European Parliament –  Brussels
29/03/2023 | 16h30




The goal of this event is to underline the continued importance of the Good Friday Agreement by amplifying the voices of the various players involved in bringing it about alongside those of the younger generations who have benefitted from its legacy. It will also highlight the contributions of the EU and the wider international community to developing, promoting, and protecting this achievement.

This symposium will take the form of two panels. A first high-level panel will include current political leaders and stakeholders representing the various players involved in bringing about the Good Friday Agreement. A second panel will explore the legacy of the Good Friday Agreement, and the progress that has been achieved since its signing.


16h30: Welcome and Introduction
• Chris MacManus MEP, The Left GUE/NGL

16h45:  25 years on: Political discussion on the Good Friday Agreement, Northern Ireland and the EU
Chaired by Seán Kelly MEP, EPP Group

Confirmed guests on the first panel include:
• Robbie Butler, MLA, UUP Deputy Leader
• Caoimhe Archibald, MLA
• Sen. Emer Currie
• Ambassador Lindsay Croisdale-Appleby, British Ambassador to the EU
• Address by Thijs Reuten, S&D MEP

18h00: 25 years on: Sports, culture and reconciliation: The legacy of the Good Friday Agreement
Chaired by Barry Andrews MEP

Confirmed guests on the second panel include:
• Tara Grace Connolly, Prominent Journalist
• Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive Special EU Programmes Body
• Tommy Bowe, Former Irish Rugby Player & Prominent TV Presenter

19h00: Closing Remarks
Ciarán Cuffe MEP, Greens/European Free Alliance

The conference will be followed by a cocktail reception.