European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme
Programme Monitoring Committee meeting at The Nomadic, Belfast
The Progamme Monitoring Committee recently had its Autumn meeting at The Nomadic, Belfast.
Pictured from left to right: Frank Duffy, Head of European Programmes DFP; Agnes Lindemans, Head of Unit for Regional Operations in the UK and Ireland, European Commission; Wesley Aston, Ulster Farmers Union; Stephen Langley, UK and Ireland Programme Manager on EU Policies, European Commission; Richard Millen, Queens University; Maeve Hamilton, Head of Programme Managing Authority for ERDF ; Paul Brush, Head of European Support Unit for ERDF.
Following the PMC Meeting, members were given a short tour of the SS Nomadic which received a £40k grant for the production of an Interpretive Plan for the SS Nomadic and Hamilton Dock. The successful application to the Northern Ireland Tourist Board's Tourism Innovation Fund was part funded by the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme.
The restoration of the Nomadic also received £2m of funding through the European Union's PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
The Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre
The new visitor centre at the Giant's Causeway recently celebrated it's first birthday. Since it's opening last year the centre has been nominated for several important architectural awards and has seen over 800,000 visitors pass through it's doors. You can read more about the centre and how it benefited from ERDF funds here.
2014-2020 ERDF Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme
A consultation has been launched by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment seeking views on the activities proposed for inclusion in the 2014-2020 ERDF Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme for Northern Ireland. The proposed activities focus on strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation; enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs and supporting the shift towards a Low-Carbon Economy.
The consultation is open until 21 October 2013 and more details can be found here
Celebrating Europe Day at Invest NI
(is Nicola Barker, Deirdre Convery, Tracy McAvoy, Cheryl Wallace, Damian McAuley, Lisa Gargan, Paul Gunn, Carol Graham and Conor McComb from Invest NI and Ian Kitchen, Ian Morrison, Paula Coulter, Tim Weir, Paul Liddy, Damien Ryan and Samantha Calwell from the Managing Authority)
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) is designated as Managing Authority for the Competitiveness Programme. The funding is delivered through three main spending Priorities:
- Sustainable Competitiveness and Innovation;
- Sustainable Enterprise and Entrepreneurship;
- Improving Accessibility and Protecting and Enhancing the Environment;
In addition, a small percentage of the overall allocation is set aside for programme management, verification, evaluation and publicity activities.
Northern Ireland will host the opening stages of the Giro d’Italia in 2014. Read Full Story >
Also in this issue:
- Success Through Competitiveness
- Update from the Programme Managing Authority
- Changes to the Value of the Programme
- Results - ERDF helps Northern Ireland Businesses go Global!
- Did you know...no.1
- 2013 - European year of Citizens
- Did you know...no.2
- Invest NI Issue New EU Funding Guide
- Did you know...no.3
- On a road near you? Giro d'Italia to start in Northern Ireland!
- Boosting Job creation through ERDF Funding
- Balmoral Show 2013
- Did you know...no.4
- Awards...Success for ERDF Funded Companies
- Did you know...no.5
- Europe Day 2013
- Northern Ireland - the new Hollywood?
- Closure of the 2007-2013 Structural Funds
- 2014-2020 European Regional Development Programme
- New Publicity Stands