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Ireland welcomes President Barroso and the College of Commissioners to Dublin Castle to discuss the Presidency programme.

10.01.2013, 09:00 GMT

The European Commission College meets today in Dublin with the Irish Government to discuss working together on the Presidency’s priorities for Stability, Jobs and Growth.

Today’s visit will provide the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and all Irish Ministers who are chairing Councils with an opportunity for in-depth discussions with Commission counterparts. They will outline how Ireland plans to advance its Presidency priorities to promote stability and to stimulate jobs and growth over the coming six months.   

The visit will open with a meeting between Irish Government Ministers and their Commission counterparts.  At the meeting, Ministers will present priorities across the nine Councils that they chair and discuss how the Irish Presidency will work to make progress on objectives including advancing the Single Market and the Digital Agenda to create smart and sustainable growth and job creation. 

This meeting will be followed by a short tête-à-tête meeting between the Taoiseach and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.

Ministers and Commissioners will then meet in smaller thematic groups to discuss specific policy elements of the programme in greater detail in areas including CAP reform, external trade and enlargement. 

Following a press conference and a working lunch, the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and President Barroso will open the European Year of Citizens with a citizens’ dialogue.   

Media schedule

07:30: Presidency Media Centre opens, Werburgh Street

Presidency Media Centre information

Note: For this event, please be in good time as there are additional security checks for this meeting.

09:15: Photo call, Dublin Castle

Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Ministers, Commission President Barroso and College of Commissioners arriving.

Press pool only. To be part of the press pool, you must indicate via media accreditation system (see below for more details)

11:10: Family photo, Dublin Castle

Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Ministers, Commission President Barroso and College of Commissioners.

Press pool only. To be part of press pool, you must indicate via media accreditation system (see below for more details)

12:15: Press conference with Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Commission President Barroso, Dublin Castle

This event will be live streamed here: 

Other Presidency events happening today

Launch of the European Year of Citizens, City Hall (Afternoon). Details to follow via European Movement Ireland. 



To attend this event and to also register for the press pool, you must have confirmed your attendance via the email notification ‘Confirmation of attendance - Visit of the College of Commissioners’ sent recently.

If you did not receive this email, or did not click the link in the email, you are not accredited for this event and will not be able to gain access.

To check your accreditation status, please log into your account.

Note: for those who previously attended the OSCE Conference, your username and log-in details are the same. 


Media logistics

You must enter from the Media Centre, Werburgh Street. Information on the Press Centre facilities can be found here: If you have any further queries about the Press Centre, please contact Denise Kavanagh on

For those wishing to bring satellite vans into Dublin Castle, this needs to be agreed in advance. To do so, you will need to contact Ken McAllister on or via

For any other questions, please contact the Presidency Communications team at

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