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Ireland 40 years on: the benefits, opportunities and challenges of EU membership

Seminar - Castleknock Hotel & Country Club, Porterstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15, Ireland

On Friday, 1 February 2013, the Various Interests Group of the EESC organised a high-level conference in collaboration with the European Movement Ireland to mark Ireland's 40th anniversary of accession to the EU and the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2013. The conference, which has been granted associate event status of the Irish Presidency, was entitled "Ireland 40 years on: the benefits, opportunities and challenges of EU membership" and provided the members of the EESC, and a wide range of organisations representing organised civil society in Ireland, with an invaluable and unique opportunity to review and assess Ireland's journey through the past 40 years of EU membership and discuss important issues such as: "The costs and consequences of a non-Europe", "Ireland as an example of how to cope with the challenges posed by the financial crisis", plus a range of various other topics concerning the CAP reform, the future of European farming and the environment, within the context of the negotiations on the MFF.


The Minister for Social Protection, Joan BURTON T.D., delivered the keynote speech and other members of the Irish Parliament had also been invited to attend. The inaugural session was co-chaired by President Luca Jahier and Senator Jillian van Turnhout, Member of the Irish Senate, Vice-President of the European Movement Ireland, former Vice-President of the EESC and former Vice-President of Group III at the EESC.