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02-07-2013

EP President thanks Ireland at the end of its presidency

The Irish Presidency has worked closely with the European Parliament on numerous issues including securing political agreements on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020, reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and on banking union."

European Parliament President Martin Schulz made the following statement on the start of the Lithuanian presidency of the Council of the European Union and the end of the Irish presidency:

"As the European Parliament warmly thanks Ireland for an excellent presidency, it expects to have a very good relationship and cooperation with the first-ever Lithuanian presidency.

I am confident that Lithuania will successfully push ahead with reforms aimed at restoring economic growth, creating jobs and enhancing EU credibility, internally and abroad.

It will not be an easy presidency. The EU has a record number of laws that should be quickly adopted as the current legislative term is coming to an end.

I would like to thank President Dalia Grybauskaitė for a comprehensive and well-delivered presentation of the presidency's plans. Lithuania has chosen its priorities wisely. There are no more urgent tasks than promoting growth, fighting unemployment and social exclusion. I therefore urge the Council to take into consideration the long-standing request of the European Parliament for a fully-fledge social pillar in the Economic and Monetary Union.

It is crucial to continue efforts to complete the banking union and improve financial market supervision. It is also of paramount importance to ensure the democratic accountability of the European economic governance which we are trying to build.

I hope the critical Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius in November will anchor Eastern neighbours firmly in the European path. Ukraine is key to the summit's success and our Cox-Kwasniewski mission is working hard to find the solution to the remaining obstacle.

As for the Irish Presidency, I want to pay tribute to Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton and many others for their extremely dedicated work. The Irish Presidency has worked closely with the European Parliament on numerous issues including securing political agreements on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020, reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and on banking union."