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de Brún to meet EU Commissioner on Peace III and Cross Border Development

14 April, 2005

Sinn Fein MEP Bairbre de Brún will meet with EU Commissioner Danuta Hübner on Monday April 18th in Brussels. The meeting is part of Sinn Fein's ongoing work to promote the need for a Peace III programme from 2007 - 2013 and for increased cross border cooperation within EU regional policy.

Speaking in advance of the meeting Ms de Brún said:

"Since the beginning of 2004 Sinn Fein has been campaigning and lobbying to secure a Peace III programme for 2007-2013. Such a programme would assist in underpinning the important work which has been carried out by community organisations across the country through Peace I and II.

"Since my election to the European Parliament last year I have been in correspondence with the Regional Development Commissioner and have raised the issue within the European Parliament and with the EU Presidency.

Following the election of Danuta Hübner as Commissioner in November, I contacted her office to make the case for a Peace III programme and to invite her to visit the region to see for herself the positive impact of PEACE and IFI funding to date. Next week's meeting is part of this ongoing political effort to explain to the Commission the vital need for peace and reconciliation projects to continue to secure funding.

"I will also take the opportunity of the meeting to highlight the need for a greater focus on cross border cooperation in Ireland as a means to further the social and economic regeneration on the 12 border counties, and the North West in particular. Such an approach would not only benefit these counties but the social and economic life of the island as a whole.

"Commissioner Hübner is in a key position to inform EU policy on both of these issues and I am looking forward to what I hope will be a positive and constructive meeting.' ENDS

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