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de Brún to meet with Paisley and McGuinness about EU Taskforce

18 July, 2007

Sinn Féin MEP, Bairbre de Brún will meet tomorrow with First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle to discuss the recent commitment given by European Commission President, José Manuel Barosso to set up a Task Force to explore how best EU support for underpinning the peace process can be maximised.

Speaking in advance of tomorrow's meeting Ms de Brún said:

"I will be taking the opportunity to encourage the Executive to further develop their working relationship with the European Union. I will also highlight the importance of balanced regional development in the time ahead.

"The EU has played an important contribution in underpinning the peace process and through various funding streams such as the Peace Programmes, Structural Funds, the Social Fund and funding for Rural Development. We must ensure that all potential funding streams are fully examined." ENDS

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