Chambers Ireland Weekly Digest: 13th March 2017


  1. We Need Your Input: Burden Tracker Project (Provision of Food Information to Consumers)

The aim of this initiative is to   identify specific pieces of EU legislation that create significant burdens for businesses, with a particular focus on SMEs. The legislation that has been identified this year is Regulation No. 1169-2011 on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers. Some aspects of the legislation that have been identified as burdensome are as follows:

  • Obligation for food business operators in the catering and restaurant sector to provide allergen information
  • mandatory food information (art. 9)
  • storage conditions or conditions of use (art. 25)
  • mandatory nutrition declaration
  • restrictions to the presentation of the products (art. 34)
  • fair information practices (article 7)

Please circulate this note to your SME members who are working in the food industry, who may have encountered difficulties in implementing this legislation. We’re looking to collect data including; anecdotal evidence, estimates of additional costs incurred; inconsistencies in enforcement etc; and written testimonials from business. Please send your input or ask your members to contact directly before the 31st March 2017.

  1. Trading Online Voucher Scheme information events

The Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment has upcoming events scheduled (details below) and they are free to all businesses in the region to attend.  The objective is to encourage more businesses to consider trading online.

Galway Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe 15th March
Dublin Red Cow Moran Hotel 3rd April

These events which are being organised by the Department, in conjunction with Local Enterprise Offices (LEO), are open to all businesses interested in digital trade.  They will be of particular interest to those who are not yet trading online and to those who would like to improve their trading online capability. Business owners will get the opportunity to learn directly from experts in the digital field, connect with their peers and receive advice and support from LEO staff.

Booking is available online now through the Local Enterprise Office (booking link above) or through the Department’s website.

  1. CSR Awards 2017 – Now Open for Applications

Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2017 were officially launched on Thursday March 10th and applications are now open. There are fourteen awards categories and businesses of all sizes that engage in CSR activities are encouraged to apply.

The online application system and more information about the CSR Awards can be found at

Deadline for applications is Thursday 20th April 2017

If you have any queries about the CSR Awards 2017 please contact


4. ICC General Secretary February Briefing

The most recent briefing from ICC General Secretary, John Danilovich is available now at the following link:


  1. Commercial Mediation in Ireland today – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Irish Commercial Mediation Association (ICMA), in conjunction with Eversheds Sutherland, Deloitte, Arthur Cox, Ulster Bank, Bord Gáis Energy and RIAI, is delighted to invite you to a conference entitled “Commercial Mediation in Ireland today – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” which will take place on Friday 31 March 2017 in St Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club.

Former President of the High Court, Nicholas Kearns will provide the opening address for the conference. Following this, there will be contributions from both national and international mediators, solicitors and in house lawyers to share their insight. The discussion will be chaired by Dermot McEvoy, Chairman of ICMA and Partner at Eversheds Sutherland.

The event will take place on Friday 31 March 2017 from 9am – 12pm, in St. Stephens Green Hibernian Club, 9 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. More information

Attendees will also receive a “mediation tool kit” offering practical tips for mediators and parties involved in mediation.

Please RSVP to by Friday 17 March 2017.