We need a European economic model that allows society to flourish - Creighton

Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton TD, today (Saturday) outlined how Ireland can play a central role in the renewal of the European Union.

Speaking at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in at the Convention Centre Dublin, Minister Creighton spoke about the vital importance of maintaining and improving the European society.

“The European Union is not just an economic construct; there are other successful economic models out there. What we want is an economic model which allows the society we want to flourish. And let’s not forget – society is important. We operate on a number of basic social principles; rule of law, democracy, freedom of expression and so on. We need to find the economic and constitutional model which will preserve these principles.”

The Minister spoke of the need for the European Institutions to be more democratic, efficient and flexible: ‘I would argue that we need institutions which are much more accessible to the citizen and more responsive. I mean institutions with which the citizen can identify such as a directly elected President. I mean an institutional arrangement so that it is possible to know who does what.

“In 2013, on the 40th anniversary of our membership of the EEC, as it was then, Ireland will assume the Presidency of the European Union. I am confident it will be a presidency where Ireland will, once again, show the way forward for the whole of the European Union. It will be a presidency that focuses on jobs and growth and on enterprise and innovation. It will be a presidency of renewal for the whole European Union.”

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