May 2020 Newsletter

Covid-19: Impact on our region and towns 

While it is clear that the Covid-19 outbreak will have a significant impact on Ireland’s economy, the degree to which this impact will be felt across Ireland’s regions, counties, cities and towns remains to be seen.
On this basis, the three Regional Assemblies of Ireland have prepared a “COVID-19 Regional Economic Analysis” to identify which geographical areas in Ireland are more likely to be exposed to economic disruption caused by the necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Full Report can be found here

Join the NPA Covid-19 response group 

The Northern and Western Regional Assembly is National Contact Point for the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme in Ireland. When suddenly more or less all of Europe found itself on lockdown, a group of experts from the NPA programme area decided to work together to better understand what can be done in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The NPA COVID-19 response group is an informal group of experts who have participated in, or led an NPP or NPA ehealth project. 

For more information please see here  

Europe: Supporting all of its member states and regions 

The European Commission has put forward a number of proposals to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on EU territories. The European Parliament has been supportive overall of the Commission’s proposals. It triggered urgent procedures in order to approve them swiftly so that EU citizens could benefit quickly from their positive impact. Actions under various EU funds and policy instruments are now geared towards health-related purposes and the reigniting of the economy. The Northern and Western Regional Assembly has been engaged with these discussions on the use of European Regional Development Funds supporting the health response but also stimulating the regional economy in recovery. For a full update please click here 

Innovative Research 

The Northern and Western Regional Assembly is involved with networks regionally, nationally and internationally exploring innovative practices. We try to take these learnings for our Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy but also accelerate knowledge transfer with our own stakeholders. 

For our May newsletter we want to focus on just two:  

Investing in Renewable Energies for Agriculture is one project. 

Find out more about Spain’s largest Floating Photovoltaic Plant

Or how about how we are measuring blue growth for the key marine sectors and developing methods to assess the pressures on the environment from each of the key marine sectors.

View some of the Moses Project Maps Here