December 2016
Issue No. 41
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2017 CCBS Annual Conference 23/24 February 2017

The Centre for Cross Border Studies’ Annual Conference will take place on Thursday 23 & Friday 24 February 2017 at the Armagh City Hotel. The theme of the conference isBuilding and maintaining relationships: within, across and beyond these islands after the Referendum”. The conference will feature keynote speakers and panel participants from the island of Ireland, Great Britain and Europe. Programme details will be available soon.


UK EU Referendum
If you would like to suggest an event, report or article for inclusion in the CCBS Brexit section please get in touch here




Victims Support Programme (VSP)

The overall aim of the VSP is aligned to the vision of the VSS: to improve the health and wellbeing of victims and survivors.  All projects funded through this programme must demonstrate how the activities they deliver contribute to this aim. Organisations Resident in Northern Ireland ONLY

PEAVE IV - Shared Spaces and Services

The overall aim of PEACE IV – Shared Spaces and Services – Victims and Survivors is to improve the health and wellbeing of victims and survivors.  This programme will target hard to reach and marginalised individuals and communities that have suffered as a result of the Troubles/Conflict, through the development, implementation and co-ordination of a number of new and innovative initiatives. Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland (counties Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo).

All application information is available to download here

Application Packs can also be requested from the Victims and Survivors Service by contacting us on 028 90 279 100

The closing date for both programmes is 12.00 pm 4 January 2017.

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IPH Open Conference 2016
The 5th IPH Open Conference took place on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 and highlighted how effective public health interventions make a significant positive difference to the lives of individuals and to the type of society we live in.  Dr Fiona Sim, Chair of the Royal Society of Public Health gave the keynote address on ‘The role of the arts and creativity in public health’. The conference was opened by NI Minister for Health Mrs Michelle O’Neill MLA. Nearly 300 health professionals, policymakers and academics from across the island of Ireland attended the conference which focused on ‘Breaking down boundaries – innovation, participation and creativity in public health’.
Access IPH Open Conference presentations, tweets, photo and audio

Open Access:  Tackling Health Inequalities
IPH and Open Knowledge Ireland co-hosted an event on 25 October 2016 in Dublin as part of International Annual Open Access Week. This week provides an opportunity to learn more about the benefits of Open Access. Open Access (OA) is the immediate, freely available, online access to research outputs. These outputs include peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers and datasets of various types. The restrictions to use, commonly imposed by publisher copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control do not apply.
Access presentations and photos

Loneliness & Ageing: a public health issue
Chronic loneliness can have a negative impact on your health according to experts speaking at a recent seminar on loneliness and older people. The all-island event ‘Loneliness & Ageing: a public health issue’ was co-hosted by IPH and Ulster University Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing. Loneliness can affect people of any age with chronic loneliness affecting about 10% of older people. Keynote speaker Professor Brian Lawlor, Trinity College Dublin highlighted the need for loneliness to be recognised as a key public health feature. Professor Vanessa Burholt, Swansea University added that people with lots of friends can still feel lonely and those who live alone may not. Other speakers included Kellie Payne, UK Campaigning to End Loneliness, Sean Moynihan, ALONE and Siobhan Sweeyney, Public Health Agency. Access presentations, photos and audio 

Why Good Work Matters:  The Role of Good Quality Work in Reducing Health Inequalities
In November the UK and Ireland Health Equity Collaborative met in Dublin to look at inequality of access to work and inequality of access to good quality work. The Collaborative is a partnership between the UCL Institute of Health Equity and public health and Government bodies in the UK and Ireland of which IPH is a member. It works to support and sustain action on the social determinants of health, to improve population health and reduce health inequalities. The event highlighted good evidence and good practice to support people into work creating healthy workplaces, and looks to the future for opportunities and barriers to good quality work. Professor Sir Michael Marmot gave a brief overview of the collaborative. 



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EU Cities Report
A new report reveals that Europe’s cities are playing a major role in moving towards a more innovative, inclusive and sustainable future.
This report was prepared to support both the Urban Agenda for the EU and the new global Urban Agenda adopted during the UN-Habitat III conference in Quito (see page 10). It was jointly produced by the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission and UN-Habitat. The indicators used in the report can be visualised and accessed on the new urban data platform produced by the EC’s Joint Research Centre. This platform makes it easier to find comparable indicators for European cities and helps cities to learn from each other.
It can be accessed here:
The State of European Cities Report was launched in Brussels during the recent European Week of Regions and Cities on 12 October and presented at the UN-Habitat III conference in Quito.
It can be downloaded here:

Moving beyond GDP:  The Final EU Regional Social Progress Indes
In October, the latest version of the EU Regional Social Progress Index (EU-SPI) published the results of measures implemented across 272 regions of the EU’s Member States.
‘Social progress’ is defined as society’s capacity to meet its citizens’ basic human needs, to establish the building blocks that allow citizens and communities to enhance and sustain their quality of life, and to create the conditions to enable individuals to reach their full potential. The EU-SPI covers three broad dimensions of social progress: basic human needs; the foundations of well-being; and opportunity. Each of these is broken down into four underlying components described by 50 social and environmental indicators. The deliberate exclusion of economic indicators means that the Index measures social progress directly, rather than using economic proxies.

This book brings together academics, members of European institutions, and regional and national level policy-makers to assess the performance and direction of EU Cohesion Policy against the background of the most significant reforms to the policy in a generation.
Responding to past criticisms of the policy’s effectiveness, the policy changes introduced in 2013 have aligned European Structural and
Investment Funds with the Europe 2020 strategy and introduced measures to improve strategic coherence, performance and integrated development. The book has been published in Open Access, which means it is available for free download.

No more EU roaming charges from 15 June 2017
Statement by Vice-President Ansip and Commissioner Oettinger: Announcing the effective end of roaming charges, Vice-President Ansip and Commissioner Oettinger said: "Getting rid of roaming charges is one of the best achievements of the EU in the last few years, and a cornerstone for building the Digital Single Market. For more than a decade, the Commission has been working to reduce the huge surcharges that telecoms operators imposed on their customers each time they crossed a border while using their mobile device on holiday, at the week-end or during business trips (…) We are now at the final hurdle: the complete abolition of roaming charges for European travellers in the EU. This will enter into effect as of 15 June 2017. Those of us who travel do so on average for 12 days per year. But the Commission goes much further by abolishing roaming charges for at least 90 days per year, much more than the average time that a European is roaming with their phone." 

EU copyright rules needed 
The Commission has set out proposals on the modernisation of copyright to increase cultural diversity in Europe and content available online, while bringing clearer rules for all online players. The copyright proposals have three main priorities: Better choice and access to content online and across borders; Better choice and access to content online and across borders; and, A fairer and sustainable marketplace for creators and press. Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, said: "Our proposal will ensure that more content will be available, transforming Europe’s copyright rules in light of a new digital reality. Europe's creative content should not be locked-up, but it should also be highly protected, in particular to improve the remuneration possibilities for our creators." 

Eurostat Regional yearbook 2016 
Did you know that population density in Ireland's South and East Region was 93 inhabitants per km2 compared to a high of 10,780 in the Inner London-East region? Or that the population of Ireland's Border Midland and West is expected to rise by over 10% between now and 2050 compared to 6.2% for the South and East? Or that Ireland's South and East Region had the highest number of cattle (4.3 million in 2013) of all the EU regions? The Eurostat regional yearbook 2016 contains chapters on regional policies and Europe 2020, population, health, education, labour market, gross domestic product, structural business statistics, research and innovation, information society, tourism, transport and agriculture. It also includes two special focus chapters: commuting patterns between regions and regional population projections. 

EU Prize for Women Innovators 
The European Commission has launched the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017 competition, which awards four female entrepreneurs who have successfully brought an innovation to market. This year's edition is open to women of any nationality living in an EU Member State that have founded or co-founded a company with a turnover of at least €100,000. The 2017 edition will also feature a Rising Innovator award worth €20,000 for a female entrepreneur under 35 years old. The winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize will receive €100,000, €50,000 and €30,000 respectively. Last year, Dr Sarah Bourke, CEO and co-founder of Skytek Ltd, won the third prize in the competition. Skytek is a successful, global software development company serving the world’s most complex and demanding industries. 

Jean Lambert MEP has published a factsheet on the legal rights of EU nationals currently living in the UK. Written by Colin Yeo, barrister at Garden Court Chambers, it answers several of the most commonly-asked questions in these uncertain times following the vote to leave the European Union (‘Brexit’).  
To view factsheet click here


Journal of Arts and Communities:  People, Place, Power:  Increasing Arts Engagement
Deadline 2nd January 2017
In partnership with Creative People and Places and University of Leeds, the Journal of Arts & Communities is pleased to announce a Call for Submissions for a Special Edition dedicated to People, Place, Power: increasing arts engagement. This Call for Submissions offers an opportunity to publish learning from the different approaches that has been undertaken by Creative People and Places areas, and from researchers and practitioners working outside of CPP on related themes. For further details on submission guidelines please consult the Intellect website:; Journal of Arts & Communities,id=159/
Principal Editor: Stephanie Knight, lecturer & artist/researcher:

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Places Matter Conference, Dublin Castle, 12 January 2017
Places Matter: What happens when we invest in the arts?
This inaugural national conference is the first in a planned biennial series being held under the auspices of the new Arts Council / Local Government agreement A Framework for Collaboration (PDF, 1.5MB). The conference addresses the societal benefits from state expenditure on the arts and explores the role of the arts in building cohesive and sustainable communities. Following the centenary year, when cultural expression and citizenship were critical to the national response and programming of the commemorations, the conference has placed our cultural future at the heart of its focus.  To register for the conference please click:
The conference fee is €50 for organisations and €20 for artists / students.
Further information:  Sinéad O’Reilly, Head of Local Arts and Arts Participation. 
Email: ; Monica Corcoran, Strategic Development Manager , Email: 

Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland:  All Island Research Network
For further information, Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland: all island research network contact: 
Republic of Ireland:  
Kerry McCall, Director of Academic Affairs, Uversity, Dublin. E: 
Northern Ireland: 
Dr. Victoria Durrer, Lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy, Queen’s University Belfast, N. Ireland. E: 


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