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Anderson welcomes European Parliament support for special financial status for North

11 September, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said today's vote in the European Parliament to extend cohesion funding to the north after 2020 is a further endorsement of European support for the north to have special status within the EU. 

Speaking from Strasbourg, Martina Anderson said: 

"Today vote in the European Parliament to back the Vaughan report which calls for an extension of EU Cohesion Funding for the north post 2020 is hugely significant. 

"Cohesion funding has been essential to many sections of society in the north from agriculture and SMEs to Peace & INTERREG funding which has helped strengthen communities and promote reconciliation, as well as cross border projects. 

"The overwhelming support for this position in the Parliament with 565 MEPs voting in favour of the proposal is a further indication of Europe's support for the north to have special status within the EU post Brexit. 

"This vote illustrates that the lobbying by Sinn Féin for imaginative and creative solutions to Brexit is paying off across Europe. 

"The British government, and the Irish government, now need to show the same imagination and creativity and bring forward proposals which give effect to the democratic will of the people of the north to remain in the EU."

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