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Political Engagement

  • In order to apprise key Member States of Ireland’s concern on the impact of Brexit on our agri-food and fisheries sector, Minister Creed embarked on a series of bilateral meetings over the last two years.  In 2019, the Minister met with his French, German, Polish, Danish, Dutch and Slovakian counterparts (23&24 September), Belgian counterpart (18 June) and his Lithuanian, Dutch and German counterparts (15 April). Minister Creed also met with Commissioner Hogan and the Minister's French and British counterparts (18 March), French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (19 February), the Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella (18 February) and French Minister for Agriculture (28 January).
  • In 2018 he met with his counterparts from Austria and Denmark - Fisheries Minister (16 April), The Netherlands (25 April), Germany and France (2 May), the Agriculture Ministers of Belgium and Denmark (5 June), his counterpart from Hungary (18 June),  the Danish Minister for Fisheries and the Spanish Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (15 October) and his counterparts from France, Poland and Romania (17 & 18 December) to discuss issues of mutual importance, at what is a crucial stage in the Brexit negotiations;
  • The purpose of these engagements was also to build alliances and assess the degree to which these Member States would support our efforts to have the agri-food and fisheries impacts of Brexit specifically and adequately taken account of in the future relationship negotiations;
  • Minister Creed addressed the monthly meeting of the EU Heads of Mission in Dublin (27 September 2018);
  • Minister Creed has also spoken regularly to Commissioner Hogan (most often at the monthly AgriFish Council meetings), and has met EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier to press Ireland’s agri-food concerns. Departmental officials have also remained in ongoing contact with the Commission and the Barnier Task Force;
  • Political and official engagement has also taken place with Northern Ireland and UK counterparts;
  • Minister Creed had a meeting with Secretary of State Gove in London on 13 June, having previously met with him on 15 March during his St Patrick’s Day visit to London.

 Added 24.04.2019

Minister Michael Creed meeting Giedrius Surplys (Lithuanian Minister for Agriculture), 15 April‌

 

Details of Political Engagement (pdf 584Kb)