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Brexit: PEACE IV and Interreg VA and other ETC funding

1 March 2019


Information on how European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) programmes would be affected if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

Under the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU, the UK will continue to participate in ETC programmes financed by the current EU Budget until their closure in 2020.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the government has guaranteed to any UK organisation that secures funding from EU programmes until the end of 2020. This covers partners that are in approved projects and includes all projects that have received final approval at programme committee level.

The government is working to ensure UK partners can continue in ETC programmes. However, without access to programmes, there is a risk that project partners may not be able to continue working with their counterparts in other member states. Similarly, UK organisations may also not be able to continue applying to ETC programmes after the UK leaves the EU. If so, the government will provide full details on what to do to individual project partners.

PEACE IV and Interreg VA funding
In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the EU has published a contingency regulation to enable the continuation of the PEACE IV and Interreg VA (Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland) programmes. The UK, Irish government and the EU have noted their commitment to the funding of both programmes regardless of the outcome of negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

How to prepare as a project partner
UK project partners in approved projects should continue delivering their project activity as contracted, including continuing to make payment claims.

Further communications and guidance will be sent directly to project partners updating them on next steps, including timing of events that we intend to hold across the country to speak to organisations affected. If you have any general questions or concerns in the meantime, please contact:

How to prepare as an applicant
Organisations interested in applying should consider the information in GOV.UK's technical notice and discuss with your contact points / facilitators. Contact points and facilitators remain in place to help you apply for funding.

More information
You can find an overview of ETC and more information on the implications of a no deal Brexit on ETC funding on the GOV.UK website.