Border, Midland and West Region (BMW)
The current round of EU Structural and Cohesion funding covers the period 2007-2013. Under article 6 of the General Regulation (EC) 1083/2006, regions not covered by the Convergence Objective are eligible for assistance under the Competitiveness and Employment Objective. This includes the BMW NUTS II region which qualifies as a phasing-in under the transitional arrangements as a previous Objective 1 region which now has a per capita GDP above 75% of the EU25 average. It is expected that the BMW Region will receive c. €458 million in total structural funding over the period, of which 50% (c. €229 million) will be from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The Irish Government, as set out in the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) 2007-2013 has decided that Ireland's Structural Fund allocations 2007-2013 are to be delivered through two Regional Operational Programmes (one respectively for the Border Midland & Western and Southern & Eastern Regions and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund) and one National Investment Programme (Human Capital Investment programme and co-financed by the European Social Fund).
Given the agreed objectives of Cohesion policy, Structural Funds will be concentrated on implementing community policies, namely the renewed Lisbon Agenda and the Gothenburg Declaration. The specific focus will be on innovation and the knowledge economy, environment and risk minimisation, accessibility to services of general interest (e.g. broadband, transport infrastructure), increasing adaptability of workers and enterprises, enhancing access to employment, and social inclusion measures. This OP is designed to set out a development strategy, including a coherent set of priorities to meet the strategic objectives that have been set for the Regional OP.
For further information on the Border, Midland & Western Regional Operational Programme 2007-2013 see: