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Skills seminar for community and voluntary organisations in Waterford tomorrow

On Wednesday, 3 November, Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly will join speakers from the European Anti-Poverty Network, from the Irish Regions Office and from the European Parliament's Office in Ireland, as part of a skills seminar for community and voluntary organisations on influencing EU policy and obtaining EU funding.  

This one-day seminar will take place at the Europe Direct Centre in Waterford and is being organised as part of the Communicating Europe Initiative.  The seminar's objective is to increase the capacity of organisations involved in community development, education and training, or labour market activation, to help individuals and families struggling as a result of the current economic crisis.  

A similar seminar was held in Castlebar on Monday and a final seminar will be held in Dublin on Thursday.

Venue: Europe Direct Centre, Waterford

Date: 3 November

Time: 11am

Speaking ahead of the event, Mr Kelly said that 'active citizenship is of utmost importance to society' and that 'community and voluntary organisations are of enormous benefit to Irish public life.'  

Aiden Lloyd, Director of the European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland said that 'the community infrastructure that took nearly three decades to build up is in danger of collapse due to cuts to programme funding.   The situation is particularly stark in rural areas, where the risk of poverty can be nearly twice as high as in urban areas.'

Francis Jacobs, Head of the European Parliament Office in Ireland, said that 'it is important to encourage local organisations to engage with the EU institutions and, in particular, with the European Parliament through their local MEPs.  Irish MEPs now play a vital role in approving the EU's budget and, most importantly, in the formulation and approval of EU laws.  As 2011 is the European Year of Volunteering, the EU institutions will be involved in a number of activities in this area.'

These seminars are being organised by the European Anti-Poverty Network, with the assistance of the European Parliament Office in Ireland, the European Commission Representation in Ireland, the Irish Regions Office in Brussels and the Europe Direct Centre in Waterford.  The seminars are part-funded by the Communicating Europe Initiative.


For further information, please contact Eimear Ní Bhroin, Press Officer, at or 086 8559423 or Paul Ginnell, Policy and Support Worker at the EAPN Ireland on 087 6402200.

Programme for the event