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European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme

The countdown to the ‘Big Start’ of the Giro d’Italia is well underway and Northern Ireland is ready to go pink!

The epic race arrives in Northern Ireland 9 – 11 May with over 200 of the world’s elite cyclists ready to battle to win the Trofeo Senza Fine (Endless Trophy).

The link below gives you all the information you need to ensure that your Giro celebrations are as pink as the ‘Maglia Rosa’ – the race leaders jersey!



Belfast Welcome Centre Official Opening

The Belfast Welcome Centre officially opened its new premises at the former Northern Bank in Donegal Square North on 12th December 2013.  The Minister for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Arlene Foster, officially opened the new centre and is pictured here (right) with Colette Fitzgerald, Head of the EU Commission Office in Northern Ireland.  The Centre was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Click here to see news coverage of the opening.

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.