The Minister of State for European Affairs Thomas Byrne, T.D., will travel tomorrow to Paris to attend the 2021 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM). Ahead of this meeting, he will meet with his French counterpart, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune on 5th October.
Minister Byrne and Secretary of State Beaune will discuss current major issues on the EU agenda, including EU-UK relations and the Conference on the Future of Europe. They will also discuss the upcoming French presidency of the Council of the EU.
Speaking ahead of the meeting, Minister Byrne said:
“I am happy to avail of my visit to Paris to meet my French colleague, Clément Beaune, to discuss some key EU issues, including EU-UK relations and the upcoming French Presidency of the Council of the EU. France is a key EU and international partner for Ireland. I very much look forward to continuing to work closely with Minister Beaune, both bilaterally and in relation to his forthcoming EU Presidency responsibilities as Chair of the General Affairs Council for the six-month period beginning 1 January next.
“I was delighted to welcome Minister Beaune to Ireland during the recent visit to Ireland by President Macron. This visit was a strong signal of the ever stronger bilateral relations being forged between Ireland and France. As part of that visit, Minister Coveney and the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian signed a Joint Plan of Action between our two countries. This is an ambitious plan which will deepen practical cooperation across a number of sectors. It will bring tangible benefits for our businesses, schools, higher education institutions and research institute, cultural institutions, as well as ordinary citizens.
“Minister Beaune, as European Affairs Minister of the incoming EU presidency, will also play a key role as Co-Chair of the Executive Board overseeing the Conference on the Future of Europe next spring. He has taken an active role in the Conference process and I look forward to sharing with him the suggestions and ideas that I have heard through my Conference engagements in Ireland over the last number of months. I also look forward to hearing how Conference events are progressing in France.”
4 October 2021