Funding for the Environment through EU Cross-Border Cooperation Scheme

Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, welcomes significant funding to be allocated to the environment through the Interreg Programme.

Following detailed discussions with the UK and Ireland Member States, the European Commission has formally adopted a new Interreg cross-border co-operation programme for the Border Region of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Western Scotland for 2014-2020.  A significant element of the programme is directed towards the environment theme. 

Minister Durkan said, “I welcome this significant funding to be allocated to the Environment theme under the Interreg programme.  A total of €72million together with an additional €12.7million provided through national contributions will be available for collaborative environmental projects in the North, the border region of Ireland and Western Scotland.

“I believe this programme offers a significant opportunity to recover habitats and species of concern, achieve a more integrated approach to marine management and improve water quality across the region.  I would therefore encourage all interested parties to grasp this opportunity and to engage in the programme when the Special European Programmes Body (SEUPB) opens calls under the environment theme later in the year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those officials in my Department whose contribution to developing the environmental aspects of the programme helped to secure this significant funding.”

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