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Post-Presidency Review: Ireland’s EU Presidency, January-June 2013

09 Jul 2013

The Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union drew to a close on 30 June 2013. Reflecting on the six-month Presidency, Ireland’s seventh since it joined the Community in 1973, the general consensus is that it has been a resounding success. Under Ireland’s tenure, a series of complex and contentious dossiers have been shaped into their final form, the two most notable being the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Indeed, from these overarching policies that will influence the evolution of the EU for most of the next decade, to a plethora of sectoral and technical issues, the Irish Presidency has made significant progress in every Council configuration, while maintaining a spirit of cooperation and consensus-building.

The attached policy brief outlines the Presidency achievements on a number of key policy dossiers, including the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Banking Union, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and data protection. It also identifies particular features of the conduct of the Presidency that contributed to its success, such as the sense of momentum, good relations with the European Parliament and the innovative approach to problem solving. 

Download Post-Presidency Review: Ireland’s EU Presidency, January-June 2013 here.


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