Fingal Dublin Chamber is part of the delegation from the Irish Chamber of Commerce Network, led by Chambers Ireland today (12/10/2016) who met with key officials from across the European Commission to discuss matters of importance to the Irish business community.
With representation from Chambers of Commerce across Ireland, the objective of the trip was to highlight the need for the European Commission to proactively engage with the business community, particularly SMEs, on issues like trade, innovation, skills and regulation.
Speaking in Brussels today, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said, “Following on from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, it is now more important than ever for the voice of Irish business to be heard in Brussels. While we are steadfast in our belief that Ireland’s economic future can only be secured if it remains at the heart of a strong Europe, we also believe that the EU must evolve and adapt in these changing times. The voice of business must be listened to.”
“The Chamber Network briefed various European decision makers on the key concerns of Irish business. Even with the highest rates of growth in the EU, we are a small open economy and we are considerably exposed to external forces and the uncertainty stemming from Brexit. We must ensure that the European Commission continues to support growth, job creation and innovation.”
“Europe is key to the future economic growth of the Fingal Region and it is important that we engage at every opportunity within the EU to press the business case. Fingal Dublin Chamber participated in this delegation to ensure that our voice is heard together with the many other Chambers of Commerce. The Chamber also participated in the “European Parliament of Enterprises” on Thursday 13th October which is organised by Eurochambres in ion with the European Parliament, where more than 800 entrepreneurs from 45 European countries and from all business sizes and sectors will gather in the hemicycle of the European Parliament in Brussels to act as MEPs for one day, debating and voting on crucial business related policy issues.
Notes to Editor:
- Chambers of Commerce represented as part of the Irish Chamber delegation to Brussels include; Cork Chamber, Fingal Dublin Chamber, Galway Chamber, North Kildare Chamber, Shannon Chamber, South Dublin Chamber, Waterford Chamber and Wexford Chamber
- As part of the day’s itinerary, the Irish Chamber Network delegation met with the Irish Ambassador to the European Union, representatives from the Irish Regions Office, DG Trade, DG Growth and the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME)
Fingal Dublin Chamber is affiliated to Chambers Ireland – the largest business network in Ireland creating the best environment for members locally, regionally and nationally.
Delegation from the Irish Chamber of Commerce Network
(Left to right) Tony Lambert, CEO, Fingal Dublin Chamber with Mairead McGuinness MEP & Ian Talbot, CEO
Fingal Dublin Chamber CEO, Tony Lambert in the Europeran Parliament
EPE parliament hemicycle
Contact: Tony Lambert