The Commission announces the continuation of the Northern Ireland Task Force

Yesterday the European Commission announced the continuation of the Northern Ireland Task Force. Its work will help the region participate more actively in the EU policy process and fully benefit from EU programmes and projects fostering growth and jobs. President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said: “I welcome very much the useful contribution the Task Force has made to the promotion of socio-economic reconstruction and in that way to the consolidation of the ongoing peace process and securing reconciliation in Northern Ireland. The peace process in Northern Ireland requires continuing efforts and the Commission has a special role to play in this, as it also does in contributing to reinforce the region’s European engagement. I therefore believe that the Northern Ireland Task Force, with its valuable expertise, should continue to play an important role in the future.” Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Cre?u, responsible for the management of the work of the Northern Ireland Task Force, said: “With this renewed partnership, and in line with the priorities of the Commission, we will do everything we can to support growth and job creation in Northern Ireland, including on an all-island basis, as the region pursues the process of consolidating peace and reconciliation”.A press release is available online. (For more information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen – Tel.: +32 229 56186, Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr – Tel.: +32 229 56169)