Speaking at today’s EU General Affairs Council in Luxembourg, the Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton T.D. welcomed the report on economic and monetary union presented by the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.
The Minister said “This is a very welcome report. It sets out an agenda for strengthening economic union in the medium-term in a way that is fundamentally in the interests of all Europeans, including the people of Ireland.
I look forward to concrete progress at the European Council meeting later this week on strengthening our currency and generating growth and jobs.
It is imperative that we determinedly move forward and take the necessary decisions to safeguard the future of the Euro.”
The Minister also welcomed the Council’s decision to open accession negotiations with Montenegro, where she will visit next week.
On the margins of the Council meeting, the Minister attended a dinner with the President of the European Investment Bank, Werner Hoyer, to discuss how the EIB can support growth and jobs throughout Europe, including in Ireland. The Minister also held a meeting with her German counterpart, Minister Michael Link.