British Irish Agreement Act 1999

2.1 The body will advise the NSMC and finance ministries in negotiations with the European Commission on Community Initiatives (IAC) and the Joint Chapter on Cooperation between Northern Ireland and Ireland as part of the Structural Fund plans for the next funding round for 2000-2006. It is invited to present, after consultation with all relevant interests, proposals for the application of the CIS after 1999 and the common chapter, which take into account the EU`s political objectives, best meet the political objectives of the Irish Government and Northern Ireland ministers and take due account of the needs of the target regions. With regard to the areas of competence defined in this area, the Council of the Body is reaffirmed in the context of: – The agreement reaffirms a commitment to “mutual respect, civil rights and religious freedoms of all within the Community”. The multi-party agreement recognized “the importance of respect, understanding and tolerance with regard to linguistic diversity,” particularly with regard to the Irish language, Ulster Scots and the languages of other ethnic minorities in Northern Ireland, “all of which are part of the cultural richness of the Island of Ireland.” 1.4 The panel`s functions with regard to the Irish language are carried out by an Irish language agency on the panel. The Agency`s working language will be Irish, subject to the provisions of the financial memorandum. Subject to the panel`s agreement, the Agency decides on its own title. In carrying out the functions of the panel, the Irish Language Agency will take into account the positions of the Irish language in both legal orders. In Northern Ireland, this will be the UK Government`s commitment to the “Rights, Protections and Equal Opportunity” section of the multi-party agreement and any relevant legislation. In Ireland, this position will be the constitutional and legal position of the Irish language, the policy of the Irish Government and the measures and practices put in place to promote and promote the language. 1.4 With effect from the date on which the law can be set in the various legal systems after the NSMC agreement, the body assumes responsibility for – The political parties in Northern Ireland that approved the agreement have also been invited to consider the creation of an independent advisory forum, representing civil society and with members with expertise on social issues , cultural, economic and other, appointed by both administrations.