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Belfast Deputy Mayor travels to Brussels

12 October, 2004

A cross party delegation from Belfast City Council this morning departed for a 2 day lobbying trip to Brussels. The intention of the trip is to lobby for the extension of the Urban 2 funding.

Speaking before his departure, Belfast Deputy Mayor Joe O'Donnell said:

" While in Brussels we will be lobbying to try and secure extra funding for Urban 2 beyond 2006 and the general extension of the Peace Programme. Belfast like many other areas across the six counties has received a welcome boost as a result of peace funding and the impact on disadvantaged communities has been positive.

" Consequently, I am concerned about the speculation of a £20 million reduction in such funding. The communities which suffered most as a result of the conflict are in no position to deal with such a blow. I would hope that our trip will result in the EU maintaining their financial support for the peace Process." ENDS

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