(11 September 2018) – The European Parliament views the experience of Northern Ireland as an example of the success of the EU’s cohesion policy. As Brexit draws nearer, MEPs are demanding that the EU keep funding projects in the region to preserve peace.
Over the years, Northern Ireland has benefited greatly from EU regional development assistance. However, the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the bloc in March next year might change that.
In a report after a recent fact-finding mission to the region, MEPs concluded that Cohesion Policy “has had a resoundingly positive effect,” particularly in deprived urban and rural areas, and has helped “to improve the economic and social situation of Northern Ireland following the implementation of the peace process.”
The report, backed by a large majority in the Parliament’s plenary on Tuesday (11 September), calls on the Commission to keep funds streaming to the region. (EurActiv)