Representation in Ireland




Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with President von der Leyen

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was in Dublin today where she met with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

See below her remarks at a joint press point with the Taoiseach following their meeting. A video of the press point is available here.


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The European Union is committed to becoming the first climate-neutral bloc in the world by 2050. This requires significant investment from both the EU and the national public sector, as well as the private sector. The European Green Deal's Investment Plan - the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan - presented today will mobilise public investment and help to unlock private funds through EU financial instruments, notably InvestEU, which would lead to at least €1 trillion of investments.

While all Member States, regions and sectors will need to contribute to the transition, the scale of the challenge is not the same. Some regions will be particularly affected and will undergo a profound economic and social transformation. The Just Transition Mechanism will provide tailored financial and practical support to help workers and generate the necessary investments in those areas.