PEACEPLUS is a new 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.
An Overview of the EU PEACEPLUS Programme can be found here. This document presents an Overview of the Themes and Investment Areas that have been approved by the NI Executive, Irish Government and North South Ministerial Council. This is not yet approved by the European Commission and is therefore subject to change. The Overview is intended to provide information to potential applicants to enable project development to continue. Further detailed guidance will be made available following Commission approval.
Development of the Programme
Stakeholder Engagement 2019
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 here.
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 here.
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.
- PEACE PLUS Consultation Information Document
- PEACE PLUS Consultation Information Document (Irish Version)
- PEACE PLUS 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 or Text: 07841 367052.
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.
CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS – Investment Area 3.2 Peace Youth Programme
Prior to any funding call to PEACEPLUS being opened, the SEUPB co-ordinated an online pre-development support workshop on 10 December targeted specifically at organisations who work with marginalised, disadvantaged, or excluded young people aged 14-24 years, who have deep social and emotional needs and are at risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour, violence or dissident activity. This forms part of Investment Area 3.2 of the new EU PEACEPLUS Programme.
For more information on this workshop, including all relevant support materials please click here.
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.