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European Presidency

Exchange of views with the Irish Ministers of Arts, Sport, Education and Youth


Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, started off by stating the Irish Presidency aims to show the shared diversity of culture in Ireland and in Europe by encouraging European artists to travel to Ireland and creatively work together. Ireland’s key priority is to focus on legislative proposals such as the Creative Europe 2014-2020 Programme and Europe for Citizens 2014-2020 that have been the focus of the previous presidencies; Denmark and Cyprus.

Furthermore, Michael Ring, Minister of State for Sport, stated that he would present the priorities for sport of the Irish Presidency for the next six months. The overall message of the Presidency was about restoring economic stability across the Union and creating jobs. He acknowledged the excellent work of the Parliament in the field of sport and stated that in the current economic climate it is important to recognise the importance of sport for social and economic improvement, both nationally and at European level. He pointed out that sports gives a sense of belonging amongst those who play and follow sports. The success of the elite sports people in honest and fair competition can encourage participation. Thus it is vital that policy makers protect the idea and values of fair sports. Finally he mentioned that the Irish Presidency intends to prepare for the 5th international conference of ministers and senior officials responsible for physical education and sport in Berlin in May.

In the other hand Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, responded to the issues raised during the exchange of views stating that there is no incompatibility in relation to the funding streams. She reiterated that within the informal learning opportunities there are huge opportunities to address other issues that are also important to youth. However she pointed out that she has taken note of the points raised during the discussion.

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