Ireland and Wales launch Shared Statement and Joint Action Plan 2021 to 2025, 1 March 2021

1 Mar 2021 12:42 PM

Shared Statement and Joint Action Plan 2021 to 2025 sets out the ambition and plans for the Ireland – Wales relationship in years ahead.

Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney T.D.,  and First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford M.S., yesterday published the ‘Ireland Wales Shared Statement and Joint Action Plan 2021 to 2025’.

This formal Shared Statement sets out the ambitions and plans for the Ireland-Wales relationship in the years ahead, as both countries work to increase cooperation and collaboration between Governments and partners across the business, arts, sporting and community sectors.

Commenting on the newly published Shared Statement, the Minister for Foreign Affairs yesterday said:

I am pleased to mark St David’s Day with the publication of the Ireland Wales Shared Statement, which sets out our ambition to deepen cooperation with our Welsh neighbours to 2025 and beyond. 
I look forward to working closely with Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford to deliver on the Shared Statement and associated Joint Action Plan. 
I particularly welcome our plan to host an inaugural Ireland Wales Forum later this year to bring together political, economic and broader stakeholders to build relationships, to reflect on ongoing collaboration and to identify opportunities for further cooperation”. 

First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford yesterday commented:

I am delighted, on our national day, to launch this shared statement with Ireland which underpins our joint commitment to strengthening our existing ties at political, economic and cultural level.

Our shared ambitions are more important than ever as we both look towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

I look forward to continuing to build on our existing ties and deepen co-operation with our closest European Union neighbour’

At the heart of this new initiative is a shared commitment to maintain the closest possible relationship between Ireland and Wales, following the UK’s departure from the EU. The accompanying Joint High Level Action Plan builds on the two countries’ ongoing joint work across six key areas of cooperation. More than forty actions have been identified across the areas of political and official engagement; climate and sustainability; trade and tourism; education and research; culture, language and heritage; and communities, diaspora and sport.

Priority actions include:

Further actions envisage deeper cooperation to build on the successes of the Ireland Wales European Territorial Cooperation Programme, increased parliamentary links, cooperation in renewable energy research, Irish language scholarships, engagement with diaspora communities, joint promotion of participation and inclusivity in sport, and continued engagement on shared policy priorities through the British Irish Council.