Discussions over post-Brexit funding options taking place

A European Union flag in front of the Palace of Westminster. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire)
A European Union flag in front of the Palace of Westminster. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire)
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The Special European Union Programmes Body has confirmed to the ‘Journal’ that it’s talking to both the Irish and British Governments sand European officials about funding options post-Brexit.

The body said it was still processing funding applications from a wide range of organisations at present.

Concerns have been expressed that the north west could lose tens of millions of pounds every year in various strands of European funding, including cross-border projects, if the north is forced out of the European Union despite its majority vote to remain.

The SEUPB currently manage PEACE IV and INTERREG VA funding as well as, European Structural Funds programmes in Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.

A spokesman for the SEUPB has told the ‘Journal’: “The SEUPB is continuing to process funding calls for both the PEACE IV and INTERREG VA Programmes.

“All funding applications received are being assessed in line with agreed procedures.

“The SEUPB is in on-going discussions with the Executive, the Irish Government, the European Commission (and in the case of INTERREG VA the Scottish Government) in relation to the delivery of the Programme within the context of a UK exit from the EU.

“All parties are working together to ensure that the correct processes are in place to enable the eligible region to access the maximum funding available to it.”