Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

6th January 2020

 

Breathnach encourages public to make submissions for new EU programme worth €600 million

 

-There is €600 million available in the EU’s Peace Plus programme –
Louth TD and Fianna Fáíl Spokesperson on Cross border co-operation Declan Breathnach has encouraged members of the public to make submissions to a new EU Programme which will be worth €600 million to the border region. The new PEACE Plus Programme 2021-2027 replaces the previous PEACE and INTERREG Programmes. Breathnach had previously questioned the Taoiseach on whether these programmes has been threatened by Brexit.

 

Speaking in the Dáil in November, Breathnach asked “What discussions have the Taoiseach and the Department of Finance had with EU officials in respect of cross-Border projects post 2020 in order to ensure that PEACE, INTERREG and other trans-territorial programmes will be available in a post-Brexit scenario?”

 

The Taoiseach responded by saying “It has been agreed in principle that there will be a new programme called PEACE PLUS, which will replace the PEACE programmes which preceded it. There will still be funding for Border projects and projects in Northern Ireland.”

 

Breathnach encouraged submissions saying “Submissions to the programme can be on any topic that can improve the lives of people on both sides of the border including the environment, mobile and IT connectivity, employment opportunities or improved transport links etc. I’d encourage everyone to make a submission by the February 25th deadline.”

 

Information on submissions can be found at www.seupb.eu/peaceplus or by ringing 0044 (0)2890266660. A stakeholder engagement event is being held on 6th February Ballymascanlon Hotel, Dundalk at 6pm.

 

 
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Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)
(T) 01 6183549 (Email) declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie