The Regional Assembly enhances the region’s competitiveness by managing the Border, Midland and Western (BMW) Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020.
This is a €320 million fund that is funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Irish Exchequer and reflects the European Union’s Europe 2020 goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Investment in the Northern and Western Region is concentrated on research and innovation, information and communication technologies (ICT), small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and promoting a low-carbon economy.
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BMW Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions.
Schemes approved under Priority 3 of the BMW Regional Operational Plan seek to promote entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators.
The Sustainable Urban Development priority objectives include increasing the number of integrated growth centre strategies implemented and supporting low carbon sustainable, multi-modal urban mobility in designated urban centres.
Global economic conditions and national trends in population and employment changes are impacting our regions and communities in different ways. For the first time, Ireland will have integrated and aligned Planning Policy from local, to regional, to national.