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de Brún addresses European Parliament hearing on the PEACE Programme

20 November, 2007

The European Parliament's 'rapporteur' on the evaluation of the PEACE Programme, Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún, today spoke at the European Parliament's public hearing on the PEACE Programme.

de Brún's contribution followed presentations by experts specially brought over from Ireland including academics and grassroots activists.

The hearing in Brussels allowed MEPs to hear of the good work done by PEACE since 1995 and to examine possible future strategies. The European Commission also attended and made a contribution at the event.

Speaking in Brussels prior to the meeting Ms de Brún said

"I am delighted to be part of this event which will allow MEPs and Commission officials to discuss what the PEACE programme has done in Ireland and which will impress upon them that their continued support is needed. As the European Parliament's appointed 'rapporteur' I am especially pleased by the positive feedback with which MEPs from across Europe have greeted my work to date.

"Today is another important part of my work to ensure that the PEACE Programme and those involved with it receive as high as possible a profile at European level in order to ensure the EU's continued goodwill towards the programme." ENDS

NOTE TO EDITORS - Programme for event

Public Hearing on Evaluation of the PEACE programme and strategies for the future
Rapporteur: Bairbre de Brún MEP

20 November 2007
16.00 - 18.30
Room ASP 3G3

16.00 - 16.15 - Mr Pat Colgan - Special EU Programmes Body
Presentation of the cross-border body to which the British and Irish governments have devolved power in respect of the PEACE programmes

16.15 - 16.30 - Caroline Newell - Ballymacarret Arts and Cultural Society
Presentation of a PEACE funded project

16.30 - 16.45 - Mr Duncan Morrow - CEO Northern Ireland Community Relations Council

16.45 - 17.00 - Mr Brandon Hamberl; Research Co-ordinator of INCORE (UN Research Centre for the study of conflict at the University of Ulster)
Presentation of his academic work on the PEACE programmes

17.00 - 18.30 - Debate; With the participation of representatives from the European Commission (tbc)

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