What are the B.M.W. and S&E Regions?
A key objective of the E.U. Structural Funds is to ensure balanced regional development both within regions and between regions. As part of an agreement between Ireland and the European Commission, for the purpose of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) 2007-2013 the county is divided into two regions. This division recognises the economic and social development needs of the regions and allocates specific funding to each region.
The Border, Midland and Western (B.M.W.) Region – Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath.
Southern & Eastern Region (S&E) – Limerick, Carlow, Clare, Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Meath, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow.
Two Regional Assemblies were established in 1999. Their role is to manage and monitor progress of the two Regional Operational Programmes.