PRESS RELEASE | Migration, competitiveness and enlargement on the agenda at European Movement briefing on the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Migration, competitiveness and enlargement were on the agenda at the European Movement Ireland (EM Ireland) briefing on the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and launch of the EM Ireland Presidency calendar in Iveagh House today. The biannual calendar from EM Ireland details the key dates during the Presidency.

Speaking at the event, Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee TD, said: “I am delighted to be able to launch the Austrian EU Presidency Calendar today with H.E. Helmut Freudenschuss and European Movement Ireland. The Austrian government have prioritised migration; improved competitiveness and EU enlargement during their presidency and we will work with them to progress these issues in the best way possible over the next six months.

“I also look forward to continuing to work with my Austrian and other EU colleagues on the other key issues, including Brexit and the new EU budget over the next period.”

Ambassador of Austria to Ireland, H.E. Helmut Freudenschuss outlined Austria’s priorities for the six months of the Presidency.

H.E. Ambassador Freudenschuss added: “Austria views her role as Presidency of the EU as a neutral broker and a bridge-builder.”


Concluding the event, EM Ireland Executive Director, Noelle O Connell said: “This is Austria’s third presidency, having successfully held the role in 1998 and in 2006. This experience will prove valuable as we head into a busy agenda over the next six months,  including the final challenging phases of the Brexit negotiations.”


The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union runs from 1 July 2018 to 31 December 2018. 


EM Ireland’s Austrian Presidency Calendar is available to download from






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