Minister Murphy calls for renewed impetus on the Digital Single Market as Ireland leads fresh initiative 


The Minister for European Affairs, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Dara Murphy TD, today attended a meeting of the General Affairs Council in Brussels where Europe Ministers discussed EU enlargement and finalised preparations for the December meeting of the European Council which takes place on Thursday and Friday. Minister Murphy used the opportunity to call for a renewed impetus on the Digital Single Market, as Ireland leads a fresh initiative with like minded Member States. 

Ahead of the EU leaders' summit, the Taoiseach authored a letter to President Tusk, signed by Prime Ministers from 15 other Member States, calling for sustained ambition on the EU's flagship Digital Single Market Strategy. Minister Murphy and senior officials have laid the groundwork in recent weeks for this initiative by Ireland and like minded partners. 

Speaking after today's meeting, Minister Murphy called for a renewed impetus on the Digital Single Market. He said:

"It's important that there is strong support from the European Council this week to maintain momentum on the Digital Single Market. The Taoiseach's letter to President Tusk, signed by 15 other leaders, reflects the priority Ireland and partners attach to unlocking the full potential of the Digital Single Market. 

"I've been working closely with like minded partners at European level on the Digital Single Market in recent months, together with our senior officials. If we get it right, the DSM can become a key driver of economic growth right across Europe and will be a win-win for consumers and SMEs alike." 

On EU enlargement and Turkey in particular, Minister Murphy said:

"Europe Ministers held a robust debate on enlargement at today's meeting, following the publication by the Commission of its annual progress report. I very much welcome the re-affirmation by the Council of its commitment to enlargement policy and the clear message that adherence to core European values is critical for aspiring EU members.

"Like many of our partners, we remain very concerned with developments in Turkey. However, we do not believe that suspension, temporary or otherwise, of accession talks is the right course of action. It's important that we keep the lines of communication with Turkey open at this sensitive time and that we maintain the long-term European perspective for the people of Turkey."