Minister Cowen welcomes appointment of John Bruton as Head of European Commission's Delegation to the US
The European Commission today nominated Mr. John Bruton, T.D., as the Head of its Delegation to the United States. The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Brian Cowen, T.D., in warmly welcoming Mr Bruton’s nomination by the Commission, said that:
“John Bruton’s contribution to Irish public life in his thirty five years as a member of Dáil Éireann, including his period as Taoiseach, has been a distinguished one. Over that period his strong commitment to the development of the EU, and to Ireland’s role in the Union, has been particularly noteworthy. Most recently, as a member of the Praesidium of the European Convention, Mr Bruton made an important and effective contribution to the drafting of the European Constitution, which was eventually agreed during Ireland’s Presidency. His nomination as EU Ambassador in Washington is a very positive development for Europe, and an honour for Ireland.
The decision by the Commission to nominate a senior political figure to represent the European Union in the United States reflects in particular the priority that the Union attaches to EU-US relations. It underlines that a strong transatlantic relationship, which was a cornerstone of Ireland’s EU Presidency agenda, is essential for prosperity and growth on both sides of the Atlantic. While the nomination of its Heads of Delegation is, of course, a matter for the Commission itself, the Irish Government has been amongst those advocating that the Commission delegation in Washington be headed by a senior political figure.
The Minister concluded by saying that he wished John Bruton “every success and fulfilment in his new and critically important role.”