Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson will host a major conference on disability rights later this year.
The Sinn Féin MEP said; “As vice chair of the European Parliament’s intergroup on disability, I will be hosting a major international conference on disability rights later this year.
“The ‘United for Rights’ conference will be held in the Carrickdale hotel, Carrickarnon on November 4.
“It will bring together a range of experts to discuss issues around inclusion and dignity for people with disabilities.
“We will also look at current rights provision and how those rights could be threatened by Brexit and the British government’s plans to scrap the Human Rights Act.
“It is vitally important that the rights of people with disabilities is protected and I’m looking forward to this event to inform future policy decisions.”
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on the European Union to do more to assist the Basque peace process.
Speaking at an event at the European Parliament in Brussels organised by the Basque Friendship Group, Ms Anderson said;
“Ten years ago in October 2006 a declaration of support for the Basque resolution process was adopted by the European Parliament.
“It called upon the European institutions to support the Basque peace process and play an active role in its resolution.
“Ten years on that resolution remains in place. However, the EU has not done as much as it could to advance the peace process in line with the declaration passed by the parliament.
“The Basque conflict is the last of its kind in the EU and there is an onus on the European institutions to play a role in helping to resolve it.”
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the best interests of the business community will not be served by leaving the European Union.
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the Irish government should challenge the Presidency of the Council of the European Union to respect the democratic mandate of the people of the North.
Ms Anderson said;
“The British government has now announced it is withdrawing from its planned presidency of the Council of the European Union which is due to begin in mid 2017.
“It is not yet clear who will replace them but whichever member state takes up the role they need to recognise and respect the democratic vote of the majority of people in the North to remain in the EU.
“The Irish government in particular has a role to play in engaging with both the existing and incoming presidencies to ensure the views of the people of the North are respected.
“We can’t allow the votes of people in England to dictate our future.”
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed moves by Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir to speed up access to EU funding.
Ms Anderson said;
“I am pleased that my party colleague and Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has taken steps to sped up access to Peace IV and Interreg funding.
“As an MEP I regularly meet with groups who access these funding streams and one of their major concerns is the level of bureaucracy around accessing funding.
“By increasing the delegated authority level from £2million to £5million, the Finance Minister has shortened the approval process.
“Access to EU funding is vital for many groups across the North and it is essential we improve access to and retain this key opportunity.
“The people of the North made it clear that they want to remain in the EU and that vote must be recognised.”