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Minister of State for European Affairs to discuss legislative programme challenges for the Presidency with Committee Chairs and to debate key issues with MEPs in Strasbourg

15.01.2013, 07:40 GMT

Ahead of the Taoiseach’s address on 16 January, Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton will be in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today to discuss the substantial legislative workload of the Irish Presidency with Committee Chairs. The Minister of State will also speak on behalf of the Council in a number of debates during the first plenary session of the Irish Presidency.

Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton will meet with the Chairs of European Parliament Committees to discuss Ireland’s ambitions on the large number of legislative proposals to be progressed with the European Parliament over the next six months. Later in the day, the Minister of State will speak in the debate to welcome the agreement with the Parliament under the Cyprus Presidency on Credit Rating Agencies and related measures.

Tomorrow, the Minister of State will participate in debates on several topics, including on behalf of the High Representative and Vice-President of the Commission Catherine Ashton:

  • Recent casualties in textile factory fires, notably in Bangladesh,
  • Corruption, misuse of EU funds and its effects on political decision-making processes,
  • The situation in Syria,
  • EU-Iraq partnership,
  • Recommendations of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference regarding the Establishment of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction.

Lucinda Creighton, Minister of State for European Affairs: “Over the next six months we will work closely with the European Parliament as co-legislator with the Council on a substantial number of proposals in key policy areas impacting on the lives of European citizens. Committees play a critical role in the EU legislative process and I welcome the opportunity to discuss with Committee Chairs how we will jointly progress the many proposals now on the table. I also look forward to debating with MEPs and hearing their views on the range of important topical issues on the Parliament’s agenda for January.”

The European Parliament’s plenary session starts on Monday 14 January and ends on Thursday 17 January.

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