12 Nov 2019, 11.59
The Joint Committee on European Union Affairs will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, with the enlargement of the EU to be discussed with representatives from candidate and potential candidate countries.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Ireland, and the Deputy-Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of North Macedonia will appear in committee room 1 from 2pm, with the broader EU enlargement strategy to be discussed.
Committee proceedings can be viewed live
Ahead of the meeting, Committee Chairperson Michael Healy-Rae said: “While Brexit has been to the fore in recent times, it is vital that we do not lose sight of the future of the EU, and sort of union we wish to build. Developing connections with our future partners in the EU 27 is vital, and with that in mind Wednesday’s engagement is important.
“This will be the first time that representatives of North Macedonia will appear before the European Union affairs Committee since Macedonia officially changed its name in February, 2019. While North Macedonia is a potential candidate country, the Republic of Turkey is a candidate country for EU membership.”