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Wednesday, 14th October 2020

EU to invest millions in electric vehicle charging points in border counties

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Councillor Michelle Hall and Pamela Arthurs of East Border Region with Frank Pentony of Louth County Council.

€6.4million is to be invested by the EU INTERREG VA Programme* in a new electric vehicle charging project called 'FASTER' which will help reduce reliance on fossil fuels by encouraging increased use of more environmentally-friendly forms of transport.

Delivered on a cross-border basis, the FASTER project will be implemented by lead partner East Border Region, in conjunction with a consortium of partners from Northern Ireland, Ireland and Scotland.

Councillor Michelle Hall, an Executive Director of East Border Region, welcomed the project, saying: "73 rapid charging points at easily accessible areas of defined needs across all three regions, will encourage more citizens to opt for greener, more sustainable forms of transport. 

“I'm sure this will have wide-reaching positive benefits for business, local communities and tourism in the North East. Electric vehicles will also help reduce emissions and improve air quality.

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Dundalk Institute of Technology are partners in this process, and Louth County Council contribute annually to East Border Region.

As a director of EBR, I look forward to working with our lead partners in the implementation of this project."

*The €283m INTERREG VA Programme is one of 60 similar funding programmes across the European Union that have been designed to help overcome the issues that arise from the existence of a border. These issues range from access to transport, health and social care services, environmental issues and enterprise development.

Since 1991 the INTERREG Programme has brought in approximately €1.13 billion into the region. This funding has been used to finance thousands of projects that support strategic cross-border co-operation in order to create a more prosperous and sustainable region. The new programming period for 2014-2020 provides opportunity for continued EU assistance to help create a more prosperous and sustainable cross-border region.

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