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Ireland takes over Council presidency | European Voice
Government wants to focus on economic recovery during its seventh turn in the EU's rotating presidency.

Ireland takes over the rotating presidency of the European Union's Council of Ministers from Cyprus tomorrow (1 January 2013), its seventh turn since it joined the EU 40 years ago.

Enda Kenny, Ireland's prime minister, has said that the presidency will focus on the EU's economic recovery and that he is determined to deliver "solutions" - on banking union, trade deals, pro-growth policies and a deal on the Union's long-term budget.

Ireland's government, led by Kenny's centre-right Fine Gael party and with centre-left Labour as junior partner, has also made it clear that it will run an austerity presidency that goes easy on pomp (and will serve tap rather than bottled water).

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Dec 30th, 2012 at 03:31:18 PM EST
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