Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (170)

Robert Troy


170. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of meetings she and her two immediate predecessors had with the national SME envoy of Ireland in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019 by date in tabular form. [40715/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The SME Envoy Network was established in 2011, as part of the review at that time of the EU’s Small Business Act. The role of the Network includes promoting SME-friendly regulation and policy making in EU countries, cooperation between Member States in the context of SME policy, and acting as the main interface between the Commission and national policy-makers in Member States.

The national SME Envoys are appointed by the respective Member State governments.

A senior official from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation represents Ireland on the SME Envoy Network, which is also the position for other Member States. Most of the national Envoys are currently public officials, predominantly from the national Ministries, with a very small number from national business development agencies. Separately, representatives of European-level business organisations also attend the meetings as observers.

The SME Envoy Network normally meets on four occasions each year, usually with one meeting in Brussels, and the other three in Member States.

SME Envoy Meetings were held on the following dates, and in the following locations, from 2016-2019:




1st Apr

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

16th/17th June

Ljubljana, Slovenia

6th/7th Oct

Brussels, Belgium

23rd Nov

Bratislava, Slovakia


29th/30th Mar

Zagreb, Croatia

5th/6th July

Lisbon, Portugal

4th/5th Oct

Brussels, Belgium

23rd Nov

Tallinn, Estonia


22nd/23rd Mar

Copenhagen, Denmark

5th/6th July

Nicosia, Cyprus

25th Sept

Brussels, Belgium

19th Nov

Graz, Austria


18th/19th Mar

Bucharest, Romania

27th/28th June

Sigtuna, Sweden

12th/13th Sept

Brussels, Belgium

25th Nov

Helsinki, Finland

Ireland will be represented by Minister Pat Breen TD at the upcoming SME Assembly in Helsinki, which forms part of the schedule of meetings of the SME Envoy Network.