Fiona Connolly Urges More Urgent Action from EU Institutions to Support Growth

Pictured at the European Parliament of Enterprises Ian Talbot CEO Chambers Ireland, Fiona Connolly Lyons of Limerick, Richard Weber President EuroChambres

Pictured at the European Parliament of Enterprises
Ian Talbot CEO Chambers Ireland, Fiona Connolly Lyons of Limerick, Richard Weber President EuroChambres

A delegation of Irish SMEs led by Chambers Ireland, attended the European Parliament of Enterprises in Brussels last week, and called for more urgent action from EU institutions to support growth.

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.

Fiona Connolly of Lyons of Nenagh and Network Ireland Business Woman of the Year 2013, was invited to join the Chambers Ireland delegation at this year’s event, representing Limerick Chamber and businesses in the mid west region.

Debates and voting sessions took places throughout the day centring on the issues of internationalisation, skills, finance and energy.

 

Fiona Connolly, of Lyons of Limerick & Nenagh & Network Ireland Business Woman of the Year 2013 said, “It was a privilege to be part of the Irish delegation and I was delighted to represent SMEs in the mid-west. Being a ‘member’ of the European Parliament was hugely insightful. Not only did I get to participate in the debating and voting of some crucial topics, I also had the opportunity to engage with international media, policy makers and numerous companies across Europe, to have a voice for small business represented”

 

Businesses in Ireland have absorbed massive economic shocks over the last few years and don’t need more crippling European legislation; there was a massive call from all the businesses in the Hemicylce for stream lining of any future legislation to ensure no additional burdens on SMEs, and a call from Fiona for European Investment in Research and Development in the Energy sector to Stimulate Innovation to ensure security of supply for businesses through Delivery of safe, Sustainable Energy which can be delivered Locally.

 

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