Ibec launches future of services report in Brussels


  • Event to promote the future of Irish trade in services
  • Further action needed to unlock EU market opportunities
  • Calls to refocus attention on the position of services in global trade


Ibec’s annual festive event for our Brussels-based stakeholders and friends of Irish business took place on Tuesday, 4 December. This year, over 100 guests joined our CEO, Danny McCoy, to celebrate the launch of the latest element of Ibec’s Brexit and future of Europe campaign. "Untapped potential: The future for Irish and EU services" explains the intrinsic nature and value of services to the Irish economy and calls for additional measures to advance the position of services in intra-EU, global and future EU-UK trade.


The debate on the future direction of the EU is a valuable platform to articulate the Irish business vision for the future of trade in services and Ibec’s campaign paper seeks to do just that with five key policy recommendations for the way forward.


With guests from the European Institutions, Irish and other Governments, business groups and several of our member companies, HE Ambassador Declan Kelleher, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU, gave an overview of Brexit developments before praising Ibec’s latest campaign as another important contribution to the EU policy process.


Ireland’s economic success depends on an outward-looking, dynamic and competitive EU – one that embraces change and is aligned with the needs of business and communities. We need an EU that champions innovation, supports entrepreneurial spirit and delivers growth. As the UK’s withdrawal nears, Ibec continues to work to make that future a reality.


Download the paper and learn more at www.ibec.ie/brexit


Want to join our EU mailing list in advance of future events and activities in Brussels? Get in touch: ibec.europe@ibec.ie


Pictured: Ibec’s Danny McCoy and Pat Ivory are joined by Ambassador Declan Kelleher, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU, at the launch of Untapped potential: The future for Irish and EU services in Brussels on 4 December.

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