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Priorities of the Cypriot EU Presidency 2012 - News - Young Fine Gael

Priorities of the Cypriot EU Presidency 2012

On Wednesday 28th November, YFG Hosted an event in the Alexander Hotel to discuss the Priorities of the Cypriot EU Presidency 2012 and their transfer to Irish EU Presidency 2013 and Preparations for the Lithuanian EU Presidency 2013. The event was attended by a large number of YFG members.

"This event organised by YFG is an excellent opportunity at a timely juncture to examine the priorities of the current Presidency of the EU and of our upcoming Presidency, to take stock of achievements and to focus on the projects to hand over," commented Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise O'Muiri, in the opening address.

The main address was given by the Cypriot Ambassador, H.E. Dr. Michalis Stavrinos, who outlined how Cyprus had worked to ensure the EU emerged from the period of crisis as a stronger unit, with a better Eurozone, which was more responsive to challenges, focused on growth, while also being a more hospitable place for people, prices, ideas, services, innovation and culture.

"We worked hard to ensure that for the younger generation, a brighter future is achievable, every dossier included practical ways to make the EU better for young people. We are proud that many, many decisions for growth and for young people were made over Cyprus's Presidency and these will take time to trickle down," Ambassador Stavrinos concluded.

Dara Murphy, TD and Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party Committee on Foreign, EU and Trade Affairs, commended YFG on their work in the recent EU Stability Treaty Referendum.

"This Presidency, where we are the first Programme country, and the first Eurozone country to have it in quite a while, will require inspired statesmanship. Enda Kenny can and will deliver that with ease because of his integrity, work ethic, and personal reputation and relationship across Europe", Dara Murphy TD said.

Paschal Donohue, TD and Vice-Chairman of the Oireachtas EU Affairs Committee, outlined the general political and economic context within the EU which will impact upon Ireland's Presidency.

"For Ireland to be prosperous, with an economy to meet the dreams of its people, Europe too must be prosperous. We will work during our Presidency to ensure this becomes a reality; we will harness our imaginations to ensure we go from the trauma of recent years to the recovery and stability we all need. I admire the democratic system that says for six months, Ireland is the first among equals, with the ability to lead EU to achieve important goals", Pascal Donohue TD concluded.

Prior to questions from YFG members to the Speakers, the Lithuanian Ambassador, H.E. Vidmantas Purlys spoke about the Lithuanian EU Presidency preparations and Lithuanian European Policy. He outlined the priorities that Lithuania envisions will be of major importance during their Presidency.

"With Lithuania's membership of the EU, we have returned to our rightful place in the continent, after 50 years of Soviet Communism. Our first Presidency of the EU will immediately follow Ireland's Presidency and we are very appreciative of the assistance we have received from Irish and Greek politicians and officials to work out the 18 month programme, to be announced in December.

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