National Co‐ordination in Brussels: The Role of Ireland's Permanent Representation

Brigid Laffan

in The National Co-ordination of EU Policy

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199248056
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601545 | DOI:
 National Co‐ordination in Brussels: The Role of Ireland's Permanent Representation

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This final country study describes how limited material resources impose severe constraints on the coverage of action and the type of activities that can be pursued by Ireland at the European level. At the same time, however, it shows that policy co-ordination can be effectively achieved when relations within an administrative élite are close and there is a political consensus in favour of Europe. Ireland’s permanent representation was established at Brussels in 1967 as an EU mission, and was part of a long-term strategy to ensure that Ireland would be successful in its application for membership of the European Union. This was finally achieved in 1973. The chapter describes the size and development of the Irish permanent representation from 1967 onwards, its current working methods, its role, and its effectiveness and capacity to implement ambitions.

Keywords: Brussels; development; effectiveness; EU policy; European Union; history; implementation of ambitions; Ireland; Irish permanent representation; national co-ordination; national policy; organization; policy co-ordination; role; size; working methods

Chapter.  8995 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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