Northern Ireland: MEPs to advocate maintaining EU regional funding post Brexit
Pursuing the EU PEACE and Interreg programmes for Northern Ireland, is crucial to its peaceful development, MEPs are set to say on Tuesday.
To allow peace-building work to continue as the EU Commission intends, EU regional funding should be maintained at an adequate level post-2020, says a non-legislative resolution, drafted by Derek Vaughan (S&D, UK). Young people from Northern Ireland should be enabled to continue participating in Erasmus+ programmes after Brexit, it adds. The text will be debated on Monday and voted on Tuesday.
Northern Ireland in particular has benefited from special cross-border and inter- and cross-community programmes, such as the PEACE Programme.
Since 1995, more than €1.5 billion has been invested to strengthen cohesion between communities involved in the conflict in Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland, and promote economic and social stability, especially in disadvantaged, rural and border areas.
Procedure: non-legislative resolution
Debate: Monday, 10 September
Vote: Tuesday, 11 September