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Minister Breen attends Formal Competitiveness Council meeting in Brussels

Dublin, Ireland, 26 September 2019 Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD, is in Brussels today to deliver his priorities for enterprise as part of the Irish contribution to the work programme of the incoming European Commission. The new Commission takes office on 1 November next.

Ministers at the Competitiveness Council will have a policy debate on the theme of “Developing our economic base: Vision for a long-term strategy on sustainable growth” where the aim is to reach broad agreement on areas and actions to be addressed by the Commission over the next 5 years.

Minister Breen said: “This meeting is a welcome opportunity for my Ministerial colleagues and me to shape the direction of the EU’s competitiveness agenda for the short and medium term. Our ambition is to promote sustainable growth.

“I will be arguing that we need to further develop and strengthen the Single Market. Our ambition must be a well-functioning and competitive market that can grow small and medium sized enterprises into businesses that are fit and agile and able to compete on the global stage.”

The Council meeting is taking place under the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.



The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) plays a key role in implementing the Government’s policies of stimulating the productive capacity of the economy and creating an environment which supports job creation and maintenance. The Department has lead responsibility for Irish policy on global trade and inward investment and a remit to promote fair competition in the marketplace, protect consumers and safeguard workers.

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