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Restoring confidence in Europe: EPP Group Study Days, Dublin, 6-7 March


05 Mar 2014
Growth, job creation and restoring confidence in Europe are the key themes of the EPP Group meetings in Dublin, Ireland, on Thursday 6 March and Friday 7 March 2014.
“The EPP Group Study Days are taking place in Dublin at an important time for Europe. Our focus is on continuing the modest but important recovery in growth in the European economy and tackling unemployment, especially the unacceptably high level of youth unemployment. Restoring confidence in the EU economy is vital to making progress. People need to believe in the future and believe that recovery is happening. Clearly, we will be addressing wider, deeply concerning issues, namely the situation in Ukraine”, said Mairead McGuinness MEP, EPP Group Vice-Chairwoman and Head of the Fine Gael Delegation of the EPP Group in the European Parliament.
Chairman of the EPP Group, Joseph Daul MEP, will welcome delegates to the Study Days tomorrow morning before the first session on Restoring Confidence in Europe begins, featuring Ireland’s Minister of State for European Affairs Paschal Donohoe TD.
Thursday afternoon's programme centres on Growth and Recovery chaired by Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group, Gunnar Hokmark MEP, with the European Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget, Janusz Lewandowski, Irish Minister of State for Public Sector Reform, Brian Hayes TD, and Ireland’s Sean Kelly MEP. The discussion will be chaired by Irish MEP Jim Higgins.
Relaunching the Social Market Economy is the theme for Friday’s Study Days with MEP McGuinness as Chair and guest speakers including Portuguese Deputy Prime Minister Paulo Portas. An address by Irish MEP Gay Mitchell will conclude the EPP Group Study Days.
The EPP Party Congress runs alongside the Study Days. The EPP candidate for President of the European Commission will be selected on Friday afternoon (7 March).
Approximately 2,000 participants from 39 countries are expected to attend the EPP Congress and EPP Group Study Days.
The EPP Group is by far the largest political group in the European Parliament with 274 Members from 27 Member States.
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Joseph DAUL
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