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An Taoiseach meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, will today welcome President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, to Government Buildings in Dublin for a bilateral meeting.

They will discuss the state of play in Brexit negotiations in advance of next week’s European Council meeting.

Other topics will include trade, Economic and Monetary Union, EU migration and the EU's budget.

President Juncker will be accompanied by the European Chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, and European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan. The Tánaiste Simon Coveney, and the Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee will also attend the meeting.

This evening the Taoiseach will host a dinner in honour of the visit of President Juncker in Dublin Castle.

Speaking ahead of the visit, the Taoiseach said:

I’m very much looking forward to President Juncker’s first visit to Ireland as Commission President. I will thank President Juncker and Michel Barnier for their ongoing support for Ireland and their show of solidarity throughout the Brexit negotiations.

This is an important opportunity to assess the state of play in the Brexit negotiations. We need to see much more progress from the UK to implement the commitments they made in December and March, and I expect the UK’s efforts to intensify in the period ahead.

President Juncker and I are both very committed to the European project and the benefits that it brings to citizens across the Union. We will also discuss other key items on the agenda of next week's meeting of the European Council such as trade, ensuring a stable euro, and equipping the Union with a budget for its future needs.