Getting ready for the Irish EU Presidency in 2013

07/09/2011 at 12:21 pm 1 comment

Ireland takes over the six month Presidency of the Council of the European Union in January 2013.

(NB: This is NOT the same as taking on the job of President of the Council; that job remains in the hands of Herman van Rompuy. Under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty, the Council Presidency means Ireland gets to chair the meetings of all Councils of Ministers, bar the Foreign Affairs Council (chaired by Baroness Ashton) and the Heads of State meetings (chaired by van Rompuy). Ireland will also chair the meetings of the thematic committees preparing Council meetings)

The Presidency represents an opportunity for Ireland to enhance its reputation at an international level and show its support for European integration.

From a Development perspective, the Presidency offers a chance to influence some of the key decisions that the EU will need to take during that period.

Dóchas will run a one-year European Commission funded programme from mid 2012, to highlight the role of the EU in development cooperation and to ensure that development is high on the agenda throughout the Presidency.

On 6 September, Dóchas held a meeting with members to discuss the major issues which our programme could focus on as well as the overall theme of the programme. Dóchas has also been meeting with Irish Aid and civil society organisations in Ireland and Lithuania and Greece, to discuss what their priorities are for the Presidency.

(Ireland is part of a Presidency “trio” including Greece and Lithuania – each country holds the Presidency for 6 months during an 18-month period, with Ireland going first as of January 2013)

Over the coming months we will continue consulting with various stakeholders, seek to influence government priorities for the Presidency and through continuous discussion with members, develop a detailed Presidency Project proposal.

Stay tuned.

And do let us know what you think we should focus on!

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