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de Brún secures role on European Parliament Environment Committee

10 July, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP




Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has been appointed to the Environment Committee in the new session of the European Parliament. This is particularly important in light of talks to reach a new global agreement to tackle climate change.

She will also sit as a substitute member of the Regional Development (REGI) Committee, which helps regions develop business and infrastructure and deals with cross-border co-operation.

The Six County MEP has also been appointed to the Petitions Committee, to which individuals and groups can apply if they feel public bodies are acting contrary to EU law.

Ms de Brún said:

“These committee positions will allow me to build on the work I was privileged to carry out on behalf of constituents here in the last five years. I am particularly pleased that the new role on the Petitions Committee will allow me to assist citizens in bringing their concerns directly to European bodies that can initiate direct investigations to try and resolve those concerns.

“Sinn Féin has helped shape EU policy on climate change and the environment. At the end of this year there are crucial talks on climate change in Copenhagen that will shape the future international response to global warming. I have already participated in the UN talks and will continue to build on that important work.

“In the last term I was able to bring the powerful REGI Committee to the North West and I hope to be able to build on that work and continue to break down the barriers that undermine the development of the region.

“I want to ensure that we maximise the resources available through Europe by promoting the Executive’s Action Plan on the EU Task Force Report and unlocking resources, for example, to improve our skills base. I also want to build on the opportunities from the European Economic Recovery Plan particularly in relation to the ‘green’ economy.

“I will also continue to fight for our farming industry and farm families, particularly in relation the major of issues of CAP, Less Favoured Areas and the Milk industry” ENDS

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