EU Debate NI | Consequences for funding – Peace & infrastructure
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EU Debate NI Toolkit

Remain – Patricia Lewsley, Training for Women Network – Funding
Leave – Jeffrey Peel – Business for Britain – Funding

Consequences for funding – Peace & infrastructure

Northern Ireland receives funding in various forms from the EU.

Peace Funding

– The current phase of Peace IV funding (2014-20) will provide €270m towards shared education, children and young people, shared spaces and building positive relations.

Infrastructure Funding

– The EU has assisted with funding for housing projects, construction and maintenance of motorways (including the M1 & M2) and £150m to assist Ulster University’s relocation to Belfast City centre. The INTERREG programme (2014-2020) is a cross-border funding programme for NI, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland contributing €240m to developing a dynamic economy, supporting infrastructure and promoting innovative ways of addressing specific cross-border problems.

 

There are also EU programmes for funding in universities and policies around environmental protection.

Leave

Outside the EU, the UK can create new policies in environment, fisheries, peace, infrastructure higher education and other areas that best suit the needs of citizens in NI
This can be funded by the money saved from not paying into the EU.

Remain

NI benefits from funding across environment, fisheries, peace, infrastructure higher education and other areas – we benefit from working across the EU on these issues
There is no guarantee that the UK government would continue to pursue and fund each of these policies outside of the EU.

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