27/02/2004

BCC commits itself to fostering EU partnerships

Belfast City Council has re-iterated its commitment to fostering and maintaining international alliances in the EU during a pan-European network conference on Friday.

The opening of the 12th meeting of Interact, a pan-European network of cities working in the field promoting best practice in strategic urban governance, brought together leading senior politicians and civil servants from across the EU including two from the new member states, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Stressing the councils willingness to share its experiences of the benefits of European Union membership with those regions acceding to the EU later this year, Councillor Ian Crozier, Chairman of Belfast City Council’s Development Committee, said that networks such as Interact were key to achieving the Council’s goal of establishing Belfast as a modern and dynamic European capital.

“European assistance and co-operation has been invaluable in getting us to where we are today – and, in return, we are committed to engaging actively with our European partners.

"The rejuvenation of Belfast is an example to other European cities of what can be achieved through the commitment and hard work of many, working together for the benefit of all," he said.

The Chairman also pointed out that Belfast City Council was demonstrating its commitment to engaging with the rest of Europe through a series of major initiatives, including the establishment of a dedicated European unit and active participation in networks such as Interact, Eurocities and Quartieres en Crise. The success of the Belfast Gasworks Employment Matching Service (GEMS) and the work of Belfast’s five area partnership boards in driving regeneration at both local and citywide levels was just a number of initiatives being highlighted over the course of the two days, Councillor Crozier concluded.

(MB)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

16 August 2019
New Children's Writing Fellow Appointed
Local author Kelly McCaughrain has been announced as the new Seamus Heaney Children's Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland. An award-winning writer, Kelly will be based at Queen's University Belfast for the next two years, working with students and engaging in outreach activities.
16 August 2019
Alleged UVF Threats Made At Lisnasharragh
An alleged UVF threat has been made against contractors working on a leisure centre in east Belfast. It is understood that work may be halted at Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre, the site of the former Robinson Centre, due to threats lodged by the paramilitary group.
23 July 2009
Belfast 'Twelfth' Was Shopping Hit
Initial feedback on the commercial impact of Belfast shops being open over the traditional 'Twelfth' celebration has been excellent. This year's event, titled 'Orangefest' on 13 July witnessed Belfast city centre shops opening on the day of the parades for the first time.
12 October 2004
City Hall prepares for bookworm invasion
Belfast City Hall is preparing itself for an invasion of young bookworms later this month. Belfast City Council is teaming up with two major cultural festivals, Young at Art and the Belfast Festival at Queen’s, to open up the world of children’s literature.
05 April 2004
Business membership figures show 'massive' increase
Figures released today by Belfast City Centre Management and the Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce show a massive increase in the number of businesses joining their joint membership scheme.