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Committee Calls for Better European Links

Session: 2009/2010

Date: 26 January 2010

Reference: COFMDFM 01/09/10

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister has called for better links with Europe.

Chairperson, Mr Danny Kennedy said: “There are opportunities for better employment opportunities, training and education by working closely with Europe. Promoting Northern Ireland, its industries and its skills is the essential to ensure growth and development.

“It is imperative that the Northern Ireland Assembly’s role in Europe is enhanced. The European Union produces legislation on matters that affect our every day lives. We can input into this legislation and ensure that Northern Ireland is represented through improved relationships. The Lisbon Treaty has created a role for regional parliaments in the early influencing of legislation.

“We in the Committee believe that the Executive and the Assembly cannot do this alone. Local authorities and voluntary organisations have also a valuable contribution to make in sharpening Northern Ireland’s focus on Europe and its Institutions.”

The Report, entitled Consideration of European Issues, contained recommendations for the Northern Ireland Executive, the Assembly Commission and the Speaker together with actions for the Assembly’s statutory committees.

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