Ibec Europe & Global Focus
Welcome to the spring edition of Ibec Europe & Global Focus our regular report of the major issues impacting Irish business at an EU and global level. We publish this edition at an unprecedented time as the EU and countries across the world deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
We take an in depth look at the response of the EU institutions to COVID-19, the outcome of the February Irish general election and what the departure of the UK means for the European Parliament.
We profile Barry Andrews MEP, who recently took his seat in the European Parliament following the departure of the UK and is a full member of the Committee on Trade (INTA). He shares his thoughts on the future of the EU and his priorities for the next five years.
Negotiations on the Future EU-UK relationship continue with the second round commencing remotely in late April. Ibec priorities remain to ensure Irish business challenges are addressed and the closest possible future relationship between the EU and UK.
Our Ibec member in focus, Cook Medical, is a leading producer of minimally invasive medical devices. Emmett Devereux outlines the company’s positions on major regulatory issues as well as its solutions for patients and customers.
Finally, we profile the December 2019 launch of Ibec’s 2019-2024 EU institutional priorities and Ibec’s March 2020 engagement with US business leaders and stakeholders in Washington DC. We also profile our activities at the Business at OECD consultation with OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria and at BusinessEurope Day in Brussels. Please contact our EU & International Affairs team in Brussels or Dublin if you wish to further discuss any of the items covered.