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Bairbre de Brún welcomes EU report on the role of state aid in promoting regional development

13 December, 2005


Ms de Brún is due to deliver a speech to the EU Parliament this evening where Milos Koterec's report on 'The role of state aid as a tool of regional development' will be formally discussed.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said :

"State Aid needs to be viewed as a positive contribution to the promotion of economic and social cohesion on a regional basis.

"I want to particularly welcome the report's assertion that the 'natural effects' region should be eligible for a more flexible regime of state aid in the future. It is particularly important that a bottom up approach to the design and implementation of future funding is sought and that a set of properly funded programmes are in place to ensure that areas are not left behind as the economy develops and improves. Regional imbalances should not be taken for granted, and we need to continue striving for equality of treatment for disadvantaged regions throughout Ireland, and in particular the North West.

Tá sé tábhachtach go bhfuil cúnamh Stáit feicthe mar chomhpháirt riachtánach de fhorbairt réigiúnach san Aontas Eorpach. Fáiltím dearbhú na dtuairisce gur cheart don "chionroinnt chúnamh Stáit a bheith iomlán follasach sa chaoi go mbeadh sé mar ghléas tairbhiúil faoi choinne forbartha réigiúnach cothromúil inbhuanaithe".

In Éirinn, is léir gur fhorbair réigiúin áirithe níos fearr agus níos gasta ná ceantair eile mar gheall ar chúiseanna éagsúla, mar shampla, d'fhulaing muintir chontaethe na dteorann mar thoradh ar blianta fada de chríochdheighilt agus caithfimid an éagothroime seo a chur ina cheart

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