Wednesday, 4 February 2004

Ceisteanna (100)

Joe Costello

Ceist:

176 Mr. Costello asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs his planned programme for the period of the EU Presidency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3084/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs)

In the month since the commencement of Ireland's EU Presidency, I have had bilateral meetings in Dublin Castle with the EU Commissioners with responsibility for rural affairs and regional policy. I also addressed the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development in the European Parliament on 27 January 2004, and the text of my address canbe accessed on my Department's website,www.pobail.ie.

As regards my Department's planned programme, I informed the House in 2003, in response to similar questions from Deputies, and again last month, that our planned Presidency events are as follows: Conference on Territorial Cohesion, formerly Islands, Galway, 25 to 27 May 2004; Conference on Rural Development, Westport, 30 and 31 May and 1 June 2004;and Meeting of National Drugs Strategy Coordinators, Clontarf, 15 June 2004.

Question No. 177 answered with QuestionNo. 154.