EU chief thanks Irish folks for ‘excellent’ welcome for Ukrainian refugees

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Ms von der Leyen is on a two-day journey to Dublin, the place she is assembly Irish premier Micheal Martin.

The 2 leaders will focus on the warfare on Ukraine, the power disaster, inexperienced transition and the Northern Eire Protocol throughout her go to.

She can even handle a joint sitting of the Homes of the Oireachtas to mark Eire’s 50-year membership of the EU.

Talking on the steps of Authorities Buildings in Dublin, Ms von der Leyen stated: “I wish to personally thanks (Micheal Martin) for the superb co-operation we had within the final two-and-a-half years.

“These had been very eventful years certainly. As you stated, initially the pandemic.

“You might have steered very skilfully Eire by means of the pandemic and out of the pandemic, and I extremely recognize the way you’ve all the time been a powerful supporter of our vaccine technique.

“You might have offered a wonderful nationwide restoration resilience plan and the subsequent technology EU the place I had the honour and pleasure to be right here to current it along with you.

“Now, certainly, we’re in troublesome instances as a result of Russia unleashed an atrocious warfare towards Ukraine. At the beginning I wish to thank the Irish folks, for opening their hearts and their houses to Ukrainian refugees. That is excellent.

“I wish to thanks for the robust help for Ukraine to develop into a candidate member of the European Union.”

She stated everybody was feeling the knock-on results of the warfare in Ukraine, together with the large power costs.

The European Fee president additionally praised Eire’s efforts to spend money on renewable power.

“We’re working very carefully collectively, initially, to diversify away from Russian fossil fuels with success, she added.

“We’ve saved a whole lot of power, we’ve crammed our storage so we’re protected for the winter.

“However in fact there must be a solution for the mid to long-term, and right here I wish to underline how spectacular the Irish funding in renewable power is.

“So you already know your greatest solution to develop into an clear power superpower within the EU.”

Mr Martin additionally paid tribute to Ms von der Leyen.

“I wish to pay tribute to the management of the president during the last variety of years, significantly in the course of the pandemic, the warfare on Ukraine and managing the power disaster that has resulted from that,” he stated.

“We’ll focus on immediately how we will proceed to make actual our unequivocal help for the folks of Ukraine, as they face into a really chilly and troublesome winter and face the ravages of a horrible, immoral and unlawful warfare. After all, we are going to focus on the power disaster, the slowing international economic system.

“However above all, realizing the president’s robust dedication to intensifying the inexperienced transition, we are going to focus on that and naturally, our relationship with like-minded international locations like the US and the UK. We’ll focus on the continued state of affairs when it comes to the Northern Eire protocol.

“We recognize the solidarity that has been proven. However in fact, all of us wish to have a constructive and stable relationship with our neighbours, the UK. So that can kind the idea of our discussions immediately as we mark 50 years of Eire’s transformative membership with the European Union.”

Ms von der Leyen will later meet with the Irish president Michael D Higgins.


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