Minister Micheál Martin meets Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin T.D. met with Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Mr Jean Asselborn, at Iveagh House today. This was the first bilateral meeting in Ireland between Minister Martin and the Luxembourg Foreign Minister.
The two Ministers discussed a broad range of EU, international and
bilateral issues including the Lisbon Treaty and the EU’s handling
of the current international economic crisis.
Minister Martin said:
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to meet my Luxembourg colleague, Jean Asselborn. Luxembourg is a country at the core of the EU that plays a role in European affairs out of proportion to its geographical size. Ireland has worked well with Luxembourg over the years of our EU membership. They have been especially supportive to us since June last in relation to the Lisbon Treaty and to the guarantees we require in response to the concerns that emerged during last year’s referendum campaign.
At today’s meeting, we had a detailed discussion of the Lisbon Treaty. I briefed Foreign Minister Asselborn on our work on the legal guarantees promised to us at the European Council in December.
We also discussed other key issues on the EU agenda, including the handling of the current economic and financial situation and the preparations for next week’s Spring European Council. Both our countries see the EU as a central pillar for an effective response to the current economic difficulties our countries face. Working together as Europeans offers the best prospect for emerging strongly from the current global downturn.
We reviewed a number of foreign policy issues. We also took
the opportunity to look forward to the State Visit of President
McAleese to Luxembourg later this year.”
Department of Foreign Affairs
11th March 2009