At the National Citizens’ Dialogue on the Future of Europe in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Ibec today said that the EU must focus its efforts on implementing ongoing positive reform, rather than embarking on a radical change of direction. The business group said the EU should focus on its core competencies and objectives, and avoid legislating in areas where member states are better placed to act, such as tax and labour market policy.
Speaking at the event, Ibec Director of EU and International Affairs Pat Ivory said: “Our experience shows us that Ireland’s future success rests at the heart of an innovative and prosperous EU. The Future of Europe debate is a fresh opportunity to shape that future and identify how, together, we can work towards shared objectives.
“Ireland and Irish citizens are big supporters of the European project, with the most recent Eurobarometer survey ranking us first among member states in our optimism for the EU. Irish business has been a steadfast supporter of the EU and the opportunities it has offered to Irish companies and our citizens. But there is much more to do. By completing the digital single market, the capital markets union and banking union, for example, the EU could open up massive new economic opportunities, drive growth and raise the living standards of citizens across Europe.
“The EU must support companies, economies and member states as they strive to compete effectively, grow and prosper. We need dynamic, competitive markets across Europe, and the EU needs to be able to compete and win internationally. For this to happen, member states must have the power to choose tax strategies that meet their economic needs.”