There were two developments that were particularly positive
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An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD is in Brussels today as one of Europe’s ‘four presidents’ to discuss the EU budget for the next seven years.
The four presidents are the president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy; the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso; the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz and the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, represented by the Taoiseach.
The European Council did not manage to reach full agreement on the contraversial EU budget of €1 trillion for the next seven years at its meeting last November.
Those negotiations resume at European Council level in Brussels on 7 and 8 February, under the chairmanship of President Van Rompuy.
As presidency of the Council of the European Union, Ireland will have the responsibility of engaging with the European Parliament on agreeing the overall budget.
Negotiations on the budget will resume at the European Council later this week.