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Public Consultation on Statement of Strategy 2020-2023

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment invites submissions to a public consultation on its new Statement of Strategy 2020-2023.

In accordance with the provisions of the Public Service Management Act, 1997, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has commenced the preparation of its Statement of Strategy for the three year period from 2021-2023. The Statement will comprise the key objectives, outputs and related strategies of the Department during the period.

The process will involve reviewing our mission and objectives in the context of the new Programme for Government. Many of our key objectives remain Government priorities, setting out, as they do, the ways in which we aim to deliver positive outcomes for enterprise, trade and employment.

Under the new Government structures, our Department has been assigned responsibility for trade promotion from the Department of Foreign Affairs and for employment rights from the Department of Social Protection. Responsibility for the research agenda and Science Foundation Ireland is transferring to the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. These changes will be reflected in our new Statement of Strategy.

The Department also has oversight of a number of Offices and Agencies including Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, National Standards Authority of Ireland, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Health and Safety Authority, Irish Auditing and Accounting Standards Authority, Personal Injuries Assessment Board, Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement, Companies Registration Office, Workplace Relations Commission, Labour Court and Intellectual Property Office of Ireland.

As part of the process of developing our new Statement of Strategy, we are now seeking input from the public and, accordingly, we would be grateful to receive your input, suggestions and views regarding any strategic issues that you consider should be incorporated in our Statement of Strategy.

The Department’s areas of responsibility include:

  • Creating and sustaining high quality enterprise and employment across all regions of the country and internationally by supporting a strong indigenous enterprise base, the continued attraction of foreign direct investment, a strong entrepreneurial culture and an open global trading economy.
  • Leading a whole-of-Government approach to developing the most competitive environment for investment, productivity and sustainable jobs.
  • Establishing and protecting employment rights and providing the policy, legislative and institutional framework within which quality employment,  good industrial relations and safe working environments prosper;
  • Ensuring that our business regulation facilitates business investment and development, competition in the market place, high standards of consumer protection and corporate governance and provides Ireland with a competitive advantage in the global market.
  • Working across Government with our EU and international partners to achieve progress in EU and international fora, across a wide range of interests, including Brexit.

More detailed information on the Department’s business activities, along with our mandate, can be found on the Department’s website dbei.gov.ie. Our existing Statement of Strategy 2018-2021 is available at Statement of Strategy.


In order to enable full consideration of any inputs received, we would appreciate if replies could be forwarded by 20 November 2020 to the following email address:


Please note that any submission you make may be the subject of a request under the Freedom of Information Acts.


Published by Corporate Services