EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation 2014-2020 – ongoing

 

 

EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation 2014-2020 (Peace IV)

Period:
2014-2020
Budget: EUR 333 million
Legal basis: Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 of 11 July 2006 laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1260/1999
Link: here

The EU Programme for Peace & Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland is a unique programme under the Structural Funds aiming at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promoting reconciliation in the region. It is included under the European Territorial Co-operative Objective funded by ERDF.

Currently being drafted, any future PEACE funding would come from European Union Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 programmes. The Cohesion Policy is linked to the broader context of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Proposals at the November 2012 European Council—although not agreed—included €150 million EU funds for PEACE IV. The UK expects this proposal to remain on the table. The UK would be prepared to consider top-slicing its overall allocation for Territorial Cooperation in order to secure the additional €50 million EU funds likely to be required to ensure the viability of a PEACE IV Programme.

Objectives

  • Reconciling communities (e.g. building positive relations at the local level)
  • Contributing to a shared society (e.g. creating shared public spaces)

Supported activities

  • Promoting a participative bottom up approach (the priority will seek supporting the active role of people, communities and voluntary organisations in decision making which directly affects them)
  • Promote activities on a regional level and/or cross-border basis: actions to ensure the active involvement of women, youth or other identified groups in strategic actions that contribute to programme objectives.
  • Providing funding for new shared public spaces and helping address the issues of physical segregation.
  • Developing new and innovative approaches for changing the physical environment in a way which maximises potential for reconciliation and economic development.

Implementation

The programme’s management is decentralised; the Managing Authority of the programme is a Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

The EU Special Support Programme for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland

Any new PEACE programme should focus on a number of priority areas including:

  • Rural sectarian interfaces..
  • Meeting clearly identified community needs.
  • Legacies and acknowledgements of conflict.
  • Support for victims and survivors
  • Small grants programme including additional support on issues such as networking and sharing.
  • Small innovative projects.
  • Women.
  • Youth (particularly young men).
  • Education (including shared education, civic education, education programmes for schools).
  • Class issues.
  • Employment.
  • Intergenerational work.
  • Storytelling and expressions of history.
  • Disability projects.
  • Young men (with a learning disability).
  • Low impact geographical areas (‘invisible barriers etc’).
  • Volunteering.
  • Threat of dissidents.
  • Paramilitaries and ex-combatants.
  • Leadership in loyalist areas.
  • Inter and intra community tensions.
  • Racism

Eligibility

Eligible region: Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland (the Border Region comprises counties Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal).

Comments

* The Programme is one of three Operational Programmes in Northern Ireland (including the Territorial Objective Programme) and one of four Operational Programmes in Ireland (including the Territorial Objective Programme).

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