Tribute was paid to former President of the European Parliament and former President of European Movement International, Pat Cox, at a reception hosted by An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore TD, in Iveagh House this evening.
Current President of European Movement International, German MEP, Jo Leinen, led the tribute to Mr Cox, citing his tremendous contribution to both the European Movement network and the progress of the European Union itself. Mr Cox served as an MEP for Munster from 1989 to 2004 and held the Presidency of the European Parliament from 2002 to 2004. He held the role of President of European Movement International from 2006 to 2009. European Movement Ireland Chairperson, Maurice Pratt, thanked Mr Cox for his on-going contribution to the organisation, where he still serves as a Vice-President.
Delegates representing 75 member organisations of the European Movement network from over 40 European countries travelled to Dublin for the event which forms part of the European Movement International Federal Assembly 2013, taking place today (Friday 24th) and tomorrow (Saturday 25th) in Dublin Castle. Led by European Movement Ireland, delegates at the Federal Assembly will engage in two days of discussion and networking.
Presentations today from Jo Leinen; Director of the Dublin-based European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), Mr Juan Menéndez-Valdés; and Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton TD focused on topics from “The EU way out of crisis” to the potential impact of an EU-US trade agreement.