Ambassador De Bauw of Belgium Shares Insights in Extensive Interview

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor   His Excellency Pierre-Emmanuel De Bauw, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Ireland provided his insight on numerous topics in a comprehensive interview with Diplomat Ireland.   Recorded on Thursday, 15 October 2020 from the Belgium Ambassador’s historic residence on Ailesbury Road, Dublin (the former home of the Dunlop…

Coveney Attends EU Foreign Affairs Council – Belarus, Russia, Strengthening Multilateral System on Agenda

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney T.D., attends  the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg on Monday (12 October). EU Foreign Ministers will respond to recent international developments and consider an EU response to the most recent developments in Belarus and Russia. Ministers will also assess the EU’s strategic engagement with…

Statement by Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne T.D., on recent developments in Belarus

“Ireland condemns the appalling human rights violations that continue to take place in Belarus. We reiterate our call to the Belarusian authorities to put a stop to its campaign of repression and to release those unjustly detained.   We reject the recent so-called ‘inauguration’ of Alexander Lukashenko, which lacks any democratic legitimacy. The Belarusian people…

Simon Coveney to attend EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels to discuss Western Balkans, EU-African Union cooperation, Iran, Ukraine and Venezuela

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD, was in Brussels recently to attend a meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers. Ministers will discuss the Western Balkans, EU-African Union cooperation, Iran, Ukraine and Venezuela Speaking in advance of the meeting, the Tánaiste said: “Ministers will have an exchange of views on the…

Statement by Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee TD, on the State of the Union address to the European Parliament by President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker

President Juncker’s State of the Union speech is an important contribution to the ongoing debate on the future of Europe. We greatly appreciated the solidarity President Juncker has demonstrated on Brexit, and welcome his comments today in support of Ireland. His wide-ranging speech touched on many of the key areas in the debate, including the…

No radical change in EU direction needed, Ibec tells Future of Europe National Citizens’ Dialogue

At the National Citizens’ Dialogue on the Future of Europe in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Ibec said that the EU must focus its efforts on implementing ongoing positive reform, rather than embarking on a radical change of direction. The business group said the EU should focus on its core competencies and objectives, and avoid legislating in areas where member states are better…