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EU Funding 2014-2020 part two

The Regional Development Minister said he would seek to ensure that Northern Ireland gained the maximum amount of funding from Europe, on 27 November 2012.

Danny Kennedy was responding to a Sinn Fein motion which called on him to work with the Irish Government to advance the "pre-identified" projects list for inclusion in the next round of EU funding for 2014-2020.

Mr Kennedy said the regulations were in draft form and he could not make any commitments until the projects list was finalised.

Sinn Fein's Declan McAleer said now was the time to work hard to make sure projects were included before the list was completed.

Mr Kennedy also said he was supportive of the UK's negotiating position but was engaging with Westminster, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Irish government over regional concerns.

The TUV's Jim Allister said the UK was a "huge net contributor to the EU" and he believed that Northern Ireland should not be "chasing it (funding) with some sort of begging bowl".

"I am not one of those who fawns over the generosity of the EU - it is a fake generosity," he said.

The SDLP's Colum Eastwood said his party had a pro-European stance when he spoke in support of his party's amendment.

The Sinn Fein motion, amended by the Alliance Party, was passed on an oral vote.

The second part of the debate can be viewed here.

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