Fabian Demicoli

Ireland’s EU Presidency Priorities


Ireland holds the Presidency of the Council
of the European Union for the first half of 2013. This is the seventh occasion
on which Ireland has held
the Presidency and it occurs on the fortieth anniversary of Ireland's accession to the Union.The chair welcomed the speaker and
asked for a short roundtable. The speaker introduced himself and updated the
members on the main priorities of Ireland's presidency.

The overarching theme for the
presidency is recovery, stability and jobs.

In particular, the key priorities
would be:

Implementing the Single Market Act I&II and moving forward on the
Digital Agenda,

International trade was also highlighted as a priority, in particular
concluding an FTA agreement with the US
but also with Japan, Singapore and Canada,

Jobs and growth are the key
priorities. In this area, the main focus will be on:

The youth unemployment package – youth guarantees

Posted workers,

Pension portability

SMEs will be at the core of their
political agenda with the objective of:

improving access to credit and different financial instruments

reducing the burden of red tape 

increase their competitiveness and entrepreneurship spirit  with the new programme COSME and the
forthcoming action plan on entrepreneurship.

 

For further information regarding latest news, information, features and
videos related to Ireland's
Presidency

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