EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation 2014-2020 (Peace IV)
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
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.
- Reconciling communities (e.g. building positive relations at the local level)
- Contributing to a shared society (e.g. creating shared public spaces)
- 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.
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.
- Youth (particularly young men).
- Education (including shared education, civic education, education programmes for schools).
- Class issues.
- Intergenerational work.
- Storytelling and expressions of history.
- Disability projects.
- Young men (with a learning disability).
- Low impact geographical areas (‘invisible barriers etc’).
- Threat of dissidents.
- Paramilitaries and ex-combatants.
- Leadership in loyalist areas.
- Inter and intra community tensions.
Eligible region: Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland (the Border Region comprises counties Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal).
* 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).