Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has put forward an alternative resolution to a report on “sound” economic governance that could potentially save cuts to EU funding streams such as INTERREG and PEACE.
Speaking from Strasbourg, Ms Anderson said,
“Many groups and organisations that get access to European Structural and investment funds such as INTERREG and PEACE I – IV deliver much needed services to our communities.
“I have worked closely with many of these organisations and therefore I have put forward an alternative resolution to a report proposed by MEPs from the Alliance of Socialists and Democrats on what is called “sound” economic governance.
“Article 23 from within the Common Provision Regulationslinks investments co-financed through European Structural and Investment Funds to national deficits. By doing this, it imposes austerity policies on local and regional authorities for budgetary issues beyond their control.
MEP for the six counties, Ms Anderson continues,
“Forced reprogramming and suspension of funds under this provision will cause significant harm, particularly to vulnerable regions and Member States still suffering from the economic and social crisis.
“The resolution that I am proposing demands that the Commission does not use Article 23, as it is a destructive mechanism that further entrenches austerity policies, and threatens to undermine the goals of cohesion policy, and immediately move for its review.
“Both Sinn Féin and GUE/NGL are fundamentally opposed to the mechanism of macro-economic conditionality and we do not accept that the purpose of Article 23 is achieving a more sustainable and efficient cohesion policy. It is about imposing anti-social diktats to strengthen and deepen a failing Monetary Union.” ENDS