Leaders across the EU are meeting today and tomorrow to discuss Covid-19, including efforts to increase the production, delivery and deployment of vaccines.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin will participate in the video conference which will also consider preparations for an interoperable digital vaccine certificate, as well as the global response to the pandemic, including COVAX.
The meeting across today and tomorrow will underscore the importance of the Single Market and the need to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness and resilience, accelerating the green and digital transformations.
In addition, EU leaders will also consider EU relations with Turkey and with Russia.
US President, Joe Biden, will also join the meeting this evening to discuss strengthening EU/US cooperation.
Following their meeting on Friday, Leaders will meet as the Euro Summit where they will be joined by the President of the Eurogroup, Paschal Donohoe, to consider the international role of the euro.
Speaking before the meeting, the Taoiseach said: "I look forward to joining my EU colleagues this week for important discussions on Covid-19.
"Vaccine supply chains are complex and international and we need to keep them open to help us ramp up supply.
"We will also consider how to strengthen the Single Market, which will be a key driver in securing Europe’s economic recovery post-Covid-19.
"I will be arguing for an open, productive and competitive EU, equipped to support the digital and green transformations.
"I also look forward to our engagement with President Biden on Thursday evening.
"As I discussed with him last week, the EU and the US are natural partners in the world - with many shared values and issues of mutual concern. We need to do more to strengthen cooperation between us."