Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin with the panel of speakers at the Horizon 2020 Information seminar in Derry on Friday.
Sinn Fein’s Maeve McLaughlin said the “capacity and resources” are now in place to ensure Derry benefits from the Horizon 2020 funding stream - set to become available across the EU in 2014.
Ms McLaughlin was speaking while hosting an Horizon 2020 information seminar in the city last Friday attended by a specialist Contacts Team, appointed to ensure a greater share of EU funds is awarded to the north.
“It’s great to have the Contacts Team in Derry. We want to impress upon them that Derry is ready for the challenges of Horizon 2020 and is ready to make full use of their support,” she said.
“I know that many of the people in this room have worked hard to secure funding from the EU and have done so successfully. But we have the potential to drawn down far more than we’ve done to date.Sinn Féin’s campaign to Stand up for Derry has now moved into Planning for Derry mode. We want everybody to know that Derry is open for business. £70 billion of funding is available.It’s competitive but we can access our share because we have the capacity and the resources in place.”
Horizon 2020 is the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.