- Constitution for the European Union
- Irish Economy
John Bruton, (Ireland) was elected to the Dáil to represent Meath. He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and to the Minister for Industry and Commerce. He served as Minister for Finance and Minister for Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism. He was Minister for Finance, served as Minister for the Public Service. He was elected Taoiseach of the Coalition Government (Fine Gael, the Labour Party and Democratic Left). Mr Bruton was Leader of Fine Gael. He was re-elected to the Dáil.
One of thirteen members of the Managing Board of the Convention on the Future of Europe
He also represented the European Union as President of the Council at Summit meetings with the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Prime Minister of Japan, the Prime Minister of Korea, the Prime Minister of China, the Prime Minister of Israel and Chairman Arafat of the Palestinian Authority.
Mr. Bruton was also Minister of Finance, Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism, and Minster for Finance. He was also Leader of the House, with responsibility for implementing reforms in the Dáil. He also was deeply involved in the Irish peace process. He helped develop the Strategic Management Initiative (SMI) for public sector reform in Ireland. Additionally, Mr. Bruton was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, and to the Minister for Industry and Commerce.
Mr. Bruton was first elected to the Dáil, becoming the youngest member of the 19th Dáil. During his career with Fine Gael he was Party Spokesperson on Northern Ireland, Deputy Leader of Fine Gael, Front Bench Spokesperson on Education, Industry and Commerce, Finance, Agriculture.
Mr. Bruton was also a member of the Dáil Committee on Procedures and Privileges, of the British-Irish Parliamentary Body, and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Mr. Bruton is Vice-President of the European People’s Party. In this capacity he is co-chairing a study of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy of the E.U. in the context of concerns about farm incomes, food safety and environmental protection. He is also Vice-President of the Christian Democrat International.