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Building trust in divided communities : Commissioner Hahn opens event to share experience of EU PEACE Programme

(31 January 2013)

Building trust in divided communities : Commissioner Hahn opens event to share experience of EU PEACE Programme

Excerpts from his speech:

"Peace could never have taken root in Northern Ireland, were it not for the work of committed people in both communities who worked tirelessly, often at their own risk."

"The European Union grew out of a determination to replace war with stability and prosperity. It is therefore natural that the EU supports financially and otherwise, the peace process in Northern Ireland and the border regions of Ireland."

"Some may be surprised to discover that the PEACE programme is covered by the Structural Funds. But they should not be. Today's regional policy is an instrument to deliver the EU's ambitions – contributing to the creation of jobs, growth, and yes, peace."

"Whatever the final outcome of the budget negotiations, it is clear that cross-community and cross-border work should continue, with the support of the EU funds available."

"It is a tribute to those who have worked on the PEACE programmes that there has already been interest from all around the world in its achievements: from Russia, Palestine, the Balkans, Colombia, South Korea. This is something to be proud of."

See his full speech