More EU funding could be available for Northern Ireland
Countries experiencing difficulty with ethnic division could learn from Northern Ireland, according to EU Regional Commissioner Danuta Hubner.
Ms Hubner said lessons from conflict resolution in NI could be exported around the world, with countries such as China, Brazil and Russia benefiting.
She is heading a European task force set up by Brussels last year to support economic growth in Northern Ireland.
Ms Hubner will visit Belfast on 14 April to present her findings.
"The commission services have recognised the potentially valuable contribution which the experience of the Northern Ireland peace process could make in conflict prevention, resolution and peace building in other parts of the world," she said.
"It could be envisaged that this would give rise to cooperation with third countries, specifically on peace and reconciliation issues as promoted under the Peace Programmes and which could benefit from expertise gathered within Northern Ireland."
She also said the impact of 30 years of conflict had left Northern Ireland struggling with an over-reliance on the public sector and in need of foreign investment.
The Peace Programme Initiative has poured millions of pounds into the economy north and south of the Irish border.
The commission has said Northern Ireland could still tap into unexploited EU grants.
However, Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson said Ms Hubner's report was unworkable without any extra money.
"Coupled with insufficient funds in the peace programme to meet the needs of victims and others, this report has failed to address Northern Ireland's severe structural deficit, where we fell so far behind the rest of Europe because of terrorist violence," he said.