| Michael Horgan
Communication/Information officer in DG Research
Originally from Newcastle, Co. Down, (Irish passport holder).
About your job: Communication and Information activities, published and web-based. Responsible for our national contact points who are our ambassadors and information multipliers in the EU member states and other countries participating in the Seventh Framework Programme for R&D. The best thing about the job is working in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual environment with many talented people. The financial/administrative procedures are quite challenging sometimes.
Why the EU? As well as the reasons given already, I believe in the European project. It has delivered peace, enriched our lives and choice of products from other Member States within the single market and now the Euro is becoming the strongest world currency.
How do you think Ireland has benefited most from the EU? As well as having received Regional Funds and used them rather well, Ireland is an equal an confident partner in the EU.
Based: Brussels (on the outskirts of Matongé, the Congolese area in Brussels)
Languages: 6 languages (English mother tongue, Irish, French and German in school, Italian while living in Italy and Dutch here in Brussels.)
Books/Music: Too many to mention, An Béal Bocht is an old favourite of mine and I have always liked Flann O'Brien. I have many favourite albums and, as a musician have been on a few, including several from our Brussels based band, eg Shantalla, Seven evenings, seven mornings