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Anderson urges British and Irish governments to apply for EU Solidarity Fund

25 October, 2017 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has again called on the British and Irish governments to apply for access to the EU Solidarity Fund to help repair flood damage. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"Following severe flooding across parts of Ireland, particularly rural areas, earlier this year, I visited farmers in Tyrone to see at first hand the damage caused by the flood waters. 

"I then wrote, along with my fellow MEP Matt Carthy, to EU Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan, requesting additional help for farmers and enquiring about the possibility of accessing the EU Solidarity Fund, which was set up for such eventualities. 

"Commissioner Hogan has now responded saying he would be happy to offer support and advice if the competent authorities, in this case the member states, make an application to access the fund. 

"I would again reiterate my call on both the British and Irish governments to apply to access this fund as a matter of urgency. 

"Our farmers, agricultural producers and rural communities are still counting the costs of the recent flooding and need supported in order to get back on their feet again."

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