"Bringing Divided Communities Together" aims to highlight one of the European Union interventions in peace-building, namely the EU PEACE Programme within Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. The launch of the PEACE Programme in 1995 was the direct result of the European Union’s desire to respond positively to new opportunities in the Northern Ireland peace process during the paramilitary ceasefire announcements. Since then the EU has provided additional financial assistance through the PEACE II Programme as well as the current PEACE III (2007-2013). The programme features a genuine bottom-up involvement in its delivery and it aims to reconcile communities by creating a shared vision of society, building positive relations at local level as well as acknowledging and dealing with the past.
The centrepiece of the conference will be a number of innovative project testimonies from the PEACE Programme giving a detailed insight into the work accomplished and the impact that this work continues to have on people's lives. The plenary session will provide a platform to share experiences and explore to what degree the distinctive approaches of the PEACE programme could be relevant to other regions or countries throughout Europe and beyond.Please note that registration to the event is mandatory, including for participants working in EU institutions.
A draft agenda as well as updated information on the event are available on the event website of the European Commission, click here.
Thursday, 31 January, 2013 08:00 - 14:00Central Europe Time
Charlemagne BuildingGasperi RoomRue de la Loi 170Brussels 1000Belgium
Bringing Divided Communities Together Conference