My vision is that Northern Ireland will become a preferred European region of choice..

As the agreement that isn’t an agreement, yet, threatens to unravel, the [newly appointed? – Ed] Minister for Europe, David Hanson yesterday announced Northern Ireland’s first European strategy[pdf file] [where’s the speech gone? – Ed].. to the chagrin of one MEP for Northern Ireland who complained, “What we need now is new thinking and not more of the tired old approaches of the past.”.. Indeed..The NIO press release

HANSON LAUNCHES NORTHERN IRELAND’S FIRST EUROPEAN STRATEGY

Minister for Europe, David Hanson MP, has launched Northern Ireland’s first European strategy.

‘Taking Our Place in Europe’ maps out a framework for Northern Ireland’s engagement with Europe.

David Hanson said: “A region’s place in Europe is no longer defined by geography, but by how it relates to, and integrates with the broader European community.

“My vision is that Northern Ireland will become a preferred European region of choice for partnership working and within which to live, work, study and invest.

“Northern Ireland is ready to play its part in the expanding, dynamic Europe of the 21st century. We are confident in a world that is more inter-dependent than ever. The regions that will do well in this age of globalisation will be the ones that build the strongest alliances.”

Reflecting on networking and partnerships, David Hanson said: “We are not strangers to international co-operation. Over the last three years we have invested £6.5 million of Peace Programme funds in building European networks of co-operation between the people of Northern Ireland and continental Europe. In that time, we have created almost 40 international networks.”

Commenting on the timeliness of the Strategy, David Hanson said: “As we approach the 50th anniversary of the signing of Europe’s founding Treaty of Rome, it is appropriate that Northern Ireland maps out the positive and proactive role it will play in the Europe of the future.”

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  • jaun

    david hanson is unelected and does not represent the veiws of the people of Northern Ireland.

  • Nevin

    Whatever happened to the Northern Ireland Centre in Europe?

  • hopeofthestatelet

    Only missed the target for publication by 4 years then.

  • Animus

    Jaun – are you saying that the people Northern Ireland would prefer to fester alone on our own little corner on the edge of Europe? What exactly do you oppose in Hanson’s press release?

  • Greenflag

    ‘Visions ‘

    ? Has Hanson been wandering around the Sinai in the heat

    Part 1

    “We are not strangers to international co-operation.’

    LOL absoluteley brilliant .

    What Hanson left out was

    Part 2

    ‘Even though we’ve been totally unaquainted with internal co-operation in Northern Ireland since the State was established in 1920.

    ‘are you saying that the people Northern Ireland would prefer to fester alone on our own little corner on the edge of Europe?’

    Of course they are . Coming 140th in ranking for GDP out of 167 ‘regions’ is proof positive to a continuing determination on the part of NI and to accept low standards of expectation and even lower standards of performance from it’s elected politicians . Of course they could be just being ‘realisitic ‘!

    “Even th

  • zzzz

    What’s required is a repartition of the state. With p’s on one side and c’s on the other. Then everyone will be happy, and we won’t have to pretend to get along.

    ZZzzzzzzz……

  • Animus

    What about those of us who aren’t P or C?

  • Greenflag

    ‘What’s required is a repartition of the state. ‘

    Yes -it would save a lot of time and money for Irish and English taxpayers .

    ‘With p’s on one side and c’s on the other.’

    Not p’s and c’s ! -British Unionists one one side -Irish on the other .

    ‘Then everyone will be happy’

    Don’t be ridiculous . Simply not possible . There can be no reconciling what is constitutionally irreconcilable between the respective positions of the DUP and SF . All that can be hoped for is an agreed and fair repartition of the territory /cabbage patch .

    ‘ We won’t have to pretend to get along. ‘

    That’s right . Honesty is always the best policy.

    Anyway this NI Assembly is anti democratic in that it forces political parties to share power who would’nt cross the street to spit at each other ( they’d rather bate each other with baseball bats ) .

    And what of the opposition in this ‘devolution’ ?

    None ?

    I seem to recall that this was the main problem with Stormont 1920 to 1972 – i.e having no ‘opposition party’ or at least an opposition party that had a realistic chance of winning an election for Stormont .

    A charade of democracy – politically a disaster – and longer term a costly financial burden on the taxpayer .

    The Northern electorate know it . It’s just they have allowed the media hype of the spin doctors of the DUP and SF to hog the trough of a supposedly ‘new day’ .

    New day indeed .

    SF have become the Republican Unionist party and the DUP the Undemocratic Unionist Party . Fat pigs lining up at the trough of ‘political ‘ expediency .

  • Alan

    ‘With p’s on one side and c’s on the other.’

    Like “politic” ?

    Chop out the system of designation and start again. Let the prima donna parties fight to get into government, rather than playing assinine games of hokey-cokey with people’s futures. Who cares if some MLA’s have to sit in opposition for thirty or forty years.