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European Priorities

The Euroepan Priorities set out how the Executive will work to strengthen European engagement, to realise fully the opportunities which the European Union presents, to influence and shape future policy and build our positive profile.

European Priorities 2013-14

The Executive’s European Priorities 2013-14 was agreed on 19 September 2013 and available to download at the link below.
The Executive also agreed it's mid-year progress report on 16 December 2013 and is available to download at the link below:

What are the European Priorities for Northern Ireland?

The Euroepan Priorities set out how the Executive will work to strengthen European engagement, to realise fully the opportunities which the European Union presents, to influence and shape future policy and build our positive profile.
We have sought to align our priorities with the European Commission’s Legislative and Work Programme 2013 and the Europe 2020 Strategy, which provide a strategic framework to help shape and focus our approach.
2013 marks a clear transition within Europe as existing funding programmes conclude and negotiations on the EU’s budget and new support programmes for 2014-20 are finalised.  We will look to ensure that we:
  • Play an active part in those policy discussions which will shape the next funding period;
  • Prepare thoroughly for the new round of funding programmes and stand ready to exploit any early calls for proposals in 2014; and
  • Are ready to react quickly and use the opportunities any final calls for proposals under the current range of programmes might provide.
The priority policy areas identified in previous years have worked well and continue to provide the basis for effective, cross-departmental working in pursuit of our objectives.  Our four overarching European thematic priorities for 2013-14 therefore remain:
  • Competitiveness and Employment;
  • Innovation and Technology;
  • Climate Change and Energy; and
  • Social Cohesion.

European Priorities 2012-13

The Executive approved its European Prioriites 2012-13 Implementation Report on 19 September 2013. You can download the report along with its Implementation Plan and European Priorities at the links below.

More useful documents and links