To date, no expenditure has been incurred by my Department on bulletins, pamphlets, newsletters or circulars arising from Ireland's Presidency of the EU. A newsletter entitledDepartment of the Marine News is currently under preparation at an estimated cost of £1,848. Costs of major items of expenditure to date, arising from the Presidency, are listed in tabular statement attached. The salary costs in respect of a special allowance for one member of staff appointed to the position of EU Presidency Co-ordinator will amount to £2,283.
Due to enhanced levels of participation required at fisheries and maritime fora during the Irish Presidency, the costs of EU-related travel are expected to exceed the normal level. The bulk of these costs will, however be refunded by the EU.