Stability, jobs and growth will be Ireland's priorities while in charge of the Council presidency over the next six months. EP president Martin Schulz and the leaders of the political groups visited Dublin in November to discuss it with the Irish government and we have now asked Irish MEPs to tell us what they hope the presidency will achieve.
In its latest progress report on Turkey, the Commission expresses serious concerns about lack of progress towards meeting the political criteria for EU membership. The Council and the EP's Foreign Affairs Committee support the Commission's position. Turkish authorities on the other hand consider the report unbalanced, while a US study considers that Turkey is repositioning itself.