2004-01..06 McCreevy chair of Ecofin
During the Irish EU presidency, Ireland's finance minister Charlie McCreevy headed the Council of finance ministers ECOFIN.
Chair of Ecofin 2004-01..06
Nothing about software patents or exclusive rights policy per se here, but a bigwig meeting he presided over, with links to some of his speeches:
Charlie McCreevy has been the chair of ECOFIN since January 2004 up until June 2004:
The Minister takes over the chair of the EcoFin Council for a period during which the Union will enlarge to include the 10 accession countries, with their formal joining on 1 May 2004. He will chair a total of six meeting of the Council in the presidency, one in each month, over the period to end-June. The meetings will take place in Brussels and Luxembourg, with the exception of the informal meeting in April which will be held in Punchestown, Naas, Co Kildare.
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The Minister for Finance, Charlie McCreevy, has been allocated the Internal Markets and Services portfolio in the new European Commission - one of the four powerful economic posts.
(Followed by a lot of unemployment stats, with definition of who's counted as unemployed)