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Nicholson welcomes new EU post-Brexit peace fund proposal

Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson has welcomed proposals from the European Commission to continue funds for peace and cross border projects post-Brexit.

Jim Nicholson MEP said:            

“Communities across Northern Ireland have benefitted from the EU PEACE and INTERREG programmes. Since 1994, the PEACE programme alone has meant some €2billion in extra funding for Northern Ireland and the border region of the Republic of Ireland.

“I welcome the European Commission’s proposal this week for funds to continue under a new PEACE PLUS programme. Right from the start of the Brexit process the United Kingdom has likewise stated its intention for these programmes to be continued.

“While relations have become strained in many ways through the Brexit negotiating process, it is vital that we remain friendly neighbours with the EU, and build on the progress we have achieved over the past two decades.”  

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