Date: January 2013
Description: The preparation of the Rural Development Programme for the forthcoming 7 year period provides an opportunity to re-evaluate existing support measures and delivery mechanisms, the relative priority attached to policy objectives in terms of financial allocations, and also to introduce new measures to meet new national and EU policy objectives.
Date: July 2012
Description: In this paper the BMW Regional Assembly sets out specific recommendations related to the Assembly’s activities as the Managing Authority of the BMW Regional Operational Programmes, the national contact point for a number of Interreg Programmes and in the context of fulfilling its policy development role.
(COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT) Submission to the Public Consultation on the Report of the Next Generation Broadband Taskforce
Date: May 2012
Description: The BMW Regional Assembly welcomes the publication of the report of the Next Generation Broadband Taskforce and the Government’s initiative in bringing forward a next generation broadband strategy, consistent with the Digital Agenda for Europe requirements. This submission sets out the response of the BMW Regional Assembly on a number of key aspects of the Taskforce Report and makes some recommendations arising from these
Date: March 2012
Description: The BMW Regional Assembly welcomes this opportunity to make a submission to the consultation on an integrated ocean policy for Ireland. The development of a comprehensive and effective ocean policy presents a daunting challenge, while the range of potential wealth generating resources if managed correctly could make a significant contribution to the Irish economy and its less developed regions thus promoting balance regional development.
(TRANSPORT)Submission to Consultation on the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sportís Strategy Statement 2011 Ė 2014
Date: August 2011
Description: Submission to the consultation on the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport's Strategy Statement 2011-2014. This paper sets out the role of transport and tourism in regional economic development and also highlights a number of key issues for the region in relation to balanced regional development.
(REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT) Ireland’s Regional Assemblies Submission to the Consultation on the Conclusions of the Fifth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion
Date: January 2011
Description: The Border, Midland and Western (BMW) Regional Assembly and the Southern and Eastern (S&E) Regional Assembly welcome the opportunity to participate in the debate on the future of Cohesion Policy. The Irish Regional Assemblies have over ten years experience in the preparation, management, monitoring, financial control and evaluation of national, regional, cross-border and trans-national EU Structural Funds Programmes.
(NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN) Submission to the National Reform Programme
Date: January 2011
Description: The Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly welcomes this opportunity to contribute to the development of the National Reform Programme for Ireland. Our interest in the National Reform Programme (NRP) process as a NUTS II Regional Assembly and as a Managing Authority for the ERDF co-financed BMW Regional Operational Programme (OP) is primarily in two areas. First, the role that we may play as regional partners in the elaboration of Ireland’s NRP Strategy, as envisaged in the new Europe 2020 Strategy; and second, the contribution that EU Cohesion Policy as administered through the Regional OPs, can make to the achievement of Ireland’s commitments in the years ahead.
(AGRICULTURE) Submission on The Shape of the Common Agricultural Policy Post 2013
Date: June 2010
Description: Agriculture and rural development policies have a critical role to play in stimulating the economic development of the BMW Region. The areas with the lowest family farm incomes are also those in which alternative or supplementary income opportunities are most limited, raising the need for a greater emphasis on regional and social cohesion in agri-rural policy.
(REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT) Submission to the Draft Outlook Opinion Of the Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy On the Future of EU Cohesion Policy
Date: January 2010
Description: This submission is largely framed around what we consider the context, rationale, goals (scope) and delivery mechanisms for Cohesion Policy should be, post 2013. The submission then reviews some specific features of the policy such as the territorial co-operation (INTERREG), urban and rural development dimensions, financial engineering and administrative simplification. A number of clear recommendations are then made, based on this analysis.
(EUROPEAN UNION) Submission to Commission Working Document on the Future EU 2020 Strategy
Date: January 2010
Description: The Border, Midlands and Western (BMW) Regional Assembly is a NUTS II Regional Authority in Ireland and is the designated Managing Authority for two Regional Operational Programmes (2000-06 and 2007-13), the National Contact Point for two Territorial Co-operation programmes and has been the Managing Body for two Regional Programmes of Innovative Actions (2002-04 and 2006-08). Over the past number of years the Regional Assembly has contributed to the Irish Government’s National Reform Programmes and Annual Reports and has also been a regional correspondent for the Committee of the Region’s Lisbon Monitoring Platform and in this capacity has participated in EU -level seminars and workshops on the Lisbon Strategy to 2010 and has acted as independent expert on a number of enterprise-related opinions by Irish Rapporteurs to the Committee of the Regions.
(INNOVATION AND R&D) Border, Midland & Western Regional Assembly Submission to the Innovation Taskforce
Date: September 2009
Description: The Border, Midland and Western (BMW) Regional Assembly welcomes this opportunity to make a submission to the Government's Innovation Taskforce. This paper will focus on a number of priority areas which the Assembly considers to be the key challenges and will outline a range of effective policy proposals to develop Ireland?s innovation levels.
(RURAL DEVELOPMENT) BMW Regional Assembly Submission to the Review of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 (Feb 2009)
Date: February 2009
Description: The Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly welcomes this opportunity to submit proposals to the review of the Rural Development Programme 2007-13 which arises from the availability of an additional €120m following the recently completed CAP Health Check. The review was considered at a meeting of the Regional and Rural Affairs Committee of the Regional Assembly on February 13th and the proposals made herein have been prioritised in order of preference arising from this discussion.
(REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT) BMW Regional Assembly Submission to the EU Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion: Turning Territorial Diversity into Strength
Date: January 2009
Description: The Border Midland and Western Regional Assembly welcomes the publication of the Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion and welcomes the opportunity to participate in the debate by responding to some of the debating points listed in the Green Paper. This submission to the debate broadly follows the format of the questions for debate set out in the Green Paper. In the first instance, there are some general remarks on the Green Paper itself and this is followed by responses to the questions posed in section 4 of the Green Paper.