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Leas Cathaoirleach welcomes ERNACT delegates to Donegal Town

Ernact Meeting DL Town 

Cllr Noel Jordan, Leas Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council with Cllr Niamh Kennedy, Cllr Rena Donaghey, Brian Boyle Head of Information Systems Donegal County Council and Colm McColgan, General Manager of ERNACT along with staff and delegates at the ERNACT Interregional Management Committee meeting held last week in Donegal Town Public Service Centre.


Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr Noel Jordan welcomed delegates from four European regions to the ERNACT Interregional Management Committee in Donegal Town on Tuesday last.


Donegal County Council is a founding member of ERNACT which is a Europe wide network of regions. This network works collaboratively to ensure that it’s regions and cities are well positioned to identify and respond to rapidly evolving innovation trends including smart cities, open public services and use of digital technology in the low-carbon economy.


Cllr Jordan said that he was delighted that ERNACT had chosen to host their Interregional Management Committee meeting in Donegal Town and that the delegates were taking the time out of their busy schedule to visit and experience the spectacular scenery and hospitality of the Donegal Municipal District.


Head of Information Systems with Donegal County Council Brian Boyle is the current chair of the ERNACT International Management Committee and believes that this type of network is essential for Donegal to enable the county to add value to the regions Digital agenda and smart specialisation plans.


“ERNACT is currently implementing seven international projects across 35 European regions and cities.  Being a core region within ERNACT provides Donegal with the opportunity to influence it’s policy and strategy, while at the same time engaging meaningfully with various regions on a project by project basis sharing learning and best practice and introducing innovative solutions to areas such as public service delivery, energy efficiency and enterprise development”.


The meeting reviewed progress on the delivery of various EU funded programmes and proposals and scoped project concepts and proposals for the upcoming calls in the Atlantic, Northern Periphery and North West Europe programmes.


Delegates from Vasternorrland in Sweden, Cantabria and San Sebastian in the North of Spain, West Romania and Derry City & Strabane District Council attended the meeting and representatives from South Ostrobothnia in Finland joined the meeting by Skype.


ERNACT regions include Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada, South Ostrobothnia, Finland, Donegal, West Romania, Banat Serbia, Cantabria, Spain, San Sebastián, Spain, Vasternorrlands, Sweden, Derry City & Strabane.

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