The Taoiseach was in Brussels today for a meeting of the European Council to discuss the current debt crisis.
Brian Cowen was accompanied by Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche.
Leaders of the 27 member states have been discussing ways to strengthen budget discipline and economic policy co-ordination.
EU leaders have agreed a range of measures including stress tests for banks and new banking levies.
The measures have been introduced in order to strengthen budgetary discipline and help address concerns about the single currency.