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N.D.P & C.S.F.

To draw down E.U. Structural Funds, each Member State has to draw up and submit a plan setting out its investment priorities for the funding period. This plan, in Ireland’s case, the National Development Plan (N.D.P.) 2000-2006, formed the basis of negotiations between Ireland and the European Commission. The agreement resulted in a Community Support Framework (C.S.F.) document that included actions, objectives, targets, anticipated financial resources, and monitoring, evaluation and control systems. Ireland’s N.D.P. was submitted to the E.U. Commission in November 1999. The N.D.P. and the C.S.F. are currently being implemented as an integrated investment plan and strategy for both economic and social development.

The N.D.P./C.S.F. 2000-2006 is an investment plan for Ireland. Over the seven year period of the Plan, €57 billion will be invested in projects to improve infrastructure, develop a highly-skilled and flexible workforce, enhance competitiveness, promote social inclusion and evenly distribute the benefits of Ireland’s economic growth.

The Plan is divided into Operational Programmes (O.P.s); two Regional, three Inter-Regional (or national), and a separate PEACE Programme which operates in the Border counties and Northern Ireland.

Regional Programmes
  • Border, Midland and Western (B.M.W.).
  • Southern and Eastern (S.& E.).

Inter-Regional (National) Programmes
  • Employment and Human Resource Development.
  • Productive Sector.
  • Economic and Social Infrastructure.

PEACE II Programme (2000-2004)
  • Supports the Peace Process in Northern Ireland and the Border counties of Donegal, Monaghan, Cavan, Louth, Sligo & Leitrim.

Each Programme is divided into sub-programmes, which are further broken down into Measures and in some cases Sub-Measures, which outline the specific funding initiatives under each Programme.

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