Written Answers. - Ministerial Travel.

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

200 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the number of times since his appointment to the Government he has been out of the country on official business; the locations he travelled to, the dates and the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18986/03]

I wish to advise that Deputy that I have been out of the country on 18 occasions since my appointment as Minister on a variety of business as is outlined in the following table:

10 – 11 June 2002

Luxembourg

Agric. and Fisheries Council Meeting

23 – 24 September 2002

Brussels

Agric. and Fisheries Council Meeting

3 – 6 November 2002

Lisbon, Portugal

Accompany President on official state visit to Portugal

8 November 2002

Copenhagen

Bilateral with Danish Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries

20 – 22 November 2002

Bergen, Norway

Visit to coincide with sea trials of Celtic Explorer research vessel

26 – 28 November 2002

Brussels

Agric. and Fisheries Council Meeting

15 – 20 December 2002

Brussels

Agric. and Fisheries Council Meeting

20 – 21 January 2003

Athens

Bilateral Fisheries meeting with Greek Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries

27 January 2003

Brussels

Agric. and Fisheries Council Meeting

21 – 23 February 2003

Thessaloniki, Greece

Informal Energy Council

6 – 7 March 2003

Czech Republic

Official Visit (Accession states and Pre-Presidency agenda)

12 March 2003

Strasbourg

Bilateral on Fisheries with Franz Fischler

27 March 2003

Brussels

Transport, Telecoms and Energy Council

15 – 16 April 2003

Warsaw, Poland

Official Visit (Accession states and Pre-Presidency agenda)

12 – 19 May 2003

Corfu, Athens and Greek Islands

Bilateral with Cioner Fischler in Corfu; Bilaterial with Greek Minister for Agriculture in Athens; Attend Informal Transport Council

26 May 2003

Brussels

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

5 – 6 June 2003

Oslo, Norway

Visit to coincide with visit of L.E. Eithne to Norway

16 – 20 June 2003

Baltic States

Bilaterals with Communications and Transport Ministers in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (Accession states & Pre-Presidency agenda)