"Lion and Dragon" bid for Euro 2016

Plaid Cymru Member of the European Parliament Ms Jill Evans and group colleague
SNP MEP Mr Alyn Smith have thrown their weight behind the prospect of a joint Scottish and Welsh bid to
host football's European Championships in 2016.

The pair have written, jointly,
to the Presidents of the Scottish and Welsh Football Associations in advance of talks
between those bodies to thrash out the details of a prospective bid. The SNP
and Plaid Cymru co-operate in both the European and London Parliaments, sharing
staff and facilities.

Speaking from Brussels, Alyn Smith said:

"We're used enough to the camaraderie that the Rugby generates and this is
a great chance to showcase both our countries to the rest of Europe. Joint bids are the way of the future for UEFA
and I like the fact that there is an actual need for co-operation. The Scots
and the Welsh have already been working together for years and this is another extension of that.

"We know from our own experience in the European Parliament that working together
gets results, and I think it is only right we stress that any Scottish-Welsh
bid will have our full support."

Jill Evans added:

"This is a great chance for the Celts to shine, we know from our own experience
that we can work together well and it is only right that two such passionate
footballing nations work together to host the championships."