Coveney is first Irish winner of European Business Press Award

Minister for Foreign Affairs speaks about a range of issues including Brexit, cybersecurity and climate change

16th September, 2020
Simon Coveney: 'There has been an extraordinary sense of solidarity across the European Union throughout the Brexit process'

Simon Coveney has been named the first Irish winner of the European Business Press Award.

The association of European business newspapers presented the prize to the Minister for Foreign Affairs on September 11.

The award was presented by Christian Rainer, the association's president. Now in its 29th year, the European Business Press includes 44 leading European business publications from 24 countries including the Business Post in Ireland.

“This award represents a significant recognition by Europe’s business press community of Mr Coveney’s work to date as Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade," Rainer said.

"In addition it is also a celebration of the efforts by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Irish government and the Irish people for their handling of Brexit; maintaining a strong and steady tie to the European Union and Ireland’s fellow EU members; winning a seat for Ireland on the UN Security Council; and seeing through the complex formation of a new government.

“The prize itself is a replica of the oldest wooden wheel in the world which dates back approximately 5,150 years and was discovered in a Slovenian bog in 2002. The wheel is an appropriate symbol of the progress, movement and forward-thinking Minister Coveney has emulated throughout his impressive career in politics, and on behalf of Europe’s leading business journalists and publications I would like to warmly congratulate him and his department staff who are most deserving of this accolade.”

Accepting the award, Coveney said: “The news that I was nominated and chosen for this award was very much unexpected and it is something that I greatly appreciate. There has been an extraordinary sense of solidarity across the European Union throughout the Brexit process.

"I will continue to work intensively in the period ahead to deliver our shared desire for a satisfactory outcome – one that maintains not only the close relationship between the UK and Ireland but between the UK and all our European partners. It is in that spirit that I am pleased to accept this award.”

On receiving the award, Coveney was congratulated by Alexander Schallenberg, the Austrian Minister for Foreign Affairs, who said his Irish counterpart was an “excellent choice” as winner.

As part of the event, Coveney was interviewed by Michael Brennan, the political editor of the Business Post on a range of issues including Brexit, cybersecurity and climate change. The video of that interview is available here:

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