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Community groups must continue to be funded after PEACE funding- de Brún MEP

19 May, 2008

Ms de Brún said,

"Tomorrow the EU parliament will vote on my report on the EU-funded
PEACE programme. The report is an evaluation of the PEACE programme
and of strategies for the future.

"It was written in consultation with grassroots activists involved in
PEACE and reflects the great work done for peace building and national
reconciliation through PEACE.

"It comes at a time when we have seen the launch of Peace III, the
launch of the EU Taskforce report and a hugely successful investment

"A major point from my report is the need that peace building
programmes, in particular those involving victims and survivors groups
and other community and voluntary groups, continue to be financially

"The voluntary and community sectors are renowned for their
achievements in confronting social decline and deprivation and are
well-placed to develop and provide frontline services for the most
disadvantaged in society.

"Community and voluntary initiatives funded under PEACE II are
operating on an ongoing basis providing essential community services
for marginalised groups in particular.

"I would urge the active involvement of the community and voluntary
sector as well as local councils in the roll-out of PEACE III and for
the statutory sector to mainstream valuable work once PEACE funding
comes to an end.

"Mholfainn go mbeadh an earnáil dheonach agus na comhairlí áitiúla
gníomhach I gcur I bhfeidhm PEACE III. Tá se rí-thábhachtach fosta
nach stopfaidh an chomhoibriú idir rannpháirtithe i gcláir arna
mhaoiniú ag PEACE agus CIÉ nuair a thiocfaidh an clár chun deiridh
agus iarraim iar ranna rialtais cistiú príomhshruthaithe a chinntiú
don obair luachmhar seo ar chríochnú don cistiúchán PEACE. Iarraim
orthu ach go háirithe obair le íospairtigh agus le marthanóirí a

"Victims and survivors groups have a dependency on non-recurring PEACE
funding and therefore must be safeguarded in the future as regards how
they will proceed when PEACE funding is no longer available."


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