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Every six months, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) changes. In turn, the member states follow one another in this capacity. 1er January 2013, it was therefore Ireland's turn to take up the torch, succeeding Cyprus. She is the first of her trio since she will work jointly with Lithuania, which will take over from 1er July, and Greece, which will hold the presidency in January 2014. This way of working ensures a certain continuity of initiatives for 18 months.
2013 marks the fortieth anniversary of the EU membership of Ireland, which is assuming its presidency for the seventh time.
The following activities will help students learn more about Ireland and the challenges it faces in this important mandate.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- give general information about Ireland;
- compare the role of the permanent president of the Council of the European Union and the role of the rotating presidency of the member states;
- list the challenges facing the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: What exactly is going on?

Invite students to learn about the topic by reading these articles:
Dublin takes over the Presidency of the European Union
Le Figaro. The last time Ireland seized the rotating presidency in 2004, it triumphed under the label of 'Celtic Tiger' and sponsored the largest enlargement in EU history: ten countries, mostly from the East, and 75 million Europeans absorbed suddenly. Nine years later, the perspective is drastically reversed.
Ireland wants growth-oriented EU presidency
Point. Ireland will be the first nation to take over the presidency of the European Union on January 1, an opportunity which this country often described as a "good student" wants to use to promote growth and jobs. which remain at home fragile.

Suggestions: reading aloud, reading individually or in a small group followed by a summary to the rest of the class, etc.

ACTIVITY 2: Ireland's challenges

During the six months of its presidency, Denmark faces many challenges. Which are they?
Write on the board any questions from students that remain, or any clarifications that need to be provided. Then challenge students to find these answers on their own, giving them time.

For further

What is the role of the permanent president of the European Council in relation to the rotating presidency of the member states?

More about the magazine

Irish Presidency website
The official Irish Presidency information portal.

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