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24 November 2008


Parliament Buildings played host today to the President of the European Parliament.

The President, Professor Hans-Gert Pöttering, met with the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr William Hay, MLA and addressed Assembly Members on the current challenges facing the EU.

Welcoming Professor Pöttering, the Speaker said, “We are always honoured to welcome parliamentarians from other legislatures and are particularly pleased to see the President of the European Parliament here at Parliament Buildings.

“ Northern Ireland has received strong and much appreciated support from the European Union, and President Pöttering’s visit coincides with a renewed interest among our Members in how our Assembly should relate to the institutions of Europe.”

Professor Pöttering has been President of the European Parliament since January 2007, having served in the European Parliament continuously since the first elections in 1979 .

Notes to editors

The President’s address to Assembly Members took place in the Senate Chamber of Parliament Buildings.

Before his address to MLAs President Pottering met with business people and MLAs who work together within the Assembly and Business Trust.

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