Minister Murphy attends EU GAC, Brussels


The Minister for European Affairs, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Dara Murphy T.D., attended a meeting of the EU General Affairs Council in Brussels today. The mid-term review of the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020 was the main item on the agenda.
Speaking after the meeting, Minister Murphy said:
“Ministers today discussed the mid-term review of the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the period 2014-2020. This review is about ensuring that our EU budget continues to be targeted at the right areas, adding value and allowing the Union to respond to new challenges, while delivering prudent budgetary management.”
Ministers held preparatory discussions ahead of the December meeting of the European Council, where EU leaders will focus on migration, security, economic and social development and external relations. They also discussed the future development of the Rule of Law dialogue, on the basis of experience to date.
Tomorrow Minister Murphy will attend a meeting of the General Affairs Council devoted to Cohesion policy. The Minister noted that Ireland has been a significant beneficiary of Structural Funds over more than forty years of EU membership. In particular, he highlighted the contribution EU funding for the PEACE Programme had made to the process of peace building and reconciliation on the island.