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Bairbre de Brún to host PEACE III seminar in South Belfast

23 February, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún will host an event for community groups and activists from across Belfast to discuss the next round of PEACE funding for the period 2007 - 2013. The EU has pledged €200 million in funding for the next seven years, subject to overall agreement on the EU budget.

The seminar will take place tomorrow (Friday 24th February) at 12.00 noon in the Middleton room at the Wellington Park Hotel in South Belfast.

Speaking in advance of Friday‚s event Ms de Brún said:

"The EUs commitment to a PEACE III programme is extremely important. It is recognition that the peace process still needs bedding down and is recognition of the vital work being carried out by community groups across the six counties and the border regions.

"Friday's event provides an opportunity for community groups and activists from across Belfast to inform us of their hopes for the roll-out of a PEACE III and to discuss the way forward.

"Sinn Féin has been proactive in ensuring that this funding was secured. Over the past two to three years we have pressed the case for PEACE III with both the British and Irish Governments as well as holding a number of meetings with the EU Commissioner for Regional Development, Danuta Hubner, and community organisations across the North." ENDS

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