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Organisation Information

European Union Division

Last updated: 19 December 2018
Published: 26 November 2018
From: Department of the Taoiseach

The European Union Division works to ensure that Ireland plays a full and effective role in all aspects of the European Union; promoting and protecting our national interests while also contributing to progress and prosperity across the union.

Within the division, the EU Policy Coherence Unit works to ensure 'whole of government' coherence in cross-cutting EU policies, providing overview and strategic focus in areas including the union’s budget (MFF); eurozone matters; the internal market and trade; and the European Semester.

The EU Strategic Planning Unit - also part of the division - supports the Taoiseach as a member of the European Council, including on the Article 50 Brexit process, and provides oversight and strategic direction on policy issues including migration, security and defence, and external relations. It also works to develop our strategic engagement with EU partners and supports the work of Cabinet Committee C.