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Stability, jobs and growth will be policy priorities for Ireland's 2013 EU Presidency

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 03:47 PM

An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore

Stability, jobs and growth will be the policy priorities for Ireland's 2013 EU Presidency, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said. He added that the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU will be about securing stability and ensuring that it leads to jobs and growth. The Irish Presidency will also focus on youth unemployment which stands at more than 25 per cent in 13 EU member states.

"Trade agreements are top of our agenda. There is potential there for up to two per cent growth in GDP across the EU. With the benefit of Ireland's close links with the US, we will work to progress the idea of a comprehensive EU-US Free Trade Agreement - among others. I discussed this recently with Secretary of State Clinton and I know it is a priority for them as well."

The Tánaiste also launched the Presidency website which you can see at this link.

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