PEACEPLUS is a new European Union funding programme designed to support peace and prosperity across Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland, building upon the work of the previous PEACE and INTERREG Programmes. The design reflects the importance of peace-building activity, but also the importance of actions that will contribute positively to the economy, building prosperity and adjusting to the new environment and challenges we face.
It is due to be launched in the next few months, and you can read more about it in the newly-updated PEACEPLUS Programme overview here.
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The Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) is responsible for managing PEACEPLUS and is working on the content and timing of the funding calls across the six key themes of the Programme.
In July 2022, the European Commission formally adopted the €1.1 billion Programme which represents a strong partnership between the EU, the Governments of the United Kingdom and Ireland and the Northern Ireland Executive, all of whom have supported and approved its development. The next step is the finalisation and ratification of the arrangements between the United Kingdom and the European Commission, which is anticipated in the Autumn, and will see the launch of the Programme and funding calls opened.
Prior to any funding call to PEACEPLUS being opened, the SEUPB will coordinate a pre-application support workshop. Please see below details of the past and upcoming workshops. Click on the link to view the pre-application support documentation including; Concept Note Templates, workshop recording, presentation slides and FAQs.
- PRE-APPLICATION SUPPORT - Investment Area 1.3 Building Positive Relations - Wednesday 28 September 2022 - morning
- PRE-APPLICATION SUPPORT - Investment Area 5.5 Geothermal Energy Demonstration - Wednesday 28 September 2022 - afternoon
- PRE-APPLICATION SUPPORT – Investment Area 1.4 Reimaging Communities - Held on 8 July 2022
- PRE-APPLICATION SUPPORT – Investment Area 3.2 Peace Youth Programme - Held on 10 December 2021
Development of the Programme
Stakeholder Engagement 2019 & Public Consultation 2021
The content of the PEACEPLUS Programme was designed following a comprehensive cross-border stakeholder engagement process, in early 2020 that included 16 different consultation events, with over 1,000 people in attendance. Over 300 survey responses were submitted. A full report of the survey’s findings can be found below.
A public consultation for the new programme started on Wednesday 10 March 2021 and closed at 5pm on Wednesday 12 May 2021. To help us gather your views, the SEUPB used an online survey which was developed using survey development software called Survey Monkey. A copy of the 'Summary of Consultation Responses' Report for this online survey is available below.
Public Consultation - 2021
The purpose of the public consultation was to provide citizens, and other key stakeholders, with an opportunity to share their views on the content and administrative arrangements of the PEACEPLUS Programme, findings from the Equality Screening exercise and the Strategic Environmental Assessment.
The PEACEPLUS Consultation Information Document, which gives full details of the draft content of the new programme is also available below.
- PEACEPLUS Consultation Information Document
- PEACEPLUS Consultation Information Document (Irish Version)
- PEACEPLUS Consultation Information Document (Easy-read version)
An infographic illustrating the main themes of the PEACEPLUS Programme as well as an overview of the development and consultation process is available below.
An animated video giving an overview of the draft content of the PEACEPLUS Programme (2021-2027) is also available below.
Documentation relating to this consultation can be requested in other languages and accessible formats such as MS Word, easy-read, large print, audio-CD and braille by emailing: PEACEPLUS@seupb.eu
Additional Consultation Documentation
A number of assessments were also carried out to ensure that the PEACE and INTERREG draft Cooperation Programmes met statutory and regulatory requirements. These included:
A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) - to assess the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment. These SEA documents are available below:
- PEACEPLUS Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Non-technical Summary
- PEACEPLUS Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Report
In accordance with Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act (1998), the SEUPB is required to have due regard to promote equality of opportunity and good relations.
PEACEPLUS NAVIGATION PAPERS
We have also created the following sectoral-based PEACEPLUS Consultation Navigation Papers and Presentations which relate to different aspects of the Programme.