Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson recently hosted a delegation including Chambers of Commerce and other business interests from across the north west at the European Parliament in Brussels.
The delegation included Sinead McLaughlin from the local Chamber of Commerce, Richard Osterhaus from Derry City Council and Jim Roddy from the City Centre Initiative.
Speaking after the visit, Ms Anderson described the meetings as informative.
“In line with my commitment to bring Brussels to the people and bring the people to Brussels I have hosted a delegation representing almost every Chamber of Commerce and other business representative body in the North and border region at the EU Parliament.
“The visit gave the delegation an opportunity to meet the Director Generals (DGs) of all of the funding and support departments of the Commission. Very informative meetings were held with DGs in Research and Innovation and policy development in the area of small and medium sized enterprises (SME) as well as the urban dimension of cohesion policy and sustainable urban development.
“They also met with the Head of Unit: Access to Finance for SMEs and with Stephen Langley, Programme Manager Ireland and Britain responsible for Regional Development and ensuring compliance with the rules and the co-ordination of programmes for the North, South and East of Ireland.”