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Lucinda Creighton on Ireland's EU Presidency -- A Mid-Term Review

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About the Speech: Ireland assumed the Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 January 2013. In the first three months, the Irish Government has been actively engaged with the heads of the European Commission, European Council, European Parliament, the EEAS and the other EU Member States in efforts to broker agreements on a wide range of issues. The Irish Presidency has been instrumental in negotiations on capital requirements for banks, agriculture policy reform and the Common European Asylum System other key dossiers. Progress has also been made on enlargement, an EU-US Free Trade Agreement and the multiannual financial framework, and work is set to intensify on these and other issues in the second half of the Presidency. About the Speaker: Lucinda Creighton T.D. has been Minister of State for European Affairs since March 2011. She was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 2007. In her address to the IIEA, Minister Creighton assessed the achievements of the Irish Presidency to date and outlined the Government's ambitious agenda for the remainder of its six-month term.