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Visit of the Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Germany Dr. Guido Westerwelle

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin T.D., will meet the Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Germany, Dr. Guido Westerwelle, in Dublin on Thursday 2 September.

The meeting follows on from Minister Martin’s visit to Germany last April, providing a further opportunity to exchange views with Minister Westerwelle on the current EU agenda and a range of bilateral and international issues.

In the context of the forthcoming European Council on 16 September, the items to be covered will include the EU’s approach to managing its relations with major global partners, now that the Lisbon Treaty arrangements are in place, and the ongoing work of the Taskforce on Economic Governance chaired by European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy.

Note for editors

The Taskforce on Economic Governance was established by EU leaders in March to report on the future economic governance in the European Union. The Task Force was requested to propose measures to bring about better budgetary discipline and an improved crisis resolution framework.   Three full Task Force meetings have taken place since May and the next meeting will take place on 6 September.