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Structural Funds assistance for Ireland and Northern Ireland

Ireland and Northern Ireland will receive ECU 173.9 million from two Community initiatives, namely INTERREG and URBAN.

ECU 157 million will be made available within the framework of INTERREG for Ireland and Northern Ireland. Another ECU 16.9 million will be distributed within...
Ireland and Northern Ireland will receive ECU 173.9 million from two Community initiatives, namely INTERREG and URBAN.

ECU 157 million will be made available within the framework of INTERREG for Ireland and Northern Ireland. Another ECU 16.9 million will be distributed within an operational programme to implement the URBAN Community Initiative in Northern Ireland. The amount will be given in addition to the ECU 300 million aid through the EU's Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the border counties.

The INTERREG II programme is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund, Guidance Section (EAGGF) and the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG). The total cost of the programme is ECU 262 million, to which the Structural Funds and the FIFG are contributing ECU 157 million.

The principal objectives of the programme are to promote the creation and development of networks of cross-border cooperation and to assist the eligible areas to overcome the special development problems arising from its relative isolation within the national economies and within the EU as a whole.

Under the URBAN programme for Belfast and Londonderry, total expenditure will amount to ECU 24.5 million, of which ECU 8.1 million will be provided by the ERDF and ECU 8.8 million by the ESF.

A sub-programme for Belfast has two components: the Greater Shankill Project and the Upper Springfield Project which will provide training and employment preparation for the disadvantaged groups in the regions.

The target group of the Greater Shankill Project will be parents. The Londonderry sub-programme (ERDF: ECU 4.2 million; ESF: ECU 1.4 million) is intended to benefit principally two distinct and particularly disadvantaged communities, the Creggan and the Fountain, together with the intervening and adjacent Bishop Street and Brandywell areas. The aim is to use an integrated approach to tackle the economic, social and environmental problems of these deprived urban areas.
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