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The Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels

Established in 2001, the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels (ONIEB) is the devolved administration office and is part of the wider family of the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union.

Our aim

  • To assist the Northern Ireland Executive to further the aims of its Programme for Government through engagement with the European Institutions in Brussels.

What we do

Providing policy support

Under direction from Departments ONIEB monitors the work of the Council and the Parliament and attends various working groups and plenary sessions on selected policy issues. This allows the provision of  information and analysis gained in Brussels on legislative proposals affecting Northern Ireland and advice on policy developments, strategy and links with the European Institutions, particularly the European Commission and increasingly the European Parliament. This supplements the work of policy leads in the relevant Departments by adding local insight and interpretation and by flagging up critical dates and timescales in the legislative process.

Providing a business environment

The Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels provides a modern business environment for Ministers, Departments and Northern Ireland organisations conducting business In Brussels allowing NI representatives to engage effectively with European Institutions.

Providing an educational facility

The Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels provides an up-to-date educational facility to be used in the EU education and capacity building of study groups and students

Providing a platform

Departments and other Northern Ireland organisations use the office to showcase their successes in Northern Ireland and thus contribute to European “best practice”. The office in conjunction with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland has brought musicians, poets, authors, actors and artists to show off their work to a Brussels audience. Displaying our creativity enhances the image of Northern Ireland.

Providing networking opportunities

As well as its important formal and informal relationships with those working in the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament, ONIEB maintains and develops strong working relationships with a number of institutions and bodies including:-
  • The UK Permanent Representation to the EU
  • The other Devolved Administrations’ Representations to the EU
  • The Irish Permanent Representation to the EU
  • The Committee of the Regions
  • The Economic and Social Committee of the European Union
  • Other regional offices
  • Lobbying and interest groups

Brussels programmes

In this section you will find information on visits and events that take place in the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels.

Cultural Programme - The Brussels Platform

The Brussels Platform is a cultural programme which is the result of collaboration between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels.
Find out more about the programme and our events at the link below.

Who we are

You can find out more about the ONIEB team and our roles at the link below.

Contact us

The Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels is located in a modern building in the heart of the European Quarter. For contact information and directions click on the link below.