Europe's regions face massive challenges but these are not insurmountable, I pledge that over my term I will fight for our regions and Ireland South in particular. EU Cohesion Policy has benefited the economic development of Ireland enormously in the past providing us with the means to help ourselves. With the continuing economic problems in Ireland South, I intend to work hard to prioritise the deployment of Cohesion, Structural and European Social Funds to aid our economic recovery, including through support for retraining and upskilling workers to face the challenges of the knowledge economy, as well as providing support for entrepreneurship.

I work to ensure that EU funds are used to foster economic cohesion so that the EU economy can transform into the most competitive and sustainable economy in the world by 2020.

The Regional Development Committee is responsible for regional and cohesion policy especially:

  1. the Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the other instruments of the Union's regional policy,
  2. assessing the impact of other Union policies on economic and social cohesion
  3. coordination of the Union's structural instruments
  4. outermost regions and islands as well as cross-border and interregional cooperation
  5. relations with the EU's Committee of the Regions, interregional cooperation organisations and local and regional authorities

The website of the European Parliament's Committee on Regional Development can be found here.

The Directorate General for Regional Policy is the branch of the commission responsible for the implementation of the Union's policy. This is achieved through utilising funds to foster regional development, these funds are: the European Regional Development Funds and the EU Solidarity Fund.

Commissioner for Regional Policy: Corina Creţu
The European Commission's Directorate General's website can be accessed here.

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  • Storm Ophelia: MEP Kelly discusses Solidarity Funding with EU Commission +

    MEP for Ireland South and leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament, Seán Kelly, this morning met with officials Read More
  • MEPs back mandatory infrastructure for electric vehicles– Sean Kelly MEP +

    The European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) has voted for mandatory electro mobility requirements in buildings as Read More
  • Ireland's house prices second fastest-growing in EU - MEP Kelly calls for regional investment +

    Ireland's house prices are the second fastest-growing in the EU, according to Seán Kelly MEP. New data released by Eurostat Read More
  • Fine Gael MEPs congratulate Foróige on European Citizen's Prize +

    Fine Gael MEPs Seán Kelly, Mairead McGuinness, Brian Hayes and Deirdre Clune have congratulated Ireland's leading youth organisation, Foróige – Read More
  • Seán Kelly MEP chairs EU Funding event in Cork +

    The European Parliament Information Office together with Seán Kelly MEP hosted a special briefing on "EU Funding Opportunities" today in Cork, at Read More
  • End of excess Intra-EU phone charges +

    Excessive charges on so-called "Intra-EU" phone calls, or the tariffs applied to fixed and mobile calls from one EU Member Read More
  • Liam Cosgrave: "A brave & intelligent leader" - Seán Kelly MEP +

    Seán Kelly MEP and Leader of the Fine Gael Delegation in the European Parliament has paid tribute to former Taoiseach Read More
  • Brexit: FG MEPs call for “less grandstanding, more engagement” +

    The four Fine Gael MEPs are calling for less grandstanding and more engagement by the UK in the ongoing Brexit Read More
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