European Chamber Delegate Trip to Brussels

On Wednesday, the 8th March 2017 a delegation from the European Chamber of Ireland visited Brussels as part of an important Brexit engagement mission. The specific purpose of this two-day trip was to ensure that key EU decision-makers understood the challenges Brexit will present for businesses operating in Ireland.

The Chamber delegation comprised of sixteen members from a variety of leading companies in Ireland including Noel Cunningham, Tax Partner, Mazars, and a Patron of the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce. The mission was led by Dr. Jack Golden, the President of the European Chamber and formerly a director at CRH, and Mr. Ralf Lissek, the CEO of the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber delegation met with among others, the German EU Commissioner Guenter Oettinger and the Irish EU Commissioner Phil Hogan, Irish and German MEPs, Irish and German Permanent Representatives. Over the course of a number of informative meetings, the Chamber has now built good links for further dialogue on Brexit issues, which will continue to evolve in the period ahead.  The Chamber received good feedback and encouragement in Brussels from interested parties to make a return visit in six-eight months time.  The next mission will include meetings with French MEPs and French Permanent Representatives.
You can find a full report of the meetings during the trip here: EU Chamber Brussels Report.pdf.