As part of the European Parliament annual Regional Open Day in Brussels this week Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson met with the five North/South cross-border groups and participated along witgh Local Government Association (NILGA) in regional workshops to celebrate good practices in regional development.
Afterwards Martina Anderson said:
"At a meeting with NILGA today I discussed the process required to get the North recognised under the Charter of EU Local Self-Government - which Sinn Féin is keen to take forward under the forthcoming RPA Structure. We also explored the need to draw down more financial support from Europe and what role NILGA could p[lay in helping to access these funding opportunities. We also agreed that all three MEPS should work collaboratively to try to establish the North as an Entrepreunerial Region by 2015.
"In discussion with the five Cross Border groups I highlighted the need for so long as the British imposed Border exists to take advantage of the funding streams available under EU Structural Funds to alleviate the various social and economic problems in our communities often created by the existence of the border."
"I congratulate all of these cross-border groups for the hard work which they have put in over the years. It is through this sharing of knowledge and expertise that we can seek collective answers to shared problems."