This meeting has been convened for the purpose of consideration by the committee of the European Investment Fund Agreement Bill 2018, which was referred to the select committee by an order of the Dáil on 6 December 2018. Apologies have been received from the Chairman, Deputy Mary Butler, and from Deputy Lisa Chambers. I welcome the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Heather Humphreys, and her officials to the meeting.
Before we begin I ask members to switch their phones to aeroplane, safe or flight mode depending on the device. It is not enough just to put them on silent mode as this will maintain the level of interference from the committee rooms and impact negatively on the broadcasting. No amendments to the Bill have been proposed. It is intended that we will consider the Bill until we conclude Committee Stage today. Is that agreed? Agreed. We will now proceed to consideration of the Bill.