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de Brún in major Waste Management event

26 November, 2007

Sinn Féin's MEP on the European Parliament's Environment committee, Bairbre de Brún, will tomorrow take part in a major Friends of the Earth event in Brussels. The hearing entitled 'Don't Waste your Climate' will bring together MEPs and experts from across Europe to look at the new Waste Framework Directive.

Ms de Brún will participate in a panel discussion with other MEPs and experts.

Speaking today prior to the event Ms de Brún said

"I have a long record as an MEP working on environmental issues including this very important topic of future waste legislation for Europe. Indeed, only last week, when I met with Irish government officials in Dublin as part of a European parliament delegation, I took the opportunity to raise some of my concerns with Minister John Gormley. Waste legislation will be crucial for the environment in Ireland North and South and our ability to deal with climate change.

"Tomorrow's hearing comes at an important point as the directive on waste is due to return for decision to the European Parliament soon. EU recycling targets can have a positive benefit for reducing climate emissions and we need to move urgently in this direction. Once again I and Sinn Féin will defend the rights of communities not to have incinerators foisted upon them, and we will demand that future policy is based on more environmentally-friendly options." ENDS

Note to Editor:

The 'Don't Waste Your Climate' seminar is being organised by Friends of the Earth and hosted by Guido Sacconi MEP and Jill Evans MEP. It will be held on Tuesday 27th November 2007, 1700-1900, in Room 1C47, EP, Brussels.

The panellists will include MEPs Caroline Jackson, Bairbre de Brún and Mojca Drcar Murko, Mr Klaus Koegler (Head of Waste Unit, DG Environment) and other stakeholders.

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