Minister of State for European Affairs, Ms. Lucinda Creighton TD, has today commended the EU’s Contribution to Cross-Border Cooperation.
The Minister was speaking ahead of a visit to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre with the President of the European Parliament, H.E. Jerzy Buzek who is on an official two-day visit to Ireland.
The PEACE programmes, first created by the EU in 1994, have provided more than €1bn for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the six border counties. €589m is the total amount available under the PEACE III and INTERREG IVA Programmes for eligible projects from 2007 to 2013.
The Minister commented “the enormous contribution made by the EU to the promotion of peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland is a story that too often goes untold. I am delighted that President Buzek will today experience first-hand the excellent work carried out with the support of EU funding by groups hailing from communities North and South.”
In the next issue of the PAI Journal, published Friday, in an interview with Sarah Kilduff, Minister Creighton discusses Ireland’s relationship with the EU.