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Tánaiste outlines the new Government’s approach to Europe

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., this morning addressed the European Policy Centre in Brussels outlining the new government’s approach to Europe in the wake of the economic and financial crisis.   The EPC is an independent and influential policy think-tank on EU matters and brings together representatives of the professional and business federations, trade unions, as well as NGOs representing a broad range of interests.   The Tánaiste will later attend a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers. 

The Tánaiste outlined the measures which the Government has taken to stabilise the economy and the banking system and he pledged to restore Ireland's standing as a committed and influential member of the European Union. 

A key message was that - with the help of our European partners and in the right European policy framework - a resourceful and resilient Ireland will overcome even the most daunting challenges and work and fight its way back to growth, prosperity and jobs.

Full text of the Tánaiste’s remarks: