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Political Engagement

  • In order to apprise key Member States of Ireland’s concern on the impact of Brexit on our agri-food and fisheries sector, Minister Creed has embarked on a further series of bilateral meetings.  He met with his counterparts from Austria and Denmark - Fisheries Minister (16 April), The Netherlands (25 April), Germany and France (2 May) and the Agriculture Ministers of Belgium and Denmark (5 June) to discuss issues of mutual importance, at what is a crucial stage in the Brexit negotiations;
  • In the early part of 2017 he embarked on an intensive round of bilateral meetings with his counterparts in Germany, Netherlands Denmark, Estonia, Poland,  France, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium and Spain;
  • The purpose of these engagements was also to build alliances and assess the degree to which these Member States would support our efforts to have the agri-food and fisheries impacts of Brexit specifically and adequately taken account of in the future relationship negotiations;
  • Minister Creed has also spoken regularly to Commissioner Hogan (most often at the monthly AgriFish Council meetings), and has met EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier to press Ireland’s agri-food concerns. Departmental officials have also remained in ongoing contact with the Commission and the Barnier Task Force;
  • Political and official engagement has also taken place with Northern Ireland and UK counterparts;
  • Minister Creed had a meeting with Secretary of State Gove in London on 13 June, having previously met with him on 15 March during his St Patrick’s Day visit to London;

Michael Creed & Michael Gove image

Details of Political Engagement (pdf 283Kb)