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de Brún warns that EU PEACE funding must not be sacrificed in EU Budget discussions

14 December, 2005


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has this morning spoken in a debate in the European Parliament concerning Britain's EU Presidency proposals for tomorrow's summit where she formally raised the PEACE programme for the first time since the 200 million euro proposal was recommended by the British Government last week.

Ms de Brún said that continued discussions regarding the British Presidency's proposals for the Financial Perspectives 'should not provide an opportunity for any downward negotiation of proposals to fund a 200 million euro PEACE III programme'.

Speaking from Strasbourg Ms de Brún said:

"Whilst Sinn Féin has a number of difficulties with the British Presidency's financial proposals including lower than previously proposed amounts for rural development, for cohesion funds for the newest member states and for culture, youth and health and consumer protection, I sought to make a specific appeal regarding PEACE funding.

"This morning's debate provided an opportunity for me to formally raise the issue of PEACE funding in the European Parliament, where I stressed the necessity of continued funding if we are to continue the valuable work of peace building, tackling discrimination and promoting national reconciliation.

Cibé diospóireachtaí a n-éiríonn maidir le peirspictíochtaí airgeadais an Aontais Eorpaigh (AE) idir na blianta 2007-2013, ní mór do thograí Uachtaránachta na Breataine faoi choinne maoiniú PEACE III do Thuaisceart na hÉireann a bheith curtha i gcontúirt. Tá moltaí an 2 mhilliún Euro riachtánach má táimid ag dul leanúint ar aghaidh leis an obair thairbheach seo ag tógáil síochána, ag obair in aghaidh idirdhealú agus ag cur réiteach náisiúnta chun cinn.

"Whatever discussions, bargaining or bartering may take place around the EU budget should not allow for any downward negotiation of proposals to fund a 200 million euro PEACE III programme in the six years between 2007 -2013.

Tá sé ríthábhachtach nach mbeidh deis shíochána in Éirinn curtha amú fosta. Tá dualgas an-mhór ar Rialtas na Breataine i dtaca le dul chun cinn polaitiúla a áirithiú sa bhliain atá romhainn, 2006.

"I also raised the issue of the peace process and stressed that the opportunity for peace in Ireland is not squandered, which means that there is also an onus upon the British Government to ensure political progress in 2006." ENDS

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