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European Council

European Council

This institution is composed of the heads of state of all the 27 member states as well as the president of the Council. They meet to decide on the general political direction of the Union.

# european-council - Thursday 19 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach: I fully expect to lead Fine Gael into the next election Enda's Choice

Taoiseach: I fully expect to lead Fine Gael into the next election

Enda Kenny is “flattered” by being linked to two top European jobs that become available next year, but has insisted he intends to lead his party into the next general election.

# european-council - Tuesday 19 November, 2013

‘A great day for Europe’: MEPs approve EU’s budget for the next seven years MFF

‘A great day for Europe’: MEPs approve EU’s budget for the next seven years

The agreement brings to near conclusion a lengthy process of getting 28 member states to agree on its spending priorities for the coming years.

# european-council - Thursday 7 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Buongiorno Enrico! Taoiseach meets with Italian prime minister today Talks

Buongiorno Enrico! Taoiseach meets with Italian prime minister today

Enrico Letta will meet with Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin later.

# european-council - Sunday 3 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie There’s something about Enda: Taoiseach ‘being seriously talked about’ for EU job Enda's Choice

There’s something about Enda: Taoiseach ‘being seriously talked about’ for EU job

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed that his party leader is being talked about in Brussels as a possible European Commission or European Council president.

# european-council - Thursday 31 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Council of Europe report criticises power of local government in Ireland Local Government

Council of Europe report criticises power of local government in Ireland

The European Council report says that Ireland has improved, but needs to devolve more power to local authorities.

# european-council - Sunday 27 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Paschal Donohoe: ‘The ESM retrospective use is acknowledged in writing by EU ministers’ ESM

Paschal Donohoe: ‘The ESM retrospective use is acknowledged in writing by EU ministers’

The Minister for European Affairs said the government would be holding them to their commitment if necessary.

# european-council - Friday 25 October, 2013

Taoiseach expects decision on post-bailout credit facility before December exit

Enda Kenny was speaking at the end of the two-day European summit in Brussels today.

# european-council - Thursday 24 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach on Merkel ‘bugging’ claims: ‘I always operate on the basis that my calls are listened to’ Spying

In full: Taoiseach tells EU leaders it ‘remains imperative’ to split bank and sovereign debt

Enda Kenny has written a letter to the president of the European Council and other EU leaders. Read it in full here.

# european-council - Monday 23 September, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Bruton: At critical moments Angela Merkel has been a very important ally Richard Bruton

Bruton: At critical moments Angela Merkel has been a very important ally

The Jobs Minister was speaking after the German chancellor’s election win yesterday.

# european-council - Wednesday 10 July, 2013

Just like us: Latvia will be using the euro from 1 January next year

The decision was confirmed by the European Council yesterday and will give the Baltic state six months to prepare for the changeover.

# european-council - Thursday 27 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Youth unemployment tops the agenda as EU leaders head to Brussels European Council

Youth unemployment tops the agenda as EU leaders head to Brussels

Enda Kenny and colleagues will also discuss signing off on individual budgetary recommendations for each member state.

# european-council - Tuesday 25 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Budget 2014 (yes, already) and Dáil scrapping Seanad? Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Budget 2014 (yes, already) and Dáil scrapping Seanad?

The final Dáil vote on whether to proceed with a constitutional referendum will be held just after 10:30pm this evening.

# european-council - Friday 21 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Menthol cigarettes could be banned across the EU (but not until 2017) Tobacco Directive

Menthol cigarettes could be banned across the EU (but not until 2017)

Health ministers, chaired by James Reilly, have agreed a ban on menthol cigarettes – but won’t ban slim cigarettes for now.

# european-council - Monday 17 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Who’s who: Meet the nine men and one woman who make up the G8 leaders G8

Who’s who: Meet the nine men and one woman who make up the G8 leaders

Eight heads of government, and two EU presidents make up the G8 leaders who are gathering in Northern Ireland today and tomorrow.

# european-council - Sunday 16 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie The next head of the European Commission will probably be chosen in Dublin European Union

The next head of the European Commission will probably be chosen in Dublin

The European People’s Party, the biggest group in the European Parliament, is choosing its candidate in Dublin.

# european-council - Monday 3 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie PHOTOS: PSNI undergo riot training ahead of G8 summit Predict A Riot This post contains images

PHOTOS: PSNI undergo riot training ahead of G8 summit

A massive security effort is being organised ahead of the arrival of world leaders like Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and David Cameron to Enniskillen later this month.

# european-council - Wednesday 22 May, 2013

Leaders back EU’s plan to attack ‘tax planning’ by the end of 2013

The heads of the 27 EU member states have called for ‘rapid progress’ on plans to stop companies abusing international structures.

# european-council - Tuesday 16 April, 2013

From TheJournal.ie MEPs ask for next year’s local and European elections to be moved European Elections

MEPs ask for next year’s local and European elections to be moved

An influential committee wants the elections two weeks earlier, giving more time for European Commission elections.

# european-council - Friday 15 March, 2013

Eurozone finance ministers consider Cyprus bailout

The meeting of finance ministers will follow day two of a summit by EU leaders which will focus on the Syrian crisis.

# european-council - Tuesday 19 February, 2013

From TheJournal.ie 7 things Ireland has done in the first 50 days of its EU presidency 50 First Days

7 things Ireland has done in the first 50 days of its EU presidency

It’s February 19 – and the 50th day of Ireland’s tenure at the helm of the Council of the European Union.

# european-council - Wednesday 13 February, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Brussels calls for mandatory beef DNA tests across the EU Horse Meat

Brussels calls for mandatory beef DNA tests across the EU

Tonio Borg wants 2,500 tests on beef products, and 1,500 on horsemeat products, to ascertain the extent of the labelling problem.

# european-council - Friday 8 February, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Kenny: EU budget ‘a good deal for Ireland and a good deal for Europe’ EU Budget

Kenny: EU budget ‘a good deal for Ireland and a good deal for Europe’

The Taoiseach has welcomed a deal limiting EU spending between 2014 and 2020 to €960 billion.

From TheJournal.ie European Parliament leaders: We will veto hard-fought EU budget Non!

European Parliament leaders: We will veto hard-fought EU budget

The leaders of the four main groups say ‘non’ to the deal – making it virtually impossible for Ireland to steer it past MEPs.

From TheJournal.ie Enda Kenny Doing His Signature Move Pic of the Day Pic Of The Day
From TheJournal.ie Leaders strike a deal on EU budget until 2020 EU Budget

Leaders strike a deal on EU budget until 2020

The deal comes in spite of what were seen as key differences between France and the UK over the EU’s fiscal future.

From TheJournal.ie EU leaders battle over budget at tough summit EU Budget

EU leaders battle over budget at tough summit

Countries like Britain are insisting that the EU has to make the same drastic cuts that member nations are making in their own budgets.

# european-council - Thursday 7 February, 2013

From TheJournal.ie ‘It might be a late night’: EU leaders bunker down for budget talks EU Budget

‘It might be a late night’: EU leaders bunker down for budget talks

European Council president Herman van Rompuy hasn’t yet found common ground on a seven-year EU Budget.

# european-council - Wednesday 6 February, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Transport grants, promissory notes and WW2 pardon Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Transport grants, promissory notes and WW2 pardon

Legislation granting a legal pardon to Irish deserters who fought for the Allies in World War II will be introduced today.

# european-council - Tuesday 15 January, 2013

From TheJournal.ie EU considering calling summit next month on seven-year budget EU Budget

EU considering calling summit next month on seven-year budget

Herman van Rompuy is canvassing member states to ask whether he should call another summit on the budget in February.

# european-council - Wednesday 9 January, 2013

From TheJournal.ie In full: Herman van Rompuy’s speech in Dublin today EU2013

In full: Herman van Rompuy’s speech in Dublin today

The President of the European Council is in town to mark Ireland’s presidency of the Council of the EU. Here’s what he said.

# european-council - Tuesday 1 January, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: A crash course on Ireland’s presidency of the EU EU2013

Explainer: A crash course on Ireland’s presidency of the EU

Ireland’s six-month stint running the Council of the European Union starts today. So what’s involved?

# european-council - Friday 14 December, 2012

From TheJournal.ie Deal on Irish bank debt ‘can be reached before 2014’ – Kenny Brussels

Deal on Irish bank debt ‘can be reached before 2014’ – Kenny

The Taoiseach says discussions on the help Ireland can receive from the ESM can continue before a new banking supervisor is set up.

From TheJournal.ie EU leaders repeat aim of splitting bank and sovereign debts European Council

EU leaders repeat aim of splitting bank and sovereign debts

Ahead of Day 2 of a two-day summit, EU leaders say a deal on a new banking regulator is “a major qualitative step”.

# european-council - Thursday 13 December, 2012

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Thursday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Good morning! Every day TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you kick off your day.

# european-council - Wednesday 28 November, 2012

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: CIE debts, employment rights, abortion vote Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: CIE debts, employment rights, abortion vote

Today’s business at Leinster House will include a debate on employment rights for immigrants of questionable working status.

# european-council - Friday 23 November, 2012

From TheJournal.ie EU budget talks head into second day but no deal yet EU Budget

EU budget talks head into second day but no deal yet

Angela Merkel is doubtful as to whether a deal can be reached as the leaders of the 27 EU members meet again today.

# european-council - Thursday 8 November, 2012

From TheJournal.ie Busy man: Taoiseach in Budapest, Vienna and Berlin today On The Move

Busy man: Taoiseach in Budapest, Vienna and Berlin today

Enda Kenny meets with two heads of government and picks up his ‘European of the Year’ award today.

# european-council - Sunday 21 October, 2012

From TheJournal.ie Rabbitte slams ‘orgy of negativity’ over bank debt deal Bank Debt

Rabbitte slams ‘orgy of negativity’ over bank debt deal

Pat Rabbitte siad that he would have preferred if Angela Merkel had not made the remarks she made but insisted that an agreement to deal with Ireland’s bank debt still stands.

# european-council - Saturday 20 October, 2012

From TheJournal.ie Govt insists agreement to address bank debt stands, FF says it’s in denial Bank Debt

Govt insists agreement to address bank debt stands, FF says it’s in denial

The government has continued to insist a deal on Ireland’s debt still stands despite comments from the German chancellor yesterday.

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