Wednesday, 18 May 2011

EU will speak with one voice at UN – Ireland’s independent foreign policy………!?

UN General Assembly has voted to give the EU enhanced Observer Status. EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton said ‘the resolution will in future enable EU representatives to present and promote the EU’s positions in the UN, as agreed by its member states’.
The change means the EU can address UN meetings through its own officials, rather than the country holding its rotating presidency, but does not give it voting rights. The EU has been working to upgrade its status at the UN since its member state governments approved the Lisbon Treaty in 2007.

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