in the Field of Health

Solidarity Fund (disaster maangement)

Civil Protection Financial Instrument

3rd Tier:

Daphne III (combatting violence against women and children)

Drugs prevention & information

Fundamental Rights & Citizenship

External Cooperation Programmes:

Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) (enlargement countries)

European Neighbourhood & Partnership Instrument (ENPI)

Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) - Civil Society and Local Authorities Programme


We are also in the process of undertaking a compendium of Irish local authority involvement in EU funding projects.