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Just the Facts: State of the European Union Address, 2017

President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, delivered his third annual ‘State of the European Union’ address at the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday, 13 September 2017.  The forward-looking speech, entitled ‘Catching the Wind in Our Sails’, took stock of the achievements of the past year and set out the […]

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Just the Facts: EU and UK Documents and Position Papers on Brexit

European Movement Ireland has sought to provide a comprehensive list of the EU and UK documents and position papers, as well as Irish government documents, which have been released to date. Introduction On 29 March 2017, the UK invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, formally beginning the […]

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Just the Facts: Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On 1 July 2017, Estonia took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, marking the first time Estonia has held the Presidency since they joined the EU in 2004.  Member States holding the Presidency work together in groups of three, called ‘trios.’  The trio sets out […]

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Just the Facts: Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union Report on Brexit: Implications and Potential Solutions

The Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union was established on 23 February 2017 to “consider the implications [of Brexit] for Ireland and to suggest some possible solutions to identifiable problems”.  The Committee had membership from across political parties and was chaired […]

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