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From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: Multiple recipients of list IRL-NEWS Subject: News Uploaded 02/22 1136 CST Date: 22 February 1995 12:44 Information from the mail header Sender: News and Articles From and About Ireland (IRL-NEWS@RUTVM1.rutgers.edu) Poster: "Robert J. Dooling" (WildeRove@AOL.COM) Subject: News Uploaded 02/22 1136 CST News ....... Jay Dooling PA 2/22/95 6:05 AM IMPORTANT EU ROLE FOR CROSS-BORDER BODY PA 2/22/95 6:04 AM IT'S ULSTER'S EVICTION NOTICE, SAYS DUP CHIEF PA 2/22/95 6:02 AM WIDE POWERS PLANNED FOR NEW ULSTER ASSEMBLY PA 2/22/95 5:59 AM CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES ALLOW PEOPLE TO DECIDE ULSTER'S PA 2/22/95 5:14 AM DOCUMENT PROPOSES CHARTER OF RIGHTS ********************************* IMPORTANT EU ROLE FOR CROSS-BORDER BODY PA 2/22/95 6:05 AM By Sian Clare, Political Correspondent, PA News A new cross-border body would be established to enable North and South to co-operate on a range of issues of mutual concern. It would carry out its functions, which include substantial powers in relation to the European Union, through a range of subsidiary bodies. Heads of department representing the Irish government and new democratic institutions in Northern Ireland will sit on the body which will be enshrined in the legislation of both Parliaments. The two governments, in agreement with the parties, will initially decide the range of matters to be covered by the body. Subsequently, the two administrations North and South will be able to designate issues to the body. People in relevant posts in each of the administrations would be obliged to serve on the body and all its decisions would be carried out by agreement between the two sides. It will discharge or oversee delegated executive, harmonising or consultative functions over a range of matters. It was the suggestion of the creation of a cross-border body with executive powers which infuriated the Unionists before today's document was even published. Both governments have agreed that the body would have an important role in developing an agreed approach for the whole island in respect of the EU. The body's executive powers would cover all EU programmes and initiatives to be implemented on a cross-border or island-wide basis. EXECUTIVE powers: In the case of these responsibilities, the body would be directly responsible for establishing an agreed policy and for implementing it on a joint basis. But it could suggest that existing bodies or new bodies carry out the agreed policy. Both governments are continuing to consider the range of functions that might, with the agreement of the parties, come into this category. The framework document says the functions would include sectors involving a natural or physical all-Ireland framework, EU programmes and initiatives, marketing and promotion activities abroad and culture and heritage. HARMONISING powers: These are likely to include aspects of agriculture and fisheries, industrial development, consumer affairs, transport, energy, trade, health, social welfare, education and economic policy. For example, the category of agriculture and fisheries might include research, training and advisory services and animal welfare. Health might include co-operative ventures in medical, paramedical and nursing training, cross-border provision of hospital services and major emergency/accident planning. Education might include mutual recognition of teacher qualifications, co-operative ventures in higher education, in teacher training, in education for mutual understanding and for specialised needs. A range of functions would also be carried out at a CONSULTATIVE level. The framework document stresses that any new Northern Ireland political structures must depend on the co-operation of the elected representatives in the province. Both governments accept that cross-community agreement is an essential requirement for the establishment and operation of such structures. They both strongly support the need for a provision for cross-community consensus in relation to decisions affecting the "basic rights, concerns and fundamental interests" of both communities. Although the "principles and overall context" of such structures are a "recognised concern" of both governments, they accept that they would be most effectively negotiated by the parties in Northern Ireland. The document says the new arrangements could return "power, authority and responsibility" to locally-elected representatives in Northern Ireland on a basis acceptable to both sides of the community.