Every six months the Presidency of the Council of
the European Union rotates between the Member States.
Ireland held the Presidency of the EU for the sixth
time from January 1 to June 30, 2004.
President Bush traveled to Ireland to participate
in the U.S.-EU summit on June 26, 2004.
“EU will be a strong partner 'with' the US,” says Tánaiste :
June 13, 2004
The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise,
Trade and Employment, Mary Harney, delivered
a keynote address at the opening of a seminar
of the German Marshall Fund of the United
States in advance of EU-US Summit......
U.S., European Union Celebrate Milestones in Their Relationship:
May 6, 2004
American and European officials celebrated
several milestones in U.S.-European Union
relations and EU history at a reception at
the State Department May 6. The occasion was
the 50th anniversary of the first European
Commission presence in Washington and the
May 1 enlargement of the European Union
from 15 to 25 members.......
President Bush Welcomes 10 New Countries to the European Union:
May 3, 2004
President Bush welcomed the addition of 10
new countries into the European Union, saying
the organization's enlargement into countries
with established democracies "helps create a
Europe whole, free, and at peace." Bush said
the United States also welcomes the prospect
of further enlargement to "qualified countries,
including Romania and Bulgaria," and supports
Turkey's EU aspirations.......
Ireland’s Presidency Priorities in the
field of external relations:
Minister for European Affairs Roche:
March 29, 2004
Minister of State Mr. Dick Roche today
addressed the Conference of Foreign Affairs
Committees and discussed the progress Ireland
had made on its priorities in the field of
external relations to date and briefed the
Committee on the further work the Presidency
aims to completeover the next three months......
Economic Reform in Europe – Realising
Europe’s Growth Potential:
Minister for Finance, Mr Charlie McCreevy
January 24, 2004
"As you know, Ireland currently holds the
presidency of the European Council of Ministers.
I am very conscious that there are a number of
formidable challenges which face us over the
coming months which are central to the future
success of the European Union.....
“Europeans – Working Together” - Address by
the Taoiseach, (Irish Prime Minister) Mr.
Bertie Ahern, TD, to the European Parliament
January 14, 2004
"......The United States has stressed the
importance it attaches to working with key
partners, including Europe. We will continue
to focus EU-US relations on what we can
and should achieve together. Our aim will be
to consult and co-operate with the United States
on the broad range of issues, both political and
economic, that face us all.....more
Statement to the Bertelsmann Foundation in Berlin: An Taoiseach, (Irish Prime Minister) Mr. Bertie Ahern
January 9, 2004
"It is both a pleasure and an honour to
be invited to participate at the Bertelsmann
Foundation Forum. The Foundation's work to bring
greater understanding to the European Union's
deepening and widening process is both timely
Secretary Powell Hails 50 Years of U.S.
- EU Cooperation
November 18, 2003
Secretary of State Colin Powell said in
Brussels November 18, 2003 in remarks
honoring 50 years of U.S.-EU cooperation,
"The United States embraces the European
Union (EU) as a global partner for peace
and security, and the two should take great pride
in what they are doing together to help the
world meet the challenges of the 21st century"....
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