Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Ceisteanna (25)

Joan Burton


25. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent meeting with EU leaders. [20536/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

I attended an informal meeting of EU Heads of State and Government in Sibiu, Romania on 9 May.

We had an initial exchange of views on our strategic priorities for the years ahead. We adopted a Declaration outlining 10 basic commitments which will guide our deliberations on the EU Strategic Agenda for the next five years, which we hope to adopt at the European Council meeting in June.

My remarks at the informal summit were based on Ireland’s National Statement on the European Union, which was published on 17 April, and discussed in the Dáil the following day.

I outlined our objectives and priorities for the years ahead, and noted that working to ensure a close, comprehensive and ambitious future partnership with the UK continues to be a top priority.

I spoke informally with many of my EU counterparts in the margins of the meeting in Sibiu.

I also had a bilateral meeting with the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, in the Hague on 8 May, the day before the meeting in Sibiu.

Questions Nos. 26 to 37, inclusive, resubmitted.
Questions Nos. 38 to 40, inclusive, answered orally.