Irish influence in the EU

Something on the European Movement Ireland page twigged my interest towards the end of last week. On Wednesday the Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs announced 27 new Heads of EU Delegation and 1 Deputy Head of EU Delegation. Of these 3 were Irish. That was the second highest number awarded to any country in this rotation.

The full break down was as follows:

  • Spain 5
  • Ireland 3
  • France 3
  • Germany 2
  • Netherlands
  • Italy 2
  • Poland 2
  • Belgium 2
  • Luxembourg 2
  • Bulgaria 1
  • Sweden 1
  • Austria 1
  • Lithuania 1
  • Denmark 1
  • Portugal 1

But does this make Ireland as influential as France? To find out I looked at what countries were getting Irish and French Head of Delegations.

The Irish Head of Delegations are being posted to Bangladesh, Mozambique and Botswana. The French Head of Delegations are being posted to Zambia, Chad and the Philippines.

On the basis of that I would think the Irish are having a lot of influence in the EU. It will be interesting to see if we can keep up this level of representation in the Heads of Delegations in the forthcoming rotations.

Its also nice to hear that Irishman David O’Sullivan, the current Director General for Trade at the EU Commission, is widely tipped to be Chief Operations Officer in the new European External Action Service (EEAS).

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Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for SpirtualityIreland.org and UCC Express.

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