Principal Objectives

The EU & International Division deals with EU/Euro area policy formation, strategy and co-ordination and promoting national interests relevant to the delivery of Government Policy and the Department of Finance’s Mission Statement at EU and International level.

The Division supports the Minister for Finance at Ecofin and Eurogroup and services the Economic and Financial Committee and the Economic Policy Committee. It is involved in progressing the EU Governance, EU Semester and EU Budgetary processes as well as ensuring compliance with the EU-IMF Programme. The Division also has responsibility for the management of Ireland’s relationship with and shareholding in International Financial Institutions including the EIB, World Bank and IMF.

Nicholas O’Brien (Assistant Secretary General) is responsible for International and EU affairs and Paul Ryan (Director) is responsible for International Financial Institutions.