Thursday, 14 November 2019

Ceisteanna (71)

Dara Calleary

Ceist:

71. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if Ireland will be eligible for EU cohesion funding in the MFF 2021-2027. [47073/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The post 2020 Cohesion Policy Legislative package, which includes the combined European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund Regulation, and the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF), which sets the overall EU Budget for the next programming period, are still under negotiation and remain to be finalised. However, I can confirm that the Commission published their cohesion policy legislative package in May 2018 with an initial indicative allocation of Structural and Cohesion fund support for Ireland of approx.  €1.088 bn for the period 2021-2027. It is important to bear in mind that this figure has not been finalised, and there is no breakdown on the final allocation of funding between the ERDF, European Social Fund+ (ESF+), and European Territorial Cooperation (ETC)/INTERREG programme. As in the present round of funding, Ireland is not eligible for Cohesion Funding in the next round as Gross National Income (GNI per inhabitant) in Ireland is more than 90% of the EU average.