Sélecteur de langues
Brussels, 31 July 2007
Danuta Hübner said: "This is good news – we have approved the UK's framework, which I know has strong support within the country after a thorough public consultation process. I am particularly impressed at the UK authorities' commitment to increasing investment in support of the EU's Agenda for Growth and Jobs." Speaking on the day the British army's operation in Northern Ireland ended after 38 years, Commissioner Hübner added: 'I am particularly pleased to be announcing this agreement today, and am certain the programmes that will follow from this framework will boost prospects for the people of Northern Ireland. Since 1995, the PEACE fund has been delivering sustainable benefits to the province. I saw a number of successful projects for myself when I paid a visit in June, and am glad to pledge further support to the area for the future."
Commissioner Špidla added: "The UK's strategy shows strong commitment to improving investment in human resources. Creating more, better jobs is at the heart of the European reform agenda. The UK's priorities will enable the workforce to upgrade its skills, boosting employment and enabling people to adapt to changing circumstances more easily."
The UK government plans to act on the broad priorities set out in the framework with 22 operational programmes.
Actions to promote the framework priorities come under the following headings and will help to support national strategies:
Notes for editors
The United Kingdom sent its National Strategic Reference Framework to the European Commission in April 2007.
On Northern Ireland:
1. The EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland (2007-2013) (PEACE III Programme) is a distinctive European Union Structural Funds Programme aimed at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promoting reconciliation. The 224.8 million euros of EU funding will assist Northern Ireland and the Border Region and specifically focus on reconciling communities and contributing towards a shared society.
2. In addition to PEACE funding for the future, the mainstream ERDF Regional Competitiveness and Employment programme will spend 306 million euros on promoting innovation, research and development, entrepreneurship and on improving accessibility and enhancing the environment in Northern Ireland.
3. Further funding will be made available to Northern Ireland through:
Each Member State prepares an NSRF coherent with the Community Strategic Guidelines for 2007-2013, in the course of an ongoing dialogue with the Commission. That document defines the strategy chosen by the State and proposes a list of Operational Programmes (OPs) that it plans to implement.
Negotiations on the 22 UK programmes are well advanced and approval can be
expected over the coming months. They comprise three convergence and two
phasing-out programmes, together with 16 regional competitiveness and employment
programmes and one in both the convergence and regional competitiveness and
For more on programmes and objectives, go to:
As of today, 21 Member-States have had their frameworks officially validated by the Commission.
The Lisbon Agenda is an action and development plan of reforms set at the
Lisbon European Council in March 2000. The reforms are intended to implement the
EU’s strategic goal of becoming the most competitive and dynamic
knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth,
with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion. Progress is regularly
reviewed at Spring European Councils.
More on cohesion policy in the UK:
The UK NSRF is available at:
Further information about European Regional Policy:
Further information about European Employment, Social affairs and Equal opportunities Policies is available at: