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Commissioner Hogan addressing the Europe Day event in Dublin

Speaking at an event to mark Europe Day at Europe House in Dublin today, with VIP guests Minister Dara Murphy TD and Deirdre Clune TD, Commissioner Phil Hogan said the following: "This is a significant day – Europe Day is an important annual opportunity to think about where we are, and where we are going, on the journey of European cooperation. This is a significant month – the EU has put Irish concerns at the heart of its Brexit negotiation text, while Emanuel Macron has won a crucially important pro-European victory in France. And this is a significant year, as we celebrate 60 years of European peace and prosperity. It has also been a year where the people of Ireland have had to think very hard about what we want our relationship with the EU to be going forward."

Read the full text of the Commissioner's speech below.

 

09/05/2017

Commissioner Phil Hogan

Speech at Europe Day Event

EU Offices, Dublin, 9th May 2017

 

Thank you for your introduction Gerry,

Ambassadors, Minister Murphy, MEP Clune, ladies and gentlemen, my fellow Europeans,

I’m very happy to be here with you in Dublin for Europe Day 2017. In many ways, we are meeting at a significant moment.

This is a significant day – Europe Day is an important annual opportunity to think about where we are, and where we are going, on the journey of European cooperation.

This is a significant month – the EU has put Irish concerns at the heart of its Brexit negotiation text, while Emanuel Macron has won a crucially important pro-European victory in France.

And this is a significant year, as we celebrate 60 years of European peace and prosperity. It has also been a year where the people of Ireland have had to think very hard about what we want our relationship with the EU to be going forward.

I am heartened by today's Red C poll which indicates that 9 out of every 10 Irish people think Ireland should remain in the European Union, rising to 99% among full-time students. Congratulations to the European Movement Ireland for initiating this timely piece of polling.

Despite our location at Europe’s periphery, we have always managed to make our voices heard across this continent. Our development as a nation has been shaped by the two-way traffic to and from our mainland neighbours. And this two-way traffic reached the peak of its expression when Ireland joined the EEC in 1973.

That decision has served us very well.

Since 1973, membership has helped to raise the social and economic standards of our country to unprecedented heights. Irish businesses have unhindered access to a market of over 500 million people.

An estimated 700,000 jobs have been created in Ireland during the years of membership; trade has increased 90 fold; and Foreign Direct Investment has increased dramatically from just €16 million in 1972 to more than €30 billion today.

Between 1973 and 2014, Ireland received over €72.5 billion from the EU, including €54 billion for farmers and rural areas from the Common Agricultural Policy.

And like so many other European nations, the EU gave us a supporting platform to heal some of our own historical scars. European Union membership - and significant amounts of European funding – bolstered the Northern Ireland peace process.

Let me also give a special mention to the countries that have joined the EU since the dawn of the new millennium.

This year is the 10 year anniversary of Romania and Bulgaria's accession, and let me say to the Ambassadors of those countries who are present here today, our continent is the better and the stronger for your membership.

Now we need to think about what comes next. The decision by our closest neighbours to leave the bloc has shaken the EU, and it has shaken Ireland above any other Member State. So many old certainties have disappeared. But since June EU leaders are facing the challenge with impressive resolve and unity.

There is a growing collective understanding that we must work together to build a Union that delivers even more results for our people. And there is a growing consensus that we must begin to speak up for Europe more forcefully and directly than ever before.

This latter challenge is one in which we all have a stake, and one in which we all must assume our responsibilities.

I think it is safe to assume all in this room are committed Europeans. We know how it works and how, in many instances it could work better.

We should be proud of what we have all helped to build: a political union of 27 members, 22 languages, 1716 regions – a continent of peace and prosperity where for the previous 10,000 years, the norm was war.

Today I am calling on you to exercise your responsibilities as European citizens. Brexit and the rise of nationalistic populism across Europe have moved the goalposts.

It is no longer enough for pro-Europeans to offer their silent support. We all have to get up off our hands and speak up. Yes Ireland has a strong European conviction. Ireland routinely scores among the highest in Eurobarometer polls asking people if they feel "well informed" about the activities of their MEPs, for example. And it is also true that we don’t have any explicitly Eurosceptic parties in this country.

But we must not be complacent - there is simply too much at stake. Irish citizens must resist the anti-EU voices in our country who feel emboldened by Brexit. Partnership with our European neighbours is the only sane option. We should continue to play an active role by influencing the upcoming negotiations to limit the damage from Brexit.

It is in Ireland's interest – but also very firmly in Europe's interest – to ensure that the EU and UK maintain a sensible, mutually beneficial relationship post-Brexit.

And here at home, we need to be more assertive for Europe. We're not alone in this. Something new and very positive is happening in several European countries: slowly but surely, citizens are taking to the streets or the Internet, or both, in an attempt to counter the loudening Eurosceptic, anti-immigrant, anti-globalist messages of populists and nationalists.

And I would also remind you that this activity is not taking place in a political void. In recent months, right-wing populists have failed to win three prominent European elections in a row: in Austria; in the Netherlands; and finally, as I mentioned earlier in the French presidential election when a pro-European centrist, Emmanuel Macron, beat Marine Le Pen.

Politically, this is an opportune moment to make our voice heard at European level.  The European Union post-Brexit will not be the same, and in many ways it will be more challenging, but as a mature, confident member of the club, Ireland can play a part in shaping a Union which delivers even more benefits for our citizens.

We must find better ways to face head-on some of the most pressing challenges of our time: climate change, migration, security, and finishing the construction of the Eurozone, to name but a few.

The White Paper published by the Commission in March sets out possible paths for the future of Europe. It offers five scenarios for the Union's evolution, depending on the choices we will make. I urge you to familiarise yourselves with the options and contribute to this debate, which is still in its early stage, and targeted at both national and local level.

Ladies and gentlemen, the EU is arguably the greatest vehicle for maximising small country influence in the history of the world. Few countries have benefited as much from EU membership as Ireland, and we owe it to ourselves and to our partners to do our part, now that the going is getting tough.

There will be new opportunities for Ireland – in agriculture, in business, in banking, in trade, and as the main English-language entry hub into the single market. Today, on Europe Day, let us vow to work together to do the best we can for a renewed and revitalised European Union. In so doing, the EU will continue to do the best it can for us. Thank you, and Happy Europe Day!

 

 

Background

Today, May 9th is Europe Day. It marks the anniversary of the day in 1950 when French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman announced a new relationship with Germany after years of hostilities and two world wars.

He wanted France and Germany to pool the resources needed to go to war, coal and steel, so that war again in Europe would be impossible. This is turn led to the creation of the European Community, now known as the European Union, which began with the Treaty of Rome in 1957.

2017 is the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome between the six founding members, now grown to 28. With the exit of the UK, Europe stands at a new crossroads with the European Commission urging Member States to reflect on what they want from their future journey together.

 

Annual events

Thursday 10 to Saturday 12 January 2019: EU stand at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition /ireland/file/btyste-2019-2jpg_enbtyste-2019-2.jpg copyright The EU Commission Representation in Ireland is host a stand at...Read more

The European Commission Representation in Ireland, in cooperation with Eurofound (the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions) is holding a Citizens' Dialogue on "Quality of life in Europe – How does Ireland measure up?" on Thursday 13 December from 12.30 to 14.00.

The event takes place in Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2.

Date: 
13/12/2018 - 12:30 to 14:00

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Using Eurofound's recent 2016 European Quality of Life Survey, this town hall style meeting will be an opportunity to hear how Ireland compares to other countries in areas such as employment, income, education, housing, family, health and work-life balance. It will also cover subjective topics like people's levels of happiness, how satisfied they are with their lives and how they perceive the quality of their societies. The panel discussion will highlight the findings for Ireland and explore with participants possible lessons to be learned from other Member States.

With a welcome and introduction by Gerry Kiely, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland, and moderated by Mary McCaughey, Head of Communication at Eurofound, panellists will be:

  • Mairead McGuinness MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament
  • Tadas Leončikas , Senior Research Manager, Eurofound
  • Dr Shana Cohen, Director of TASC, social policy think-tank

The event will start with a light lunch at 12.30 and be followed by a debate from 13.00 to 14.00.

Anyone interested in attending should register in advance at: comm-ie-reception@ec.europa.eu

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The exhibition launch
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The EU 45 stories exhibition will be on display at Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 for the month of October.

Date: 
01/10/2018 - 09:00 to 31/10/2018 - 17:00

The exhibition features 45 stories that illustrate just some of the ways Ireland has benefited over the past four and a half decades of EU membership.

The exhibition will travel to the Europe Direct Information Centres in Clones in November, Cork in December, Ballinasloe in January 2019, Blanchardstown in February, Sligo in March, Letterkenny in April, Nenagh in May and Waterford in June.

Find out more about EU 45 Stories.

 

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

On 12 September 2018, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, will deliver the latest State of the Union speech of his presidency. 

To mark this occasion, the Institute of International and European Affairs and the European Commission Representation in Ireland will co-host a live screening of President Juncker’s address to the European Parliament, followed by discussion among an expert panel on the key messages of the speech and the outlook for the remainder of President Juncker’s tenure.

Date: 
12/09/2018 - 07:30 to 10:00

The speech will be web-streamed live below.

The Panel speakers include:

  • Dr Mary C. Murphy, Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration at University College Cork;
  • Barry Andrews, Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs;
  • Noelle O’Connell, Executive Director of European Movement Ireland.

The discussion will be moderated by Gerry Kiely, Head of Representation of the European Commission in Ireland.

The event takes place at Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2, from 7.30 to 10 am.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register in advance at: https://www.iiea.com/event/state-of-the-european-union-live-streaming-and-panel-discussion/

Finally, ‘This Time I’m Voting’ – Promoting the 2019 European Elections - In May 2019, Europeans will head to the polls and cast their vote in the 2019 European elections. From climate change to Brexit, Europe has faced numerous challenges in recent years. The European Parliament is looking to build a community of supporters to encourage people to vote in the next election. The goal is not to advocate whom people should vote for: it is to advocate the act of voting itself, the act of engaging in the democratic process; and the act of doing so in a conscious and fully informed way.

If you are interested in being part of this campaign, the European Parliament will be hosting a Welcome Event directly after the panel discussion. For further information, please contact Michael Bruton, European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland, Tel: 01 6057922, email: michael.bruton@ep.europa.eu.

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As part of a European wide celebration of the European Day of Languages, the European Commission is hosting an event at which the heritage of the Irish language will be celebrated and analysed.  In the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the speakers will address the richness of the linguistic heritage in Ireland and what lies ahead for that heritage and for the Irish language.

The event will take place from 6.15 pm to 8.30 pm on Wednesday, 26 September at Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2.

This event will take place in Irish.

Date: 
26/09/2018 - 18:15 to 20:30

Speakers at the event will include:

  • Alan Titley, Professor Emeritus of Modern Irish, University College Cork
  • Lillis Ó Laoire, Senior Lecturer with Irish, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Deirdre Nic Chárthaigh, Irish Government and Research Council scholar and Postgraduate student

The event is open to the public. Anyone interested in attending should register by Thursday, 20 September at: DGT-Dublin@ec.europa.eu.

Programme

6.15pm

Registration and tea coffee

6.30pm

Welcome, Event Chair

Eimear Ní Bhroin, Language Affairs Officer, European Commission

6.35pm

Manuscripts being preserved in Ireland and abroad – a hidden heritage?
Deirdre Nic Chárthaigh, Irish Government and Research Council scholar and Postgraduate student

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Deirdre Nic Chárthaigh
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6.50pm

Our heritage – poetry and and song as a source of creativity and revival for the future
Lillis Ó Laoire, Senior Lecturer with Irish, National University of Ireland, Galway

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Lillis Ó Laoire
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7.05pm           

The impact of ancient mythology and folklore on modern Irish literature
Alan Titley, Professor Emeritus of Modern Irish, University College Cork

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Alan Titley
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7.20pm

Q&A

7.40pm

Closing, Event Chair

7.45pm

Refreshments

8.30pm

End of event


Deirdre Nic Chárthaigh - Deirdre is a doctoral student currently carrying out research in the Department of Irish in Trinity College, Dublin.  Her resedarch is based on Early Modern Irish prose and she also works on aspects of the heritage of manuscripts and of the Dán Díreach.

Lillis Ó Laoire - Lillis is a senior lecturer with Irish in the National University of Ireland, Galway.  He has many publications on a variety of aspects of the culture of the Irish language and in particular on songs.  He is also a renowned singer.  He gave a concert at the University of Radboud in Nijmegen, Holland, earlier this year, which was organised by the IASIL (International Association of the Study of Irish Literatures) international conference.

Alan Titley - Alan is a Professor Emeritus with Modern Irish at University College Cork.  He has written novels, short stories, poetry and plays, in addition to academic literary compositions.  Alan is a weekly columnist with the Irish Times.

The Creative Europe Desk Ireland (CED)– Culture Office is hosting a free application workshop in Dublin on Thursday 23 November for organisations that are developing proposals for the Cooperation Projects deadline (18 January 2018 at 11am Irish time).

Date: 
18/10/2018 - 11:00 to 15:00

The event takes place from 10 am to 3 pm in Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2.

Click here for more information and to register.

Further information

European Cooperation Projects

The European Commission Representation in Ireland is hosting a presentation and Q&A on the 'EU Budget for the Future' on Tuesday morning 12 June.

The event, which takes place at Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2, will start at 9.00 am with registration and end at 11 am.

Date: 
12/06/2018 - 09:00 to 11:00

The main speaker will be Jennifer Brown, Head of Unit at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Budget.

The focus of the event will be the European Commission's proposals for the EU Budget/Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027.

If you are interested in attending please register by 8 June at COMM-IE-RECEPTION@ec.europa.eu

The Irish Society for European Law (ISEL) is hosting an International Women's Day event on Monday evening, 5 March (starting at 6.30 pm) to discuss the role of influential women in Ireland and Europe.

Speakers include Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman, and Katherine Licken, Secretary General, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The event will be chaired by Rachel Hussey, Partner, Arthur Cox, Member of the Steering Committee of the Irish Chapter of the 30% Club.

 

Date: 
05/03/2018 - 18:30 to 20:30

This event is open to all and is free of charge. To register, please visit www.isel.ie. Registration is on a first-come first served basis

The European Commission Representation in Ireland, supported by the European Movement Ireland, is organising a free media workshop in Dublin on Thursday, 23 November 2017 for third-level students.

The workshop will offer students an opportunity to meet with journalists, communications professionals and EU affairs experts – including Carl O’Brien (The Irish Times) and Ruth Deasy (European Commission Representation) and get a crash course on the EU and writing about Europe.

Date: 
14/11/2017 - 16:30 to 23/11/2017 - 18:30

Students who attend the workshop will leave with the knowledge and confidence to research EU matters into the future and will learn about the European Commission Award for Student Journalism at the National Student Media Awards.

And lunch will be provided free of charge!

Prior registration for this workshop is essential. To register your interest in attending, please contact Sharon on 01 642 4923 or send an email to events@europeanmovement.ie with your name and the 3rd level institution you are attending by noon on Monday, 20 November.

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