Tánaiste to take forward agreement on EU budget8/2/13
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., has welcomed the agreement by the EU Heads of State and Government in Brussels this evening on an EU budget for 2014-2020. The Irish EU Presidency will now take forward the process with the European Parliament to obtain their consent for the budget package.
Speaking following the decision in Brussels the Tánaiste said:
“These have been long and difficult negotiations but we have reached what Ireland considers a fair agreement for all.
In particular I welcome the €6 billion allocation that has been ear-marked within the budget for a Youth Employment Initiative, which will tackle the pressing problem of youth unemployment. There is full expectation that Ireland will be one of the member states who will benefit rom this initiative.
This is a good day for Europe.
But we have work to do now. Gaining the support of the European Parliament is the next critical step. As Chair of the EU General Affairs Council I will now begin that process. The Irish Presidency, on behalf of the Council, will work to secure the consent of the Parliament to see this budget adopted quickly and implemented and I will be intensifying our contacts with the Parliament to achieve this.”