Latest on the Peace Plus Programme
Since the recent public consultation on the new PEACE PLUS Programme, many of you have contacted us looking for an update on where the programme is at, including how the new local partnership arrangements and peace plans will be developed, and when funding from the programme will hit the ground. On 8th July, NICVA Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey and Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Geoff Nuttall, met with the Special EU Programmes Body’s Director of Programmes Paul Beattie and Programme Manager, Declan McGarrigle for an update.
Over recent weeks, consultants engaged by the SEUPB have been meeting with the 17 Local Councils across the PEACE PLUS Programme area. This engagement will give the SEUPB an overview of how Councils propose to work with stakeholders in their development of the local peace partnerships.
Once established these plans will enable diverse partnerships to implement priority actions for their local areas and collectively address these in a manner which will make a significant and lasting contribution to peace and reconciliation. Actions within the localised plans will span the range of social, environmental and economic interventions included within the PEACE PLUS Programme.
We understand that the establishment of local partnership arrangements and the development of local peace plans is expected to commence in the autumn, depending on final agreements around the overall PEACE PLUS Programme.
As regard the process and timetable for the agreement and launch of the PeacePlus programme, we understand that the proposed programme will be submitted to the UK and Irish governments and once agreed by them, submitted to European Commission for its consideration and agreement.
NICVA and SEUPB agreed it would be valuable to hold further meetings over the coming months to review progress. We will continue to keep you informed on the latest developments.
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