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CETA update

 

CETA

 

In late 2016, the EU concluded and signed a new free trade deal with Canada - the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA for short. This agreement will remove over 99% of tariffs between the EU and Canada and will create sizeable new market access opportunities in services and investment and will help to generate growth and jobs by:

 

  • boosting exports
  • lowering the cost of the inputs businesses need to make their products
  • offering greater choice for consumers, and
  • upholding the EU's strict standards for products

 

The agreement was approved by the International Trade Committee of the Parliament (INTA) on 24th January 2017 and will now be voted on by the European Parliament in February before it can be provisionally applied. (Should this happen, provisional application is expected in April/May).

 

CETA will provide opportunities for Irish based firms to further diversify their export markets. The issue of growing market share in other markets is now made even more important by the result of the recent UK referendum on its membership of the EU. The CETA agreement was also discussed at the Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Committee on the 17th January.

 

Click here to download a factsheet showing the benefits of CETA for Business.

 
New European standards for building information

 

The NSAI would like to inform Chamber members that the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) have recently adopted three international standards for building information, as a listed below, with the aim to build a more competitive and sustainable construction industry in Europe.

 

These standards are now available to purchase online from the NSAI (www.standards.ie):

  • I.S. EN ISO 16739:2016 Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) for data sharing in the construction and facility management industries (ISO 16739:2013)
  • I.S. EN ISO 12006-3:2016 Building construction - Organization of information about construction works - Part 3: Framework for object-oriented information (ISO 12006-3:2007)
  • I.S. EN ISO 29481-2:2016 Building information models - Information delivery manual - Part 2: Interaction framework (ISO 29481-2:2012)

 

For more information about what these standards cover and how the standards affect construction professionals visit the NSAI website here.

 
IDA’s Regional Manager for the South East to take over role as Head of Regional Business Development for all of Ireland

 

12th January 2017 – IDA Ireland’s Regional Business Development Manager for the South East Region, Anne-Marie Tierney-Le Roux is to take up the role of Head of Regional Business & Relationship Development for the whole of Ireland.

 

The Kilkenny native took up the position of Regional Manager for the South East in January 2015 with responsibility for counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and South Tipperary.

 

Before that Anne-Marie was Director of Europe for IDA Ireland where she was responsible for leading European foreign direct investment to Ireland across the European network of offices in Paris, Frankfurt and London.

 

In July 2007 Anne-Marie opened the Paris offices of IDA Ireland as Director of France & Benelux (Paris) and in September 2009 moved to the role of Director of Europe.

 

Anne-Marie is a law graduate of University College Dublin, holds an MSc in International Marketing (Glamorgan) and is an Associate Practitioner of the European Chartered Institute of Marketing (London Guildhall). Prior to working with IDA Ireland, Anne-Marie worked for the global consulting practice PricewaterhouseCoopers in London. 

 

Anne-Marie brought strong management, operational and overseas experience to the role. As South East Regional Manager she was tasked with regional marketing to clients and working with global operations teams in winning investments for the South East.

 

Another key focus in her role was managing existing client relationships, stakeholder engagement in support of winning FDI for the Regions, the influencing agenda on the development of the skills, research and access and infrastructural development required for the Regions to complete for FDI investments and working to ensure that appropriate property solutions are available in the Region for FDI.

 

“It has been a busy, exciting, interesting and sometimes challenging role,” Anne-Marie says. “I have greatly enjoyed it and am particularly pleased and proud of the level of investment in the Region during my tenure. In my new role I will be working to continue to drive strong levels of investment into regional locations. 52% of jobs announced in IDA client companies in 2016 were outside of Dublin.

 

The new Head of Regional Development said the highlights for her during her time in the South East was the announcement by West Pharma that it was establishing a new manufacturing operation in Waterford, creating 150 jobs and OPKO/EirGen’s purchase of the first of IDA’s new Advance Technology Buildings in Waterford and extending its operations, creating 200 jobs and also the implementation of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation’s Action Plan for Jobs.

 

“There is a strong pipeline for the South East, which will see a wider spread of benefit to the Region,” Anne-Marie revealed, adding: “I will continue to work hard, with my successor, to drive investment to the South East. The experience I’ve gained in my role as Regional Manager and the valuable contacts and engagements I’ve made, gives me a good understanding of the Region’s value proposition and what sectors are best attracted here.”

 
New Round of Tariff Suspension/Quota Schemes

 

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation announces a new round of the tariff suspension/quota schemes and is calling for applications from manufacturers in the chemicals, microelectronic and related sectors.

 

The tariff suspension scheme offers the possibility for such companies to import raw materials, components or intermediate products from outside the European Union free from tariff duty, if the item cannot be sourced in the EU.

 

The tariff quota scheme is designed to address shortages in the availability of required materials within the EU and can be applied for in the same way as suspensions.

 

Closing date and time for the receipt of the next round of applications is 5.30pm on Friday, 27 January 2017. Applications should be sent by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and posted to the Department. Please note that late or incomplete applications will not be accepted by the Department.  

 

The suspension of duties on these applications, if they are successful, will come into effect 12 months after the application is made.

 

Further information on the Tariff Suspension or Quota Scheme may be found here: https://www.djei.ie/en/What-We-Do/Trade-Investment/EU-Tariff-Suspension-and-Quota-Scheme/

 
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