The Border People project is part-financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Department of Finance in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU structural funds Programmes PEACE III and INTERREG IV designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society. The Programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.
The INTERREG IVA Programme, funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is worth €256 million and aims to address the economic and social problems which result from the existence of borders. It has two distinct priority measures to create co-operation for a more prosperous and sustainable cross-border region.
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Behind the scenes four organisations are committed partners:
- Centre for Cross Border Studies – www.crossborder.ie
The Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS), based in Armagh and Dublin, researches and develops cooperation across the Irish border in a wide range of practical areas, notably education, health, the economy, ICT and citizens information, and works with similar cross-border regional research bodies in other parts of Europe.
- North South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat – www.northsouthministerialcouncil.org
The North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) was established under the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement (1998), to develop consultation, co-operation and action within the island of Ireland – including through implementation on an all-island and cross-border basis – on matters of mutual interest and within the competence of the Administrations, North and South. The NSMC, therefore, comprises Ministers of the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Government, working together to take forward co-operation between both parts of the island to mutual benefit.
- Citizens Information Board (Ireland) – www.citizensinformationboard.ie
The Citizens Information Board is the national agency responsible for supporting the provision of information, advice and advocacy on social services and for the provision of the Money Advice and Budgeting Service.
- Citizens Advice Bureau (Northern Ireland) – www.citizensadvice.co.uk
Citizens Advice is the largest advice charity in Northern Ireland, working against poverty and meeting the information and advice needs of some 84,400 people per year in bureaux and over 180,000 people via online information.
The partners are advised and guided by representatives from the NI Social Security Agency, the EU International Section of the Department of Social Protection and EURES Cross Border Partnership.