de Brún hits out at Dublin 'stalling' on new cross-border instruments for co-operation
Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has expressed concern at the Irish government's failure to implement potentially very important new cross-border instruments for North/South co-operation by the 2007 deadline.
The European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation is an EU initiative to allow for greater cooperation between regions including cooperation across borders.
Speaking today Ms de Brún said:
"The Minister for Finance has this week in a reply to a written question from my colleague Caoimhghín Ó'Caoláin admitted that the Irish government is still "in the process of drafting the necessary Statutory Instrument." This delay is happening at a time when across Europe these new bodies are beginning to appear. The Irish government's rhetoric on developing cross-border dynamics and supporting the border regions would appear in this case to be without basis in fact."
Ms De Brún is a member of the European Parliament's Regional Development Committee which last month took tardy states including Ireland to task in the Parliament in Brussels for not having the necessary legislation in place by 31st August last year.
"Member States are legally obliged to implement this instrument and I will continue to push the Fianna Fáil/Green government to do so and to create more momentum towards all-Ireland development." concluded the MEP.
Notes to Editor
NOTE: REPLY FROM MINISTER COWEN
To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the progress the Government has made in implementing the regulations on the European Groupings of Territorial Co-operation.
- Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 12th February, 2008.
Ref No: 5225/08
Tánaiste and Minister for Finance ( Mr Cowen ):
Following consultations between a number of Government Departments and the Office of the Attorney General, it has been agreed that my Department will be responsible for introducing the necessary legal instrument in order to give effect to Regulation (EC) No 1082/2006 which provides for the setting up of European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation in each Member State. At present my Department is in the process of drafting the necessary Statutory Instrument. This process will be completed within the coming months.