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08-02-2013

Public seminar : proposed Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived

The purpose of this public seminar is to deepen awareness and understanding in Ireland and to get feedback on the proposed new Fund, as it makes it way through the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.  To register please contact MEP Emer Costello's office on (01) 87.46.109 or email: emer.costello@ep.europa.eu before Thursday 7 February. Places are limited.

 

INVITATION FROM EMER COSTELLO

Friday 8 February, 11.30 am - 2.00 pm

European Parliament, 43 Molesworth St, Dublin 2


I have recently been appointed as European Parliament Rapporteur for the draft regulation establishing a Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived.

The proposed Fund is a €2.5bn programme intended to replace and build upon the existing EU Food Distribution Programme, running from 2014-2020.

This is an important and positive European Union initiative and I am very keen to see it take effect as planned from 2014. As part of my work as Rapporteur, I am currently consulting with Irish-based interest groups, legislators, individuals and organisations interested in this Fund.

In this regard, I would like to invite you to a Public Seminar on The Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived, from 11.30am-2pm on Friday, 8 February, at the European Parliament office, 43 Molesworth St, Dublin 2.

The purpose of this event is to deepen awareness and understanding in Ireland of this initiative and to get your feedback on the proposed new Fund, as it makes its way through the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.

Speakers will include:

Emer Costello MEP, European Parliament Rapporteur
Pervenche Beres MEP, Chair of the EP's Employment and Social Affairs Committee
Ms Adriana Sukova-Tosheva, Employment Directorate-General, European Commission
Paul Ginnell, European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland
Representative of the Dept. of Agriculture (To be confirmed)

Places at the seminar are limited. If you would like to attend or send a representative to this seminar, please register by contacting me at emer.costello@ep.europa.eu or (01) 8746109 before Thursday 7 February.

Best regards,

Emer Costello MEP

AGENDA

11.30 Registration (Refreshments provided)

12.00 Welcome and introduction - The proposed Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD): Emer Costello MEP, European Parliament Rapporteur

12.15 Why the EU needs FEAD: Ms Adriana Sukova-Tosheva, European Commission, DG Employment (tbc)

12.30 Ireland's experience with the EU Food Distribution Programme: Representative of the Department. of Agriculture (tbc)

12.45 Reaching agreement on FEAD - key issues and challenges at EU level: Pervenche Beres MEP (S&D), Chair, EP's Employment & Social Affairs Committee

1.05 How can FEAD help combat poverty and social exclusion? : Paul Ginnell, European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland

1.20 Questions & Answers

1.50 Closing Remarks

2.00 Lunch Provided