Ibec is proudly committed to an EU of strong values which supports investment and trade. Our vision for Europe's future involves the following:
An EU that adds real value
The EU must prioritise deepening of the single market, including completing the digital single market, capital markets union and banking union.
An EU that is more efficient
To prosper, the EU must focus on efficiency and avoid interfering in areas best left to member states. It must respect the principles of proportionality and subsidiarity. Tax policy is, and must remain, fully within the competence of each member state, better serving local citizens' needs and business models. It is essential that member states maintain full sovereignty when it comes to decision making on all taxation matters.
An EU that is flexible and meets the needs of different member states
Member states' individual needs should also be considered at a European level. For example, affording flexibility under fiscal rules and the Stability and Growth Pact would allow Ireland an opportunity to invest in growth-enabling infrastructure developments.
An EU which promotes trade and investment
The EU should continue to advance ambitious trade deals with third countries, including with the UK post-Brexit. In addition, it is essential that the special partnership between Ireland and the UK is not jeopardised by the future EU-UK relationship.
Our discussions with the Committee mark the first step in our contribution to the important debate on the future of European integration post-Brexit. Please contact us for a further discussion of any aspect.
- Ibec address to JOC-EUA - 20 Sept 17.pdf - 285 Kbytes
Wednesday, 20 September 2017