4 December 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A new €270 million EU Peace and Reconciliation Programme (Peace IV) announced in Brussels is a very important element in sustaining peace and enabling communities in the border region to grow and prosper, Mairead McGuinness MEP for Monaghan and Vice-President of the European Parliament said this week.

“Legacy issues from the conflict run long and deep and the Peace Programme has been integral to addressing these issues over the long term.

“The European Union perspective helped in bridging the divide initially and it is right that this sort of solidarity is there today and into the future to help nurture communities and grow opportunities for all – be it in health, education, enterprise, arts and culture or sport,” she said.

The PEACE IV Programme will focus on the following priorities:

  • €30 million will be provided for shared education projects that will increase contacts between pupils and teachers from all backgrounds. The programme will encourage schools to engage in shared education actions and provide training for teachers.
  • €57 million will be invested in the future of the next generation who, as research shows, is still negatively affected by the legacy of the conflict. The programme will invest in peer mentoring actions and local community youth initiatives to increase the interaction between children and young people from all backgrounds and promote respect for diversity.
  • €84.5 million have been earmarked for the creation of new shared services and spaces. The programme will support, for example, interventions for victims and survivors of the conflict, to address trauma, assess physical and mental health needs and assist families to engage in historical processes.
  • €44 million will be used to support local projects that will build mutual trust and understanding, involving sports, arts and culture as ways of facilitating interaction and mobility between residents from divided neighbourhoods.

The remainder of the funding will be used for technical assistance measures to ensure efficient implementation, monitoring and control of the programme.


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