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Commissioner attends Europe Day events in Dublin, and delivers speech to Oireachtas

Commissioner celebrates Europe Day in European Commission Representation Office, Dublin, 9 May 2011 - Photos: © Lensman Photographic Agency
"Since 1973 Ireland, and Europe, have surmounted many difficult and complex problems together. We have done this through solidarity, cooperation and dialogue - the very principles on which the European Union is based."

Speech by Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn to a special Europe Day sitting of the Irish Parliament

Dublin, Irish Parliament, 9 May 2011

Ceann Comhairle, Taoiseach, Ministers, Deputies of the Oireachtas and Members of the European Parliament

It is a great privilege and honour for me to accept the invitation to speak before this special session of the Dáil on Europe day, on the theme Where will Europe be in the year 2020? It is a most worthwhile question and I am very much looking forward to hearing the views of the other speakers.

This historic chamber reminds us that Ireland and the European Union's common purpose - to pursue peaceful, prosperous and inclusive progress - is grounded in our democratic values. It is a fitting moment to recall the contribution down the years of many distinguished members, and former members of the Oireachtas, to the construction, enlargement and reform of Europe at critical moments in our common history.