Irish SMEs Urge More Urgent Action from EU Institutions to Support Growth

Chambers Ireland has said that more urgent action is required from EU institutions to support growth. The call came from a delegation of Irish SMEs led by Chambers Ireland at the European Parliament of Enterprises in Brussels.

The European Parliament of Enterprises allows business people from all over Europe to become Members of the European Parliament of Enterprises (MEPEs) for one day and gain unique insights into how one of the most powerful bodies in Europe goes about their decision making process. Chambers Ireland has brought a delegation of representatives of the Irish business community to participate in this year’s event.

Speaking this afternoon, Ian Talbot, Chief Executive, Chambers Ireland said “EU regulation and legislation has a significant impact on SMEs, however, the majority of small businesses know very little about how these regulations are developed. The European Parliament of Enterprises gives SMEs a unique opportunity to experience firsthand how important decisions are made at the highest level and raise any concerns they may have. The Irish delegation raised the importance of EU investment for energy and infrastructure programmes and highlighted the potential Ireland had to be at the forefront of the development of the energy sector.”

Debates and voting sessions took places throughout the day centring on the issues of internationalisation, skills, finance and energy. “The results of these votes highlight the urgent need for an effective single European energy market, more innovative financial supports for SMEs and a European apprenticeship programme,” he concluded.



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