What Europe Does For Me

The EU has launched the ‘What Europe Does for Me’ website, providing in a one-page, open-source format, over 400 notes on citizens and social groups and a further 1400 notes on EU regions and cities, to help provide information on how the EU’s work impacts our lives at a personal and local level.

What EU has done for Northern Ireland

NI is a region of the United Kingdom, currently a Member State (until March 2019)
 Picture of the Peace Bridge in Derry-LondonderryPeace Bridge in Derry-Londonderry | © akino84 | Fotolia

With a population of approximately 1.8 million people, Northern Ireland is the only part of the
UK to share a land boundary with another EU country.
One of the least wealthy UK regions, its economy has been dependent on industries such as food,
construction and engineering. The Good Friday Agreement (1998) involving the UK and Irish
governments and most of the region’s political parties, is recognised as having made a
significant contribution to the peace process.

Examples of projects and initiatives supported by the EU

The EU has provided extensive support to promote peace and

This includes three EU PEACE programmes
from 1995 and 2013, involving EU funding of £1.3 billion and the
Peace IV Programme (2014-2020), with a value of £237 million.

The INTERREG VA Programme (2014-2020) covers Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and western Scotland
and is offering £248 million for projects on cross-border research and innovation
development, the environment, sustainable transport, health and social care.

Peace Bridge project, which received £14.7 million from the PEACE III programme,
saw the construction of a foot and cycle bridge connecting the mainly Catholic city side of
Derry-Londonderry with the predominantly Protestant Ebrington area. It opened in 2011.

Teaching Divided Histories:

This three-year PEACE III project, with funding of £0.47 million, introduced new
curriculum-linked approaches to the study of conflict into schools across Northern Ireland.

Bringing together post-primary teachers from across Northern Ireland
and the Border Region of Ireland, the project developed a range of education programmes to
enable young people to explore common experiences of conflict and peace building.

Northern Ireland Task Force (NITF)
was set up in 2007 by the European Commission to help the region benefit more
from EU policies.

report on the NITF was published in 2014 and in January 2016, the
Commission announced its continuation.

Further information:

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