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Irish EU presidency 2013

The Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Lucinda Creighton, told the Dail that Ireland would hold the presidency of the European Union from January to June 2013 (Dail Eirann, Debates, 13th July, 548-9).  To manage it, two inter-departmental groups had been set up in 2010, one for logistics and the other for policy.    Officials were already identifying work areas arising from the current Polish presidency and anticipated from subsequent Danish and Cypriot presidencies in 2012.  Issues likely to figure on the Irish presidency agenda were the multi-annual financial framework, the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy, the economic and financial situation, employment creation and the promotion of European competitiveness.  Ireland would operate in the context of an 18-month presidency trio with Lithuania, which would follow Ireland and then Greece in 2014.