Europe makes a genuine improvement to people's daily lives - Anderson
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said European funding makes a genuine difference to the lives of thousands of people each day in the North.
Speaking after addressing the European Regional Forum event in Belfast this morning, Ms Anderson said;
"There is no doubt that membership of the European Union makes a huge contribution to everyday life in the North.
"Today's event was about maximising the benefits of European engagement and to explore new ways of realising the potential that Europe holds.
"I told the delegates that every piece of work I take on in Brussels and Strasbourg is done on he basis that it will benefit the people I represent.
"In particular, I highlighted the role that I have played in Europe in the campaign against so-called 'legal highs'.
"To date, as a result of working closely with Belfast City Council and the Attorney General, we have been able to stop the sale of these toxic and potentially deadly substances in Belfast.
"I also updated delegates on my role as chair of the European Parliament's Delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council in promoting and defending the rights of the Palestinian people."