European Policy and Co-ordination
European Policy and Co-ordination Unit (EPCU)
EPCU provides a central policy and co-ordination role in relation to the European Union (EU). It helps Northern Ireland fulfil its EU responsibilities and develop a positive approach to participation in the European Union. This involves:
- Leading on the development of the Executive Committee’s strategic approach to Europe.
- Maintaining effective liaison arrangements with Whitehall, the Scottish and Welsh devolved administrations, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of the Taoiseach and across NICS departments on European matters.
- Monitoring the transposition of European directives.
EPCU works closely with the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels.
The Unit was also responsible for promoting European networking by administering Measure 4.1 ‘Networking in Europe and Beyond’ - of the Peace II Programme. Read more about European networking.
European Priorities for Northern Ireland
The Northern Ireland Executive agreed its European Priorities 2012-2013 on 17 May 2012. OFMDFM Junior Ministers Jonathan Bell and Martina Anderson presented the Priorities and the 2011-12 European Priorities Implementation Report, to the Northern Ireland Assembly on 28 May 2012. An Implementation Plan for the 2012-13 Priorities has also been published. Each document can be accessed using the links below.
- European Priorities 2012-13 - Implementation Plan
- European Priorities 2012-13
- European Priorities 2011-12 Implementation Report