11/10/2010

President Lands In Denmark

President McAleese is today undertaking a three-day official visit to Denmark to highlight and promote opportunities for increased co-operation between Irish and Danish business interests, with a special focus on renewable energy sources and tourism.

The President's itinerary commenced in Copenhagen today with high-level bilateral meetings with Mr Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark and Mr Thor Pedersen, President of the Folketing (Parliament).

She will address a business lunch attended by Danish clients of Enterprise Ireland, Tourism Ireland, IDA and Bord Bia, and will have the opportunity to meet with members of the large Irish community in Copenhagen. That night, the President will be guest of honour at a dinner hosted by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II.

On Tuesday, the President will travel to Samsø, Denmark's Renewable Energy Island where she will be briefed on the community's success in converting the island from oil and gas energy to renewable energy sources including wind turbines, solar cells and biomass plants.

The President will also meet with representatives from Shannon Development involved in the Irish-Danish Biomob initiative, which identifies biomass synergies between regions.

This will be followed by a visit to Samsø Energy Academy, which has a global reputation in the field of sustainable energy for small islands and peripheral regions.

The day's engagements will finish with a business dinner hosted by the Rector of Århus University and attended by local and Irish stakeholders in the area of science, innovation and renewable energy.

The final day will focus on cultural and tourism links between Ireland and Denmark with a visit to Roskilde where the President will view the Sea Stallion of Glendalough, a replica Viking ship built in partnership between Denmark and Ireland.

President McAleese will also visit Roskilde Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and burial place of the kings and queens of Denmark. Following a lunch hosted by the Mayor of Roskilde, the President will return to Copenhagen where she will attend the official opening of Tourism Ireland's Nordic Headquarters, highlighting Denmark's growing potential for the Irish tourism industry.

The President departed on Sunday 10th and will return on Wednesday 13th October and is being accompanied by Minister for European Affairs, Dick Roche.

(BMcC/KMcA)

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