Europe and Brexit

Barroso report takes stock

Nick Clegg at the EC Seven years on from the launch of the Barroso task force, the European Commission has reviewed its success in a new report: Northern Ireland in Europe. José Manuel Barroso has just stepped down as President of the Commission.

The province’s uptake of R&D funding was particularly praised in the report, which was launched by Walter Deffaa, the Commission’s Director-General for Regional Policy, and Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service Malcolm McKibbin. Deffaa hoped that the task force would continue under the new Commission and remarked: “Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to see Northern Ireland as a best practice example of the new programmes – perhaps inspired by what Rory McIlroy is for world golf.”

He hoped to see the region continuing to strive for a leading position across European policy areas.

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