Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (244)

Pat Breen

Question:

361 Mr. P. Breen asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if a major EU-US summit is planned for County Clare during Ireland's six-month Presidency of the European Union; if he can confirm that President George Bush will be visiting the country during the Presidency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1521/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Foreign)

The consultative mechanisms of the EU-US relationship include the provision for an EU-US summit. The summit meeting is scheduled to take place during the first half of this year. We are working closely with the US authorities on the preparation of this important meeting, including the exact date and location. As a matter of course, summit meetings are held at Head of State or Government level. It is anticipated, therefore, that the Taoiseach and President Bush will attend any EU-US summit during the Irish Presidency.