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Visit of Minister Creighton to Brussels

The Minister of State with special responsibility for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton T.D., is in Brussels today for a series of meetings as part the Government’s strategy of reengaging with EU partners and institutions on the major issues on the EU agenda. The Minister is accompanying the Minister for Finance to a meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) and following the Council tomorrow they are scheduled to meet Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski who has responsibility for financial programming and budget.  

Commenting on her programme, the Minister said:   

“Following my visits to Paris and Berlin last week, I am returning to Brussels today to meet senior representatives of the institutions to underline the commitment of the Government to working with them to overcome the challenges facing us in Europe. I also want set out the range of measures we are taking to confront Ireland’s economic difficulties and the strength of our determination to overcome them.  I am particularly looking forward to meeting Irish people who are working here in Brussels and to publicly recognise the valuable contribution they make to Europe.” 

Minister Creighton will meet the Secretary General of the European Parliament, Klaus Welle, to review the enhanced role of the Parliament following the introduction the Lisbon Treaty and to consider cooperation with the Parliament during Ireland’s Presidency in 2013, now just 18 months away. The Minister will then meet Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič who has responsibility for Inter-institutional Relations and Administration. Among the items on their agenda, the Minister will discuss ways of increasing Irish representation on the staff of the European institutions.

The Minister will have the opportunity to meet Sharon Bowles, the Chair of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee which has responsibility for matters relating to taxation and competition policies, and the regulation of financial services. 

At a reception this evening for Irish officials working in the European institutions, Minister Creighton will acknowledge their contribution to the European Union and recall Ireland’s distinguished record in the European Union over the past four decades. The Minister will later attend the annual Brussels Irish University Alumni dinner.  

While in Brussels, the Minister will give an interview to European Voice, a newspaper devoted to European affairs that is part of The Economist Group.