In January 2013, Ireland will take over the rotating Presidency of the European Union.
This means that, for the first six months of 2013, Ireland will have a unique opportunity to influence the key decisions to be taken by the EU.
We have collated a number of documents and resources on how Ireland can use the EU Presidency to strengthen global solidarity. Jul 2
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07/09/2011 at 12:21 pm Ireland takes over the six month Presidency of the Council of the European Union in January 2013.
Time to have your say: What World Do You Want?
Image: Dóchas Facebook AS IRELAND TAKES over the reigns of the EU Presidency today, there have been calls from many different organisations to not let the opportunity go to waste. Among them is Non-Governmental Development Organisations, who want the government to press for a strong, European vision for a fairer and more sustainable world during the next six months.
Holding the EU presidency next year will give Ireland an opportunity to manage the EU agenda and find ways of advancing policies that will improve the lives of people in Ireland and abroad, Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton has said. Speaking at a conference on the EU presidency today, Ms Creighton said Ireland could demonstrate that “we are a constructive and committed Member State that belongs at the very heart of the EU decision-making process”. “In defining our main strategic priorities, we have been mindful of the need to focus on issues that are of strongest concern to citizens and governments right across the EU today,” she said. Ms Creighton said the financial crisis would likely remain a concern during Ireland’s presidency but that attention needed to turn to the “challenge of getting the European economy back on track” by improving global competitiveness, promoting economic growth and creating jobs.
Ireland’s Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers in 2013 looks set to herald a ‘bring your own device’ initiative, as the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is seeking a system for managing mobile devices, such as tablet computers. In a request for tender document issued yesterday, the department said it expects a “significant number” of its staff will be heavily involved in regular EU meetings both at home and abroad. “A successful presidency will require those staff to be provided with the most effective and efficient ICT support tools, including tablet computers, to provide remote access to departmental email, calendar, documents and other ICT systems,” the document states.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said Ireland is in a position to push the issue of the prevention of hunger to the top of the international agenda.
OPINION: As Ireland takes the helm again, let us recall how the EU has positively influenced our lives over four decades Ireland begins its seventh presidency of the European Union tomorrow, while 2013 also marks the 40th anniversary of Ireland’s accession to the EU. As we take the helm again, it is worth reflecting on what four decades spent at the heart of Europe has done to transform our economy and our society. Despite our recent problems, Ireland’s EU membership has driven our economic development over the past 40 years, helping our once underdeveloped economy to become one of the most successful hi-tech, exporting economies in the world.