Thursday, 24 January 2019

Ceisteanna (140)

Lisa Chambers

Ceist:

140. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of meetings she has attended since the beginning of September 2018 with her officials to discuss and prepare for Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3590/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

My Department and its offices and agencies continue to work intensively on a cross-government basis to help prepare businesses for all Brexit scenarios, including a No Deal Brexit.

Along with my Ministerial colleagues, Pat Breen and John Halligan, I am actively involved in the contingency work on Brexit preparedness that has been ongoing since the UK decision to leave the EU in 2016.

Work on Brexit involves working closely with the offices, enterprise and regulatory agencies of my Department that are centrally involved in supporting Irish businesses to prepare for all Brexit scenarios, including a No Deal Brexit.

On a regular basis, I chair meetings involving the offices and agencies of my Department to hear about their level of Brexit preparedness and issues arising. Separately, I chair an Enterprise Forum consisting of the main business representative bodies to hear directly from them the issues that their members are facing. The enterprise and regulatory supports that I have put in place are informed by what I hear at these meetings.

I have also, through the Retail consultation Forum which I chair, stepped up engagement with key players in the grocery retail and distribution sector to hear directly from them on their level of preparedness for Brexit and I intend to continue close engagement with this sector.

My agencies have been actively involved in the outreach workshops on Brexit in the context of the Government campaign "Getting Ireland Brexit Ready" and have separately organised events around the country to heighten awareness of the suite of supports that are available to companies to assist them in their Brexit preparations.

Since the UK’s decision to leave the EU in 2016, I have ensured that my Department’s response to the challenges presented by Brexit in the three budgets in 2017, 2018 and 2019 has been stepped up to ensure an adequate level of resourcing to assist the enterprise and regulatory agencies support firms in their preparations for Brexit.

The following table sets out Ministerial meetings with officials as well as external meetings and events attended by Ministers from September 2018 to date on Brexit-related matters.

In addition to this I would point out that Brexit is a standing agenda item on regular internal meetings including meetings of the Management Board and other meetings.

Minister

Date of Meeting

Area of Department

Context/Purpose of meeting

Minister Humphreys

13/09/18

Indigenous Enterprise Division

Briefing on Brexit research

Minister Humphreys

20/09/18

Indigenous Enterprise Division/ EU Affairs and Trade

‘Getting Ireland Brexit Ready’ Launch event

Minister Humphreys

20/09/18

Indigenous Enterprise Division

*Retail Consultation Forum

Minister Halligan

27/09/18

Innovation and Investment Division

*Pre-briefing in advance of Formal COMPET Research Council Meeting

Minister Humphreys

03/10/18

EU Affairs and Trade Division

Enterprise Forum on Brexit and Global Challenges, including pre-briefing

Minister Humphreys

03/10/18

EU Affairs and Trade Division

Co-ordination group on Brexit, including pre-briefing

Minister Humphreys

04/10/18 – 05/10/18

EU Affairs and Trade Division

*Informal Trade Council, including pre-briefing

Minister Humphreys

09/10/18

EU Affairs and Trade Division

Brexit Press Conference

Minister Humphreys

17/10/18

Indigenous Enterprise Division

*Enterprise Ireland International Markets Week

Minister Humphreys

19/10/18

EU Affairs and Trade Division

Intertrade Ireland Breakfast Event

Minister Humphreys

19/10/18

EU Affairs and Trade Division

Getting Ireland Brexit Ready Event

Minister Humphreys

24/10/18

Commerce, Consumer and Competition Division

IAASA Brexit event (Dublin)

Minister Humphreys

25/10/18

EU Affairs and Trade Division

Getting Ireland Brexit Ready Event (Dublin)

Minister Humphreys

12/11/18

Indigenous Enterprise Division

Minister’s engagement on an EI Brexit related Business Event in Cavan

Minister Humphreys

22/11/18

Indigenous Enterprise Division

*Retail Consultation Forum

Minister Humphreys

22/11/18

Strategic Policy Division

*Future Jobs 2019 Summit

Minister Breen

23/11/18

DBEI agencies/DFAT

Brexit preparedness event in Limerick (Tánaiste was present)

Minister Humphreys

29/11/18

Strategic Policy Division

*Competitiveness Council, including pre-briefing

Minister Halligan

29/11/18

Innovation and Investment Division

*Pre -briefing in advance of Formal COMPET Research Council Meeting

Minister Humphreys

03/12/18

Indigenous Enterprise Division

*Regional Enterprise Development Fund Announcement

Minister Humphreys

12/12/18

EU Affairs and Trade Division

Brexit Coordination Group including pre-briefing

Minister Halligan

12/12/18

Strategic Policy Division

Meeting with Freight Transport Association re: Brexit-related skills needs

Minister Humphreys

13/12/18

EU Affairs and Trade Division

Enterprise Forum Meeting including pre-briefing

Minister Humphreys

13/12/18

Indigenous Enterprise Division/ EU Affairs and Trade

Getting Brexit Ready meeting with Retailers/Distributors

Minister Humphreys

19/12/18

EU Affairs and Trade Division

Briefing for Ministers on contingency plan for a no-deal Brexit

Minister Humphreys

03/01/19

Innovation and Investment Division

*Minister briefed on IDA End of Year Results in advance of release; pre-briefing on IDA Annual Conference

Minister Humphreys

09/01/19

Indigenous Enterprise Division

*Minister briefed in advance of release of Enterprise Ireland End of Year Results

Minister Humphreys

17/01/19

EU Affairs and Trade Division

Statements re: Government’s Brexit Preparedness

Minister Humphreys

17/01/19

Indigenous Enterprise Division / EU Affairs and Trade Division

Minister briefed on developing Enterprise Supports

Minister Breen

17/01/19

[briefing from Department of the Taoiseach]

Inter-Departmental Committee on Digital Issues (Brexit - data flow issues for Public Services)

Minister Humphreys and Minister Breen

23/01/19

EU Affairs and Trade Division

Brexit Coordination Group including pre-briefing

Minister Humphreys

24/01/19

Indigenous Enterprise Division

Getting Brexit Ready meeting with Retailers/Distributors

Minister Humphreys

24/01/19

Indigenous Enterprise Division

Meeting with Commissioner Vestager (Brexit-related)

* While these meetings were primarily focused on other issues, Brexit was also covered as an agenda item.