Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (137)

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

137. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Finance the bilateral meetings he has had with his EU counterparts to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46707/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

As part of my ongoing international engagements, I meet monthly with my EU counterparts at meetings of Eurogroup and the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN). I also meet regularly with colleagues on a bilateral basis whenever opportunities present themselves outside the Council format.

At the last monthly meeting of Eurogroup and ECOFIN on 7 and 8 November I met with my Belgian counterpart, Alexander De Croo, and my Slovakian counterpart, Ladislav Kamenicky. I also meet regularly with my colleagues from the so-called Hansa group: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands.

I hosted my French counterpart, Bruno Le Maire, in February 2019, and we also held a meeting in Brussels in May 2019. I also meet regularly with my UK counterpart, Chancellor Sajid Javid, hosting the Chancellor at Farmleigh House in September this year, and most recently meeting in October en marge of the IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington D.C. I look forward to meeting my German counterpart, Olaf Scholz, later this month.

In addition to these formal bilateral meetings, in the margins of Council meetings I also have informal contacts with my counterparts on a regular basis.

I intend to continue my dialogue with all of my Finance Minister counterparts in the period ahead, and I also look forward to early engagement with Commissioner-designate Gentiloni once he takes up office.

Details of my meetings to date in 2019 are set out in the table below.

Date

Location

Finance Minister of EU MS

21/01/2019

Brussels (Hansa Group Meeting)

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Netherlands.

*The members of the Hansa group were also joined on this occasion by the Finance Ministers of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

12/02/2019

Brussels

France

26/02/2019

Dublin

France

27/02/2019

Phone call

Portugal

11/03/2019

Brussels (Hansa Group Meeting)

Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Sweden

14/03/2019

London

United Kingdom

05/04/2019

Bucharest

Portugal

05/04/2019

Bucharest

Sweden

06/04/2019

Bucharest

United Kingdom

16/05/2019

Brussels (Hansa Group Meeting)

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Netherlands, Sweden

16/05/2019

Brussels

France

12/06/2019

Phone call

Portugal

13/06/2019

Luxembourg (Hansa Group Meeting)

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Netherlands, Sweden

14/06/2019

Luxembourg

United Kingdom

06/08/2019

London

United Kingdom

13/09/2019

Helsinki

United Kingdom

19/09/2019

Dublin

United Kingdom

09/10/2019

Luxembourg (Hansa Group Meeting)

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Sweden

17/10/2019

Washington (at IMF)

United Kingdom

08/11/2019

Brussels

Belgium, Slovakia