Labour MEP Phil Prendergast and Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly this week met the two Tipperary local development companies who travelled to Brussels to engage with European policy makers in relation to proposals for reforms of the local development sector
South Tipperary Local Development Company and North Tipperary LEADER Partnership attended a briefing, hosted by the Irish Local Development Network, in the European Parliament on Tuesday 8th of January.
Speaking after the meeting Ms. Prendergast said “Having visited many of these projects and having seen the great work being done by these two organisations on the ground, I fully support the efforts being made by South Tipperary Local Development Company and North Tipperary LEADER Partnership to ensure that the local development sector remains viable and vibrant post 2013.
“My first priority is that the system going forward continues to ensure that local communities are able to take the lead in developing their own localities.
“Ireland is held up as a model for best practice in Europe in terms of the administration of LEADER funding and in terms of community led local development. I would be keen that any new arrangement would preserve our strong reputation at a European level in this area”.