European Funding and Policy - An Interactive Discussion With Seán Kelly MEP: Limerick - 7 April 2017

Training provider: 
The Wheel
Date / time: 
7 Apr 2017 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry's Mall, Limerick
Price details: 
This event is free and open to all community, voluntary and charitable organisations.

A short but highly impactful session hosted by The Wheel with Seán Kelly MEP. This is your opportunity to learn more about European funding opportunities and to consider some crucial questions for your organisation and its role in Europe. 

Note: this event is subject to potential change in location / city.

This is a free event and registration is a must. Book your place online here.

Course details: 

Civil Society and the European Parliament:  Shaping Europe's Future

As part of a new and exciting project, The Wheel aims to increase dialogue between civil society organisations and MEPs leading to greater knowledge, understanding, cooperation and participation. 

We've put together the following short and punchy schedule to help facilitate this aim.

11.00-11.20: Unlocking EU Opportunities Funding and Advocacy - The Wheel

The Wheel's European Programme supports it's members to increase their chances of securing European funding by providing easy-to-digest information, advice, resources and training. Since 2015 The Wheel has been the National Contact Point for the Europe for Citizens Programme in Ireland and is rapidly developing an expertise in this area, aiming to unleash the potential of EU programmes for Irish civil society organisations. Hugh Quigley, Chair of Access Europe will present information on EU programmes and also offer advice.

11.20-11.40: The Value and Workings of the European Institutions – Seán Kelly MEP

For many small community and voluntary organisations, engaging at EU level isSeán Kelly MEP not a priority. Seán Kelly MEP will give an overview of the workings of the EU and how civil society can engage, sharing his or her own experiences and advice.  

11.40-12.00: Tea, Coffee and Networking

12.00-12.30: Interactive Discussion

In groups, participants will be asked to explore the following questions: What is your experience of accessing EU funding for your organisation? What is your engagement with your MEPs? What can you do to better engage with EU funding opportunities and your members of parliament?

12.30-13.00: Discussion Feedback and Q&A

Facilitators: Ivan Cooper, Director of Public Policy, The Wheel & Deirdre Finlay, European Programmes Coordinator, The Wheel

Ivan Cooper

Ivan Cooper is charged with progressing The Wheel's policy positions on cross-cutting issues affecting the community and voluntary sector, e.g. charity regulation, strengthening the sector, active-citizenship, standards and supports amongst others.

He oversees the research programme which The Wheel conducts about the profile and scope of the community and voluntary sector in Ireland and he represents The Wheel on a range of fora, national and international.

Hugh Quigley has over 33 years' experience of working in the European Commission. He now offers advice and information to civil society organisations looking to access EU funding and is Chair of Access Europe, a unique project supporting organisations. See 

Who Should Attend: 

This event is open to everyone working in the community, voluntary and charity sector.

How to Register: 

Registration on the day for those already registered starts from 10.45am and the event begins at 11.00am.

This is a free event and registration is a must. Book your place online here.

Supported by:    

EUEuropean Parliament

Course contact details

01 454 8727


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