Official visit to Ireland
President Barroso met today with Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny, where they discussed the economic situation in Europe and the EU's multiannual financial framework (MFF). The President and the Taoiseach also held talks with European Parliament President Martin Schulz, which were focused on the MFF.
Following the official meetings, President Barroso expressed his wish for the Parliament and Council to reach a consensual conclusion to work on the EU's next seven-year budget, the multi annual financial framework.
The President welcomed the adoption of the Commission's proposal on youth guarantees, which he said was an "important signal to the almost 6 million young people that are unemployed in the EU today". He also welcomed the important progress made on the reform of the capital requirements directive, which should ensure that banks pay their own way in future, "without asking taxpayers for help".
While in Dublin, the President also spoke at a conference on "The Business of Europe" where he stressed that competitiveness is crucial for growth and job creation in the EU.
During the visit President Barroso also held a debate with students in Trinity College, where he called on the young people of Ireland to be fully involved in the growing debate about shaping the future of the EU. "They are benefitting from a choice made 40 years ago by their parents; generation – now they need to be involved in setting out their generation's views on what kind of Europe we want for the future," concluded the President.