Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has written to EU Commissioner Phil Hogan calling on him to help struggling dairy farmers.
Ms Anderson said;
“Our dairy farmers have been facing a mounting crisis over recent months with falling milk prices threatening their livelihoods.
“The collapse in milk prices is a global problem and Sinn Féin has been to the fore in helping our dairy farmers.
“Sinn Féin Agriculture Minister O’Neill has been meeting with farmers and banks regularly to do everything she can to support the dairy sector.
“She has also repeatedly called on EU Agriculture Commissioner to intervene to help struggling dairy farmers by increasing the EU intervention price, which has been at the same level since 2008.
“I have now written to Commissioner Hogan supporting the call for the intervention price to the raised in order to address the current crisis.
“I am also calling on the Commissioner to meet with Michelle O’Neill as a matter of urgency to outline what steps he is taking to support the dairy industry.”
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has paid tribute to the crew of the Irish naval vessel, LÉ Niamh, for their work in saving the lives of migrants in the Mediterranean.
Ms Anderson said;
“The scale of the growing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean is distressing and shocking with hundreds losing their lives every week.
“Just this week the Irish Naval vessel, LÉ Niamh, rescued more than 125 migrants who had made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean.
“This brings to more than 1,600 the number of lives the crew of the LÉ Niamh have saved since they were deployed to the region.
“I pay tribute to the crew of the LÉ Niamh for their vital lifesaving efforts which prevented further tragedies.
“The international community, and the European Union in particular, have a responsibility to help prevent further deaths in the Mediterranean.
“European border policies should be informed by the need to save lives and humanitarian concerns.
“The life-saving work of rescuers like those of the LÉ Niamh highlights the need for urgent action from Europe.”
Sinn Féin MEPs Martina Anderson, Liadh Ní Riada, Lynn Boylan and Matt Carthy give their regular monthly political update to the electorate of Ireland.
Joint First Minister of the 6 County Executive Martin McGuinness MLA along with the Mayor of Derry and Strabane Cllr Elisha McCallion officially opened MEP Martina Anderson’s new European office in Derry.
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the EU should not be funding Israeli organisations, which are involved in breaching international human rights laws.
Speaking after sending a letter signed by 79 MEPs to senior EU officials, Ms Anderson said;
“There is widespread concern among Palestinian groups about some of the Israeli groups accessing funding from the Horizon 2020 program.
“Those views are shared by a growing number of MEPs who are concerned that current EU guidelines to assist international law do not go far enough.
“Palestinian groups have brought it to our intention a report by the Stop the Wall group detailing financial assistance given to Israeli military and security companies who are involved in violations of international law.
“I circulated a letter to MEPs outlining these concerns and that letter has now been signed by 79 MEPs and has been sent to Fedrica Morgherni, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs.
“The international community and the EU in particular have a responsibility to support the Palestinian people and challenges breaches of international law.”
Sinn Féin Martina Anderson will host a session on accessing European funding in Antrim next week.
Speaking ahead of the event, Ms Anderson said;
“Huge funding opportunities exist in Europe for community groups and others across the North.
“Earlier this year I attended an information session in Farranshare House in Antrim organised by Declan Kearney. At that event I said I would come back in the summer for a follow-up session.
“That will now be held on Monday in the Dunsilly Hotel. A panel of experts including Collette Fitzgerald from the EU Commission Office and representatives from Intertrade Ireland and Derry City Council will be speak at the event.
“It is important community organisations and local businesses are aware of the huge potential for funding opportunities in Europe and are well placed to avail of them.”