Welcome to the summer edition of Ibec Europe & Global Focus, our quarterly overview of major issues impacting Irish business at EU and global level.
In this eleventh issue, we profile European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen who will take office on 1 November. Having won the support of the European Council and European Parliament earlier in July, Von der Leyen will be the first female Commission President. Meanwhile, EU Member States have begun nominating the next College of Commissioners to serve alongside her. Ireland’s serving Commissioner Phil Hogan has been nominated for a second term.
This issue also reports on the Irish government’s updated Brexit contingency plans as the possibility increases of a ‘no deal’ exit by the UK. We include a comprehensive analysis of the results of this year’s European Elections and report on political developments in several member states. On trade and international affairs, we look at developments in EU-US relations as well as EU FTAs and the business position on trade policy for the new Commission.
We hear from several Ibec sectoral associations on their latest EU affairs activities: Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, Financial Services Ireland, Food Drink Ireland and Dairy Industry Ireland. We also have updates from Ibec policy experts on recent global tax proposals, how to build a low carbon economy and how artificial intelligence can contribute to policy making.
Finally, we review Ibec’s recent international activities, events and outreach with a report on our European Elections campaign and our participation at the BusinessEurope Council of Presidents in Helsinki.
As always, Ibec members are encouraged to engage with our EU & International Affairs team in Brussels and Dublin on any of the points discussed.