The Agriculture Minister says a collective response to the horse meat crisis is the main focus at a meeting in Brussels.
Simon Coveney is chairing the Agriculture and Fisheries Council today.
Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy will also be discussed.
Mr. Coveney says he hopes for an 'agreement in principal' on the issue.
Speaking to reporters on his way into the talks, the Minister says Ireland is leading the way on horse meat checks.
"We are implementing domestically a whole series of DNA checks, if you like now, and we're actually main-streaming DNA testing within our food safety, health regulations and checks within Ireland" he said.
"But every country has to decide what the appropriate response for their own country is; but collectively we need a European response as well, and that's what we will be focusing on today" he added.