Written Answers. - Ministerial Travel.

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

112 Mr. Kehoe asked the Taoiseach 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. [18979/03]

The following table outlines the date of departure, destination and reason for each of my official visits out of the country since the present Government was formed:

Date of Departure

Destination

Reason

12 June 2002

Helsinki and Stockholm

Meeting with the Finnish and Swedish Prime Ministers

13 June 2002

London

Attend Irish Post Lunch

14 June 2002

Jersey

Meeting of the British-Irish Council

19 June 2002

Vienna

Meeting with the Austrian Prime Minister

20 June 2002

Seville

Meeting of the European Council

2 September 2002

Johannesburg

World Summit on Sustainable Development

23 September 2002

Copenhagen

ASEM IV

9 October 2002

London

Meeting with the British Prime Minister

24 October 2002

Brussels

Meeting of the European Council

22 November 2002

Glasgow

Meeting of the British Irish Council

29 November 2002

London

Meeting with the British Prime Minister and other functions

12 December 2002

Copenhagen

Meeting of the European Council

13 January 2003

Mexico

Official visit to Mexico

23 January 2003

London

Meeting with the British Prime Minister

30 January 2003

Prague

Official visit to the Czech Republic

6 February 2003

Lisbon

Meeting with the Portuguese Prime Minister

17 February 2003

Brussels

Meeting of the European Council

24 February 2003

London

Attend Irish World Newspaper Awards

27 February 2003

London

Meeting with the British Prime Minister

12 March 2003

Washington

Meeting with the American President and St. Patrick's Day related functions

20 March 2003

Brussels

Meeting of the European Council

1 April 2003

Luxembourg

Meeting with a number of EU Prime Ministers

3 April 2003

Berlin and Brussels

Meeting with the German Chancellor and the Belgian Prime Minister

14 April 2003

Isle of Man

Meeting with the Chief Minister of the Isle of Man and address Euroclub

15 April 2003

Athens

Signature of EU Accession Treaties

8 May 2003

Stockholm

Meeting with the Swedish Prime Minister

30 May 2003

St. Petersburg

EU-Russia Summit

12 June 2003

Helsinki and Talinn

Meeting with the Finnish and Estonian Prime Ministers

19 June 2003

Thessaloniki

Meeting of the European Council

2 July 2003

London

Meeting with the British Prime Minister