Minister Creighton on official visit to Iceland23 November 2011
The Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton T.D., is in Reykjavik to engage with her counterparts on Iceland's EU accession in advance of our Presidency of the European Union in 2013.
During her two day visit Minister Creighton will meet with the Icelandic Foreign Minister, Mr. Ossur Skarpheoinsson, and with the Icelandic Chief EU Negotiator, Ambassador Stefan H. Johnnesson. The Minister will also use the opportunity to discuss Ireland's economic situation and the ongoing Euro-zone crisis.
Speaking in Reykjavik, Minister Creighton said:
“There is much to link Ireland and Iceland. We are both small export led economies and we have both, unfortunately, felt the full effects of the economic crisis. But, in our own different ways, we both continue to make great strides in overcoming these difficulties.”
“Ireland and Iceland enjoy a robust and friendly bilateral relationship. We have been, and will continue to be, a supporter of enlargement and I very much look forward to the conclusion of Iceland's negotiations.”
Minister Creighton addressed staff and students at the University of Reykjavik this morning. Tomorrow she will meet key parliamentarians, media representatives, and address the Icelandic Association of Women Entrepreneurs.