Huge opportunities exist in Europe to promote cross the digital agenda in Derry and Donegal, Martina Anderson MEP has said.
Ms Anderson was speaking after meeting the European Regions Network for the Application of Communications Technology (ERNACT) in the European Parliament in Brussels.
SDLP councillor and former Mayor of Derry, Gerard Diver, also attended the meeting to discuss opportunities for the North West.
Speaking after the meeting, Ms Anderson said; “There are real opportunities in the North West including Project Kelvin, the link with the science park regarding data storage and at Magee with digital media and I would encourage ERNACT to take a leading role in ensuring that the European directives on the likes of hi-speed broadband, e-government and e-commerce are rolled out.
“It is about ERNACT grabbing these opportunities that currently exist and those that will present themselves in the future.”
Ms Anderson also said ERNACT needs to make efforts to secure European funding. “There will be much EU funding available will be allocated through the European parliament to support these initiatives and ensure that regions throughout Europe can be ready for business in the 21st century.
“It is imperative that ERNACT are right at the centre in securing these funds for the development of the Derry-Donegal border region.
Additionally, the organisations in Europe’s regions that manage these INTERREG programmes must become familiar with Digital Agenda concepts including the roll out of broadband and the creation of a single digital market,” she said.