Finance Minister, Conor Murphy has welcomed the European Commission’s adoption of the cross-border peace and reconciliation programme – Peace Plus.
The new £1 billion programme will be delivered by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). PEACE PLUS was previously agreed by the Executive, the Irish Government and North South Ministerial Council, it is the biggest PEACE programme to date and is funded by the UK Government and the EU with match funding from the Executive and Irish Government.
Commenting, Minister Murphy said: “It is very welcome news that the PEACE PLUS programme has been adopted by the European Commission. This £1 billion funding will be welcomed particularly by those in Border communities and those impacted most adversely by chronic economic and social deprivation. It will build upon the success of previous PEACE programmes and provide much needed support for essential social, economic, cultural and environmental activities while also providing significant infrastructure investment.
“I’m hopeful that the British and Irish governments will soon conclude final administrative arrangements with the European Commission to allow this programme to open as soon as possible.”