Derry councillor appointed chair of EU group

A Derry councillor has been appointed the chair of a new group set up to draw down European funding for the North.

Sinn Féin councillor Maeve McLaughlin was chosen to lead the Inter-regional EU Policy Working Group at a meeting in Belfast at the weekend.

Colr. McLaughlin said he is looking forward to working with the group. “Over the past number of years I have been raising the issue of Derry missing out on millions in EU funding, so I think it’s very important to ensure that this city has a voice at the table.

“Over 70% of Domestic Legislation has its origins in Europe; we need to have an effective structure within local councils to adequately prepare local government for future European legislation and also to limit the negative aspects of it.

The next round of funding from Europe is in the period 2014/20, we need to begin right now to put together an effective plan in order to maximise the benefits that our European legislation entitles us to,” she said.