Description:Ibec launched ‘A European Union that works’, part I, before the European elections in May 2014. It outlines the business priorities for the European Parliament 2014-2019 and stresses the important role Irish MEPs will have in shaping law and policy and giving Ireland a strong voice in Europe.
Implication(s):The European economy is recovering. To ensure continued growth and job creation, it is vital that the needs of business are reflected in the work and priorities of the EU. Important issues that face this Parliament include the need to improve the quality of European laws and regulation, complete the single market in services and make Europe more attractive to global innovation-based investment. With so many laws now being agreed at EU level, and with the Parliament playing a increasing role in the process, it is vital that MEPs fully understand and support the needs of business. We need an EU that encourages investment and talent, and promotes trade both within the EU and with our global trading partners, such as the US and Asia. The Parliament should also encourage new business by: attracting mobile research investment and talent; helping to develop a skilled and flexible work force; reducing administration burdens and making it easier to access finance, especially for smaller firms.
With 11 out of 751 MEPs, Ireland must build alliances with like-minded partners to promote a resurgent, globally competitive EU. MEPs must understand the needs of business and secure support from their EU partners.
Current Position:‘A European Union that works' is part of the wider Ibec campaign, An Ireland that works, which sets out the business priorities for the next phase of Ireland’s economic recovery. Ibec will continue to monitor the work of the new institutions and to work with them and other colleagues throughout 2015.
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Last Updated: 06/01/2015