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19 FEBRUARY 2009
APN 20 – 08/09



The Speaker has received notification from the First Minister and deputy First Minister, in accordance with section 52A (1) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, as amended by the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006, that the next meeting of the British-Irish Council will be held on 20 February 2009 in Cardiff. The agenda for the meeting is attached.

The following Ministers will be in attendance:

Rt Hon Peter Robinson - First Minister
Mr Martin McGuinness - deputy First Minister
Rt Hon Jeffrey Donaldson - Junior Minister
Mr Nigel Dodds – Minister of Finance and Personnel
Mr Gregory Campbell - Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure
Mr Conor Murphy - Minister for Regional Development
Ms Margaret Ritchie - Minister for Social Development


BIC Summit Meeting, SWALEC Stadium
20 February, 2009


1. Welcome

2. Economy

3. Social Inclusion

4. Review of the Work Programme

  • Energy
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Collaborative Spatial Planning
  • Housing

5. Proposal to Establish a Standing Secretariat

6. Ongoing Work of the Council – Progress Report

  • Minority Languages

7. Date and Location of next BIC Summit

8. Minutes of the Eleventh Summit Meeting, Edinburgh, 26 September 2008

9. Any Other Business

10. Draft Communiqué

BIC Secretariat
February 2009

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