As the Deputy will be aware, I normally attend the meetings of the Eurogroup and the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) each month. These regular meetings provide an important opportunity to engage with my fellow EU Finance Ministers and members of the European Central Bank. From time to time there are additional special Finance Ministerial meetings but as of now the schedule of meetings for the remainder of the year is as follows:
Eurogroup 19 June
Ecofin 20 June
Eurogroup - July 7
Ecofin - July 8
Eurogroup - 12 September
Informal Ecofin 12&13 September
Eurogroup - 13 October
Ecofin - 14 October
Eurogroup - 6 November
Ecofin - 7 November
Eurogroup - 8 December
Ecofin 9 December
In addition to the above meetings, I also plan to attend the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington from 10 to 12 October, 2014.
I also plan to visit Singapore and China from 26 October to 2 November, 2014.
Each visit I undertake is used to promote Ireland and to build strong relationships that enable us to influence decisions which affect our interests.
Minister of State Hayes has no proposed visits currently scheduled.