Published: Tue, 14 May 2013
Special EU Programmes Body … In 1994, following the announcement of the IRA Ceasefire, the then President of the Commission Jacques Delors, told the world that the EU would play its part in building a lasting peace in Northern Ireland.
As a result, a fund to promote peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the border counties was set up. Since its inception in 1995 and until the end of the third phase in 2013, it will have committed almost €2 billion of EU funds to attain this objective.
The peace and stability which Northern Ireland has enjoyed as a result is a clear deliverable for all of us to see.
It has focused on everything from literally building bridges to building cultural bridges, such as the ‘Developing a Shared Youth Society through Sport’