The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore today progressed talks on EU’s 960 billion euro multi annual budget.
Speaking after the negotiations the Tánaiste said
"This evening there was new momentum in our talks. We made real progress. Differences of views remain between our two sides, but I can also see the scope for agreement. I remain convinced that we can reach an agreement over the coming weeks."
In three and a half hours of negotiations in Brussels, the Presidency team, led by the Tánaiste, entered into detailed negotiations focussed on key issues in the multi-annual financial framework, including the review of the budget, flexibility, own resources and the unity of the budget.
A further trilogue will be led by the Tánaiste in Brussels on 4 June, with preparatory meetings taking place in the meantime.
The Irish Presidency remains committed to reaching agreement on the overall multi-annual budget before the end of June, so as to allow the 960 billion euro of EU investment to start flowing into the European economy next year.