Last week, Una McGoey, President, represented Dundalk Chamber as part of the Chambers Ireland Delegation at the European Parliament of Enterprises in Brussels. Chambers Ireland delegation was fortunate to connect with essential stakeholders, policymakers, and industry leaders to explore critical issues influencing the future of Ireland.. The European Capital, with its role as a hub of collaboration and policy shaping, made this trip a pivotal moment in our commitment to advancing the interests of our members. With over 700 entrepreneurs from 43 European countries, the event explored critical challenges and opportunities facing the business community. Discussions focused on labour shortages, sustainable energy, and the effectiveness of trade agreements for SMEs.
On Monday afternoon, Eurochambres of which the Chambers Ireland network is a member of, hosted the Women Entrepreneurs event, entitled ‘A path towards a more female-friendly business environment with opening remarks by Marina Rožić, Chair of the Eurochambres Women Network and Secretary General of the Croatian Chamber of Economy and Esin Güral Argat, Chair of the TOBB Women Network, with roundtable discussions on access to finance, skills and gender equality.
The European Parliament of Enterprises session served as a dynamic platform for debate and decision-making. Despite geopolitical challenges, the atmosphere was vibrant with positive energy and innovative solutions, showcasing the resilience of European entrepreneurs. I was honoured to engage in the democratic process within the iconic walls of the European Parliament Hemicycle, debating and voting on business issues across skills, energy, and trade under the overarching theme of strengthening the single market. It was incredible to witness the similarities in perspectives and challenges across the EU.
On Wednesday morning, alongside fellow chambers across the Island of Ireland, the delegation engaged in insightful discussions with Members of the European Parliament for Ireland, conveying the priorities and business opportunities for Dundalk and the North East which was hosted by Seán Kelly MEP including Ciarán Cuffe Green Party, Barry Andrews Fianna Fáil, Colm Markey MEP Fine Gael, Frances Fitzgerald Fine Gael, Maria Walsh Fine Gael, Billy Kelleher MEP Fianna Fáil and Clare Daly Independent.
Meeting with the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU in the afternoon, was invaluable, providing briefings on competitiveness, trade, energy, and climate, deepening our understanding of the EU landscape and aligning our goals for a sustainable and competitive future.
Thanks to Ian Talbot and the Chambers Ireland team and Eurochambres for organising such a pivotal event, and to all participants for sharing their expertise.