Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Questions (103)

Richard Boyd Barrett


103. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Finance if he will report on discussions held with EU Finance Ministers in Davos, Switzerland, on 24 January; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5484/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I travelled to Davos, Switzerland, to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, from 23 to 25 January. The World Economic Forum annual meeting is attended by political and business leaders and heads of international organisations. The theme of this year’s meeting was ‘Resilient Dynamism.’

While in Davos I held bilaterals with a number of my counterparts and with leaders of several major multinational firms. I used this opportunity to set out Ireland’s EU Presidency priorities and to promote Ireland as a location for international business and investment. I did not arrange any specific bilaterals with EU Finance Ministers as I had met with them in Brussels at Eurogroup/ECOFIN on 21/22 January. I did, however, meet briefly with a few of them in the margins of the conference.