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Date Released: 22 February 2013

Lack of coordination and coherence has been identified as a key factor hindering the uptake of EU funds with respect to management of sites within the Natura 2000 network. In an effort to resolve this, the European Commission has established the requirement for national “Prioritised Action Frameworks” [PAFs], which should identify key issues that need to be addressed in the next EU funding period (2014-2020).

 Such frameworks are provided for in Article 8 of the Habitats Directive:

“The Commission shall adopt, having regard to the available sources of funding under the relevant Community instruments .... a prioritized action framework of measures involving co-financing to be taken when the site has been designated…”.

PAFs are intended to be strategic documents and it is envisaged that the Commission will use them as tools when assessing proposals for funding for the period 2014-20. These sources of funding include existing financial instruments: the European Agricultural Fund for Regional Development (EAFRD), the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), Structural and Cohesion Funds and the LIFE+ fund.

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has coordinated the compilation of Ireland’s PAF with inputs from other government departments and associated agencies and bodies. A draft submission was issued to the Commission in January 2013 and can be viewed or downloaded from the NPWS document library:



If you have comments, please send to frances.ball@ahg.gov.ie by 15 March 2013.