Minister Creighton meets with European partners in Brussels23 May 2011
The Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton TD, is in Brussels today to attend meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council and General Affairs Council. Minister Creighton is also scheduled to have a series of meetings as part of the Government’s strategy of actively engaging with the European partners.
The General Affairs Council is working on preparations for the forthcoming European Council on 24th June. The Council will also discuss the Presidency report on Roma Inclusion and the Annual Report on the implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. A discussion on the Croatian accession process is also due to take place.
Minister Creighton will also take part in three bilateral meetings which form part of the process of developing contacts with EU ministerial counterparts. She will meet Spanish Secretary of State for the European Union, Diego Lopez Garrido, to review developments in the euro area. Minister Creighton will brief Slovak Foreign Minister, Mikulas Dzurinda on Ireland’s response to the economic crisis. On Tuesday morning, the Minister will meet Polish Minister for European Affairs, Mikolaj Dowgielewicz, to discuss the upcoming Polish Presidency.
Minister Creighton will attend the Foreign Affairs Council and attend a working lunch hosted by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton. The Council will discuss the situations in Libya and Syria; the Middle East Peace Process; the situation in Sudan and review the operation of the European External Action Service.
Commenting on her programme, Minister Creighton said: “Since this Government came to office we have been actively re-engaging with our European partners. I have been conscious of the need to outline the range of measures we are taking to work with our European partners to overcome the challenges facing us and Europe. Furthermore, it is important that Ireland engages fully with the European institutions. The work of the General Affairs Council and Foreign Affairs council is very important in that regard.”
Note to Editors:
Minister Creighton’s Schedule:
Monday, 23rd May
9.30am: Foreign Affairs Council
1.00pm: Working lunch with High Representative Ashton
3.00pm: Meeting with Diego Lopez Garrido, Spanish Secretary of State for the EU
Time TBC: Meeting with Mikulas Dzurinda, Slovak Foreign Minister
5.00pm: General Affairs Council
Tuesday, 24th May
8.00am: Meeting with Mikolaj Dowgielewicz, Polish Minister for European Affairs