St Patricks Day greetings from the President Michael D.
Ireland holds the Presidency of the Council of the
European Union for the first half of 2013. This is the
seventh occasion on which Ireland has held the Presidency and it
occurs on the fortieth anniversary of Ireland’s accession to the
The Irish Government presented its programme for the six months on
9 January to coincide with the official opening of the Irish
Presidency. The programme, For stability, jobs and growth, has a strong
focus on growth and jobs.
The Irish presidency of the Council is about securing stability and
ensuring that it leads to jobs and growth.
The “core priorities” include banking union and strengthening
financial regulation, coupled with improved economic co-ordination
through the European Semester process.
In tandem with this, the Presidency will place a spotlight on youth
Trade will be another priority and the Presidency will “work
towards opening new markets, creating new opportunities for
enterprise, leading to more jobs and growth”.
“We believe the EU must work more to respond to the common problems
that we face. No time can be lost.”
Full information on the Irish Presidency can be found at: