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European Parliament overwhelmingly endorse Peace report

20 May, 2008

(PEACE report adopted: 603 in favour, 21 against)-Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has welcomed the European Parliament majority vote endorsing her evaluation of peace funding report.

Speaking from Strasbourg Ms de Brún

"I am pleased that MEPs throughout Europe have voted to accept my evaluation of the PEACE funding and I believe this report can be a benchmark for other countries.

"The report contains strong recognition for the work that has already been done. This includes paying respect for the grassroots activists as well as the great support from the European Parliament and the Commission in particular.

"The strength of PEACE lies in the bottom-up approach which must be continued into PEACE III.

"The report points out the need for the good work of PEACE to continue after PEACE funded has ended. Peace-building is a long-term process and a guarantee of security is needed for long-term projects.

"This is also the first report to be voted in the European Parliament in Irish. I hope this report will show others what is possible in Irish and will act as a spur for equality for Irish speakers in the parliament and in the EU institutions more generally."

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