Ní Riada calls for safeguarding of European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called for the safeguarding of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and has asked for a commitment that no more cuts would be implemented.
Speaking after a meeting of the Budget committee this week, Ms Ní Riada said,
“The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) mid-term review, which the Commission must prepare before the end of 2016, should acknowledge that the MFF has been pushed to its limits over the past two years, and its size should match the challenges facing the EU.
“The EU needs to update its long-term spending plan to cope with unforeseen crises such as mass migration, youth unemployment and now Brexit. In addition, the crisis faced by the agricultural industry highlights that any funds allocated to the fishing industry cannot afford to face any threats or cuts.
“Therefore, I called for the protection of the EMFF and I was the only MEP to do so. I am not prepared to sit back and see the EU walk blindfolded into the years ahead, at the expense of our indigenous industries.
“In addition to this, in the wake of the results of the Brexit referendum, I submitted an amendment noting that the result of the referendum creates grave problems for the peace process and undermines the Good Friday Agreement.
“The EU has made an important contribution to encouraging peace and reconciliation in Ireland, in particular through these PEACE programmes which are targeted at the north of Ireland and border counties in the south. In saying that, I called on the Commission to carry on with its support for the peace process through the continued funding of the PEACE programme.
“Throughout the MFF mid-term review I will be raising these, and other concerns, to ensure the recurring backlog of overdue EU payments is tackled and the Commission looks beyond 2020, in terms of its budget.” ENDS