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Presidents Barroso and Van Rompuy welcome UK announcement on Northern Ireland as G8 Summit venue
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21/11/2012 00:00:00

President Barroso and President Van Rompuy welcome the announcement made by Prime Minister Cameron to hold the G8 Summit under the UK Presidency in Northern Ireland. This choice underlines the transformation that has taken place in Northern Ireland, to which the European Union has contributed, notably through the Peace Programme of funding for projects which help reconcile communities.
The President of the European Council and the President of the Commission confirm their participation in the Summit - which will take place on June 17 -18, 2013 - and look forward to working with Prime Minister Cameron for a successful G8 Presidency.

    President Barroso and President Van Rompuy


    In addition to mainstream forms of EU financial support from the Structural Funds and the CAP, the European Union has contributed  over 1.3 billion euros to the Special EU Programmes for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland since 1995 to date. The EU is also a contributor to the International Fund for Ireland. EU support for peace-building and conflict resolution in Northern Ireland is not confined only to the PEACE programmes but the EU institutions have sought to encourage greater NI participation in EU programmes and networks to help build greater prosperity and social inclusion right for everybody in  Northern Ireland . This is underpinned by the special EU Commission Task Force for the region established by President Barroso personally in May 2007.

    Links to the EU programmes in NI and information on the Task Force are available on this website.

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    • For more information, Jeanette Thornton, European Commission Office in Northern Ireland, Tel: 028 9024 0708, Email:

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