All formal ministerial Council meetings that are scheduled to take place during the Irish Presidency will be held in Brussels and Luxembourg. Seven informal ministerial meetings, six in Ireland and one in Brussels, as well as other high-level ministerial meetings and conferences, will also be held during the Presidency, and I have arranged that a calendar of such high-level meetings giving details of dates and locations be deposited in the Oireachtas Library and kept regularly updated.
The agendas and topics to be discussed at each meeting are a matter for each Minister involved but in all cases are dependent on several factors, including the outcome of the remaining Council meetings under the Italian Presidency. I will be hosting an informal EU Foreign Ministers' meeting in Tullamore on 16 and 17 April 2004. That meeting will provide EU Foreign Ministers with an opportunity for in-depth discussion, and consideration is currently being given to appropriate areas for discussion.
In addition, I will host a meeting of EU-ASEM Foreign Ministers, bringing together EU Ministers with ten of their Asian counterparts in Kildare on 17 and 18 April and a scheduled mid-term EuroMed ministerial meeting, which will provide an opportunity for dialogue between EU Foreign Ministers and their Mediterranean counterparts, on 5 and 6 May in Dublin.
On the external relations side, I envisage that we will hold five summits during our Presidency in the first half of 2004. The Taoiseach will co-host the EU-Latin America and Caribbean summit with the Mexican President, Vicente Fox, which will take place in Mexico on 28 and 29 May 2004. An EU-Russia and an EU-Japan summit are likely to take place during our Presidency, in Russia and Japan, respectively. We are also scheduled to hold an EU-Canada summit during our Presidency. Finally, we expect that an EU-US summit will take place in Ireland during our Presidency and we are working closely with the US side to establish dates.
The Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Roche, will host a meeting in Wicklow in April 2004, on the theme of communicating Europe and the Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Kitt, will host an informal EU development ministers meeting in Dublin on 31 May and 1 June and also a major conference entitled Breaking the Barriers – Partnership to fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia in Dublin on 23 and 24 February.