Planning for the next round of European Union-funded programmes started at the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly members’ workshop last month.
At a meeting in New Ross, the group representing the South East examined the proposed EU regulations and heard about the type of measures that could be included in the next regional programme.
For the next round of funding, the Commission is placing an emphasis on investment in research and innovation, competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, and measures that allow a shift towards a low-carbon economy. A percentage of the money must also be ring-fenced for investment in sustainable urban development.
Funding under the European Regional Development Fund has gone towards broadband infrastructure, investment in third-level institutes, improvement in drinking water quality and roads infrastructure in the South and East, and the City and County Enterprise Boards will continue to form a core part of any programme delivered in the region.
Kilkenny county councillor Tomas Breathnach, cathaoirleach of the South and East Regional Assembly who chaired the members’ workshop, welcomed the opportunity for the Regional Assembly to actively participate in the shaping of the future Regional Operational Programme.