The Government has outlines the key priorities of the Irish Presidency as being the enlargement of the EU, which will be marked by a ceremony in Dublin on 1 May 2004, and the advancement of the EU's Lisbon competitiveness strategy.
This gathering of EU heads of state will apparently take place at Farmleigh House in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on 1 May to celebrate the new enlarged union. It will be the first time that the heads of all 25 member states will meet.
Invitations have already been issued for the event which will coincide with a street party.
A day of mobilisation for 1st May 2004 was also discussed at the Paris European Social Forum to demand the suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement.