EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan addressed a Public Affairs Ireland Conference this morning in Dublin on "Brexit: implications for public policy and public administration in Ireland".
In his speech the Commissioner said: "While the impact of Brexit will be particularly hard-felt in Ireland, not least because this country is the only Member State which shares a land frontier with the UK, its impact will also be felt right throughout the European Union and beyond."
He added: "... anybody who stands up at this conference and claims to know with certainty what the consequences of Brexit are for Ireland, the UK, cross-border relations or the EU is mistaken and misleading. The truth is that nobody knows what the future holds, whether in terms of the conditions under which the UK will leave the EU or the post-Brexit environment in which the UK and the EU or Ireland and the UK will have to coexist, because there will have to be a relationship of some kind."
EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan addressed the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food & the Marine in Dublin today. In his speech, the Commissioner outlined the importance to the Commission of direct interaction with national parliaments. He said: "We need a debate about how the EU can better communicate with the citizens, in a way that emphasises the positive contribution that the EU can make to their lives. The Common Agricultural Policy is one of those policies that makes an immense contribution to the lives of millions of farmers and other beneficiaries in every country in Europe. Without it, what kind of a food policy or agricultural production system would we have in Europe. What kind of a rural environment would we have or what kind of vitality would our rural communities enjoy."
The full text of the speech is reproduced below.
Ireland has played a leading role in getting UN members to agree on the latest Development Goals and continues to be a world leader in Development Policy, said European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, in Dublin today.
The Irish Government’s Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and the European Commission are jointly organising a conference: 'Irish as a full official and working language of the EU'. It will take place in the Aston Suite, O'Callaghan Alexander Hotel, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 on 21 October 2016 at 9.00am. The conference opens with keynote speeches from Mr Seán Kyne T.D., Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Mr Rytis Martikonis, Director General, Directorate-General for Translation, European Commission.
A major new report on public spending and health has just been published by the European Commission It includes detailed country-specific analysis and figures.
The report focuses on how to pay for health care into the future. As such it looks at key challenges and possible solutions to make sure that health systems are fiscally sustainable in the EU overall and in each Member State.
Speaking to the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade this morning, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said that a global response was needed to the current refugee crisis. He called for the support of national parliaments saying: "Today, two hundred and fifty (250) million people are affected by humanitarian crises world-wide. An unprecedented sixty-five (65) million have been forcibly displaced. We are facing a global displacement crisis. Which requires a global response. We help people in need, no matter where they are. Regardless of their background. Since April of this year, this also includes countries within Europe. As we have a new instrument that allows us to provide humanitarian aid within our own borders. And in particular, to the refugees in Greece. But we can certainly do more. Much more: Member States, National Parliaments, the EU institutions, civil society. In partnership."
Although youth unemployment remains a key concern in many Member States, young people's labour market performance in the EU has overall surpassed expectations since 2013. Ireland was one of the Member States to benefit from access to a €6.4 billion fund which accompanied the EU's "Youth Guarantee" measure. Reporting back on the three-year-old scheme and the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) funding which accompanied it, the European Commission said today that EU youth unemployment is down by 1.4 million young people and that 900,000 fewer young people are not in employment, education or training (NEETs).
Killenaule man Gerry Kiely will take up office as the new Head of the European Commission's Representation in Ireland on 1 October 2016. He brings over thirty years of European and International affairs experience as well as strong communication skills to this post.
The European Investment Bank expects to open its first permanent presence in Ireland later this year. The plans were confirmed by Andrew McDowell, the new European Investment Bank Vice President responsible for Ireland during his first working visit to Dublin since assuming office earlier this month.