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EU Peace fund ballpark figure of 200 million Euro

19 July, 2005


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún speaking at a seminar on EU PEACE funding
hosted by Training for Women Network at the PlayBoard Offices in Belfast in
Belfast today has said that the ballpark figure being talked about at
present for EU peace funding for 2007-2013 is 200 million Euro.

Ms de Brún also stressed the importance of social inclusion and the role of
women in reconciliation.

Ms de Brún said:

"Sinn Féin have been organising meetings throughout the Six Counties and the
border counties with people and groups working on the ground tackling
disadvantage, the legacy of the conflict and on conflict resolution and
peace building, often with the support of EU peace funding.

"The current PEACE II extension will end next year and this will place much
of this valuable work in peril unless plans for the future are made now.
Sinn Fein have identified a clear need for continued support to cover the
period 2007 -2013.

"Our programme of outreach is part of a number of on-going initiatives and a
wider campaign to secure a PEACE III programme and a bottom up approach to
its design and delivery.

"A ballpark figure of some 200 million Euro for the 2007-2013 period was
mooted by the Luxemburg EU Presidency last month. Local organisations and
councils need to lobby the British and Irish governments to secure a
realistic figure for peace funding from the EU and from government sources.

"It is also vital that community based organizations are fully involved in
the design and implementation of the funding programmes with future funds
directed at the twin goals of reconciliation and social inclusion. It is
particularly important that future funds are distributed on the basis of
need.

"Both the British and Irish Governments must commit themselves to helping
secure additional funding for the period 2007 - 2013. They must also
recognise the importance of social inclusion and the role of women in
reconciliation. In planning for a PEACE III programme lessons need to be
learnt from the PEACE II extension discussions. A women's element and a
childcare element is important in ensuring social inclusion in any
programme." ENDS

Note to Editors

Over 20 million euro has been invested in children and related projects
through PEACE II.

17 million euro of PEACE II funding has been awarded to 183 groups directly
supporting women.

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