Need to maximise opportunities from European funding
Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson has encouraged local groups to be aware of the funding opportunities which exist in Europe.
Speaking at a European funding event she hosted in Derry's Guildhall alongside Mayor of Derry Elisha McCallion, Ms Anderson said;
"There are many opportunities for local businesses, statutory organisations and community and voluntary sector organisations to access EU funding.
"Sometimes however it can be difficult for groups to know how to apply for and access funding streams.
"The purpose of the funding seminar is to provide knowledge of how to access available funding.
"Numerous funding streams exist within a number of key themes including climate change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety and security and coping with the challenge of an ageing population, employment and job creation and many others.
"I and my party colleague Matt Carthy have brought together a panel of experts from various agencies including Intertrade Ireland, SEUPB and Derry City and Strabane District Council to help people access these funding opportunities.
"Europe presents huge opportunities for groups across the North and as an MEP I want to ensure that people have the information to maximise the benefits of our EU membership."