The Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland, Gerry Kiely, today addressed the Oireachtas Committee on EU Affairs on the Commission Work Programme for 2017 and the role and activities of the European Commission Representation in Ireland.
You can read the full text of his speech below.
A special Eurobarometer poll on the Future of Europe shows that 81% of Irish people view the EU as a place of stability in a troubled world, 3rd highest in the EU after Portugal (83%) and Denmark (82%). The EU average is 66% with people in the Netherlands least likely to agree at 53%.
Irish people see the main assets of EU membership as being the economic, industrial and trading power of the EU (34%) and the standard of living of EU citizens (33%). On average across the EU, respondents see the main assets as being the economic, industrial and trading power of the EU followed by the EU's respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law (both 33%).
Irish respondents see the three main challenges facing the EU as unemployment (42%), migration issues (36%), and terrorism and security issues (33%). Across the EU, respondents see the three main challenges facing the EU as unemployment (45%) followed by social inequalities and migration issues (both 36%).
The full report and its annexes can be downloaded here.
On Monday 6 February AkiDwA, the network of migrant women in Ireland, will launch the United to END FGM (UEFGM) European Knowledge Platform, a free-of-charge online platform offering information and practical advice to professionals on female genital mutilation (FGM).
The Platform includes: an e-learning course available in 9 languages, country specific information covering 11 EU member states, as well as ‘live knowledge’ including webinars and an online discussion forum. UEFGM is the result of a transnational project funded by the EU and implemented by a consortium of 12 partner organisations and 4 associate organisations across the EU.
AkiDwA has been active in the area of combatting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Ireland for a number of years.
The launch will take place in Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 on Monday morning, 6 February. Monday 6 February is the International Day for Zero Tolerance on FGM.
There's so much to see and do at the European Union stand (No. 31) this year!
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