Irish leaders meet Van Rompuy over EU presidency priorities

Irish leaders meet Van Rompuy over EU presidency priorities
# 09 January 2013 20:23 (UTC +04:00)

Baklu-APA. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore on Wednesday met with European Council president Herman Van Rompuy at the Dublin Castle to discuss priorities of Ireland's six-month European Union presidency, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

According to Ireland's public broadcaster RTE reports, the talks covered steps to establish a European banking union and the need to agree a seven-year budget running to 2020.

Ireland has taken over the rotating presidency as EU jobless figures reach an all-time high of 26 million.

Its detailed policy program listed securing economic recovery and stability, investing in sustainable jobs and growth and creating a win-win engagement with global partners as main priorities of its presidency.

"This is our guiding policy document for a presidency which is that of a recovering country leading recovery in Europe. We will not lose a minute in doing so, now is the time to deliver on what we have agreed together," said Kenny.

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