What we do

Considering the extent to which EU policy and regulation impacts Irish business, Ibec maintains a permanent office and delegation in Brussels.

As a major stakeholder within the EU political system, Ibec engages with the EU Institutions, the Irish Government, other Member States and the wider European policy community to protect and promote the interests of Irish business and to champion Ireland's business model and economic priorities at EU level. Ibec is also the only Irish member of BusinessEurope, the leading business, industry and employers' representation at EU level.

We offer strategic advice, publish briefings and newsletters, host regular events and organise tailored delegation visits, helping our members to navigate the complexity of EU decision-making and build relationships. This activity is managed by a permanent Brussels-based team.

Ireland is a small open trading economy and easy access to global markets is vital to its future prosperity. Ibec’s international policy staff influence the trade agenda at a national, EU and global level. They have an extensive international network across the globe. This has helped to develop unrivalled expertise in trade development, based on solid evidence and well-considered analysis.

The EU Affairs & Trade Policy Committee helps inform Ibec’s policy positions and strategies across general EU affairs, global trade and wider international economic and political issues. We actively encourage all Ibec member companies with a particular interest or stake in EU and international affairs to participate in our network.