Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Ceisteanna (223)

Charlie O'Connor


352 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the plans his Department has to promote Ireland's EU Presidency with the Irish public; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2801/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources)

I am responsible for a wide range of EU Presidency business across the sectoral policy areas of telecommunications, energy, broadcasting, fisheries, maritime transport and maritime safety. I also hold commensurate chairing responsibilities for the agriculture and fisheries, transport, energy and telecommunications and education, youth and culture council formations. I am working to deliver on policy priorities at EU level within the Government's overall strategic approach. I welcome and will actively encourage through media briefings and interviews widespread interest across the business community, the sectors and the public generally in Ireland's Presidency which arises at a critical time for the EU itself.

My Department is promoting awareness of the Presidency through our own website,www.dcmnr.gov.ie, as well as the central Presidency website, www.eu2004.ie, in addition to our regular media briefing and releases. We are also holding the following conferences in Ireland during the Presidency:



1-3 March

Ministerial Conference on Broadcasting — Dublin and Drogheda

10, 11 March

Ministerial Conference on Sustainable Fisheries — Dundalk

25, 26 March

Directors General of Maritime Safety Conference — Wexford.

6, 7 April

Directors General of Fisheries Conference — Dublin Directors General of Fisheries Informal

19, 20 April

EuroMed ICT Conference — Dublin (t.b.c)

21-23 April

Ministerial Conference on Broadband — Dundalk

22, 23 April

Directors General of Energy Conference — Drogheda

26 April

International Conference for the Exploration of the Seas (Dublin)

11-14 May

EurOcean Conference — Galway