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2019 will be a year of great significance for Ireland and the European Union. In March, the EU is expecting the first withdrawal of a Member State from the Union, the terms of which are still not clear. This will be followed by an EU summit in May, for which European leaders will convene in Sibiu, Romania to prepare a Strategic Agenda for the European Union. The second half of the year will see significant institutional changes in Brussels, with a new European Parliament and European Commission, which could either invigorate, or present challenges, for EU Member States. Furthermore, all of this takes place in a context of uncertainty as to the future of the transatlantic relationship and the commitment of many world leaders to multilateralism.

In his address to the IIEA, an Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD, presents a positive vision for Ireland’s place in the world, focusing on Ireland’s efforts to increase its global footprint through the Global Island Strategy, which complements the EU’s objective to boost its external relations through its own Global Strategy.

This event is part of the IIEA’s Future of the EU27 Project, which is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

About the Speaker:

Simon Coveney TD was appointed Tánaiste on 30 November 2017 and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Brexit on 15 June 2017. Minister Coveney is also the Deputy Leader of Fine Gael and has previously served as Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government and as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1998, and also served for three years as a Member of the European Parliament for the Ireland South Constituency, from 2004 until 2007.