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Sean Kelly chairs EU Funding meeting in Tralee

Published: Fri, 12 October 2018

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Seán Kelly MEP hosted a special briefing on EU Funding Opportunities today in the Institute of Technology Tralee. A panel of expert speakers joined Mr. Kelly to outline to Irish citizens what funding is available to them and how best to benefit from it.

“Having held a series of meetings on EU funding around the Ireland South constituency, I am delighted to host one in my home county,” the Fine Gael MEP said this morning.

“As negotiator on InvestEU for the European Parliament’s Industry, Research & Energy Committee, I see the huge opportunities available and I believe it is very important that citizens make the most of those.”

“InvestEU is one of the flagship programmes of the new EU budget so it is crucial that the public are aware of how to avail of the programme before its implementation in 2021.”

The Ireland-South MEPs welcomed speakers Merete Clausen, Head of Unit from the European Commission’s DG Economic and Financial Affairs, Cormac Murphy, Head of EIB Group Office for Ireland, Dr Imelda Lambkin, National Director for Horizon 2020, Enterprise Ireland, Seán de Buitléar, EU Projects Manager/Communication Officer at South Kerry Development Partnership CLG, and Liz Gavin, Managing Director and Founder, Eur Digital Village.

“I am very grateful to have such excellent speakers here today as there has been huge interest from my constituents in learning more about funding in Europe,” said the leader of the Fine Gael delegation in the European Parliament.

“InvestEU will be more targeted in terms of EU policy objectives. The programme will prioritise risk leveraging and ensuring money flows to good projects that would not otherwise have been funded.”

“Today was a great chance to explain the ins and out of the programme to the public, and for citizens to ask the experts any questions they have on the topic.”

“I look forward to continuing my work on this in Brussels, where I will look to ensure the establishment of an InvestEU advisory hub in every member state, with a firm focus on smaller businesses, and a clear sustainability aspect to the fund.”

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