The Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD today marked Europe Day, Thursday May 9th, with the launch of two publications as part of a campaign called EU in My Region, which tells the stories of some of the many diverse projects that have been supported by European funds. Europe Day, May 9th, is an annual celebration of the peace and prosperity achieved within the European Union since its formation.
The publications feature case studies of projects funded by Ireland’s European Structural and Investment Funds Programmes in the Border, Midland, and Western Regions of Ireland. The brochures were created by the Northern and Western Regional Assembly to showcase the benefits of EU funding in their region.
Minister Donohoe launched the publications this morning, with a speech outlining the value of Ireland’s membership of the European Union, and reflecting on the National Statement on the European Union, which will inform Ireland’s contribution to the Union’s next five year Strategic Agenda.
Minister Donohoe also brought attention to the European Parliament’s awareness campaign “this time I am voting”, saying:
Minister Donohoe concluded the launch by commending the NWRA on the ‘EU in my Region’ publications, stating that the case studies selected demonstrate real European added value in a very visible and positive way, and clearly show how both EU and Irish Exchequer investment is working for citizens in the Border, Midland and Western Region.
Mr. David Minton, Director of Northern and Western Regional Assembly noted that the Northern and Western Region comprises of eight counties with two airports; 45,000 businesses coupled with 140 FDI multinationals, and thriving cultural and tourism centres – and that key to these achievements has been the investment of €5 billion in Cohesion funding. He noted that European funding had not just simply been about critical investment in roads and water treatment plants and other infrastructure, but has facilitated growth in our towns, enabled the distribution of goods and the creation of prosperity through ground-breaking research projects and other innovative schemes.
Mr Minton added: