MacManus welcomes PEACE PLUS and urges maximum participation
Sinn Féin Midlands-Northwest MEP Chris MacManus has welcomed the announcement of the €1.1bn PEACE PLUS programme. The new programme will support peace building in the border counties, north and south up to 2027.
“I warmly welcome today’s announcement. The EU’s Peace programmes have made a real and substantive difference to life for people and communities affected by conflict and I am delighted that this new programme is now formally being launched. I have engaged with the EU Commission and the Chair of the European Parliament’s Regional Development Committee on this issue and I wish to thank the EU for its ongoing involvement in peace building in our country.
Brexit has had a disastrous impact on many border communities and the entire region and I hope PEACE PLUS can go some way in mitigating that damage. It is a huge pity that due to DUP intransigence the northern executive is not operational today as this new programme is announced.
I have personal experience of the Peace programmes and have seen the great work it can do. I urge all groups and communities in our region to investigate the funding opportunities and to maximise the potential of PEACE PLUS.” ENDS