International

European Movement International

EM Ireland is a member of European Movement International, which is a pan-European network which was founded in 1948.  We are one of 39 National Councils who are members. You can read more about the wider membership here.

The Chairman of the EM Ireland Brussels Branch, Noel Clehane, was elected to the Board of the EM International at the Federal Assembly in Rome in November 2014.

Our Brussels Branch

In light of the growth of EM Ireland’s Brussels-based membership and the ever increasing popularity of our Brussels Connection events, the EM Ireland Brussels Branch was established in March 2013.  Officially launched in Brussels at a reception hosted by the then Ambassador Rory Montgomery in the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU, the Brussels Branch forms the latest addition to our growing family of regional branches.

The Branch aims to better facilitate networking and enhance collaboration opportunities between our Brussels and Irish-based members.  The Branch reflects the organisation’s aims and priorities and it has become a successful and vibrant extension of European Movement Ireland based overseas.

The current committee of the EM Ireland Brussels Branch consists of:

Chair
Noel Clehane

PRO
Patrick Fox

Treasurer
Alice O’Donovan

Vice-Chair
Marykate Collins

Social Secretary
David Garrahy

The committee works closely with the EM Ireland Dublin office in delivering a series of programmes and events for the new Branch, and continues to welcome the thoughts and input of the Irish community in Brussels as to how to best to serve your needs.  For more information on how to get involved with the Branch, contact the committee at brusselsbranch@europeanmovement.ie.

All are very welcome to get involved and we look forward to meeting you at one of our forthcoming Branch events!

In the meantime, listen back to Chairman of the EM Ireland Brussels Branch and Global Head of Regulatory & Public Policy Affairs at BDO, Noel Clehane‘s podcast with former Secretary General of the European Commission and Honorary President of EM Ireland, Catherine Day, about the state of the European Union and the future of the European project.

Recent Events

25 June 2015: Breakfast briefing with Commissioner Phil Hogan

 

Our Brussels Branch held a briefing with Commissioner Phil Hogan in association with global accountancy network BDO.  Commissioner Phil Hogan underlined the role of civil society organisations such as the European Movement in building trust and confidence in the EU, especially in the context of the big challenges facing an EU recovering from the economic crisis.

Commissioner Hogan delivered a wide-ranging speech and also responded to questions from the large audience in attendance. The Commissioner opened his remarks by paying a warm tribute to the Secretary General of the European Commission, Catherine Day, who had announced her retirement.

Chairman of the EM Ireland Brussels Branch and Global Head of Regulatory & Public Policy Affairs at BDO, Noel Clehane, commented “It is most welcome that Commissioner Hogan mentioned the commitment to cutting red tape and lightening the regulatory burden, to enhance competitiveness.  This would make a huge difference to the SMEs and other firms we work with on a daily basis which are carrying out business across the European Union.”

Concluding the event, Noelle O Connell, European Movement Ireland Executive Director, thanked Commissioner Hogan for his contributions. “We in European Movement Ireland welcome the acknowledgement of our work and the role of civic society more generally.  As the Commissioner pointed out, our recent Red C poll, showed huge on-going support for Ireland’s membership of the EU.  EM Ireland believes that this highlights the importance of our organisation’s role to promote accountability, transparency & democratic dialogue between the EU and its citizens.  For more than sixty years, EM Ireland has continued to play this constructive role and we thank Commissioner Hogan for his appreciation of the importance of this work.”

 18 May 2015: Breakfast briefing by Fiscal Attaché Declan Kelly and Financial Services Attaché Michael Taggart

EM Ireland Brussels Branch held a very successful breakfast briefing with members and guests on Monday 18 May with the Fiscal attaché and Financial Services attaché from the Irish Permanent Representation to the EU. Declan Kelly (Fiscal attaché) and Michael Taggart (Financial services attaché) gave an informal and very interesting update on developments in their respective areas at EU level with illuminating observations on the possible implications for Ireland.

Recent developments around Commission investigations into alleged state aid as a result of tax rulings, the forthcoming visit of the Parliament TAXE committee to Ireland and the ambitions of Commissioner Hill’s Capital Markets Union, were some of the issues explored and a lively Q&A followed with members. Branch chairman, Noel Clehane, thanked Declan and Michael for their insights afterwards and commended the ‘Perm Rep’ for its excellent work, particularly given its scant resources in comparison with other Member States.

12 June 2014: Breakfast Briefing with European Commission Vice President Olli Rehn

Speaking at a breakfast briefing organised this morning by the Brussels Branch of independent, not-for-profit organisation, European Movement Ireland, and in association with global accountancy network BDO, European Commission Vice President Olli Rehn has urged the EU to ‘continue with the wave of reforms underway to remove long-standing obstacles to growth and employment.’

At the second in a series of major EU policy breakfast briefings organised by European Movement Ireland’s Brussels Branch to mark the 60th anniversary of the organisation’s founding in 1954, Commissioner Rehn delivered a wide-ranging speech and also responded to questions from the large audience in attendance.

Chairman of EM Ireland Brussels Branch, Noel Clehane from sponsors, BDO, commented, ‘There is a continuing need to restore confidence in the European banking system and to deal with the very real access to finance problems faced by SMEs all over Europe, something that our firms see daily across the union.’

Concluding the event, Noelle O Connell, European Movement Ireland Executive Director, thanked Commissioner Rehn for his contributions.  ‘We in European Movement Ireland particularly welcome the recognition of the importance of civic engagement in promoting accountability, transparency and democratic dialogue between the EU and its citizens.  For sixty years and counting, EM Ireland has continued to play this constructive role in trying to enhance democratic legitimacy for Europe’s citizens and we thank Commissioner Rehn for his recognition of the importance of this work.’

18 February 2014: Briefing by Secretary General of the European Commission, Catherine Day

Press Release: Commission Secretary General Catherine Day: ‘European elections are an opportunity for pro-European parties to work together’

16 July 2013: The EU Presidency: A Blessing or a Burden for Small Nations?

Briefing by the Irish Permanent Representation to the EU’s Counsellor for Institutions, General Affairs and the European Parliament, Aingeal O’Donoghue; the Deputy Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the EU, Ambassador Arūnas Vinčiūnas; European Movement Ireland’s Executive Director, Noelle O Connell; and the Chair of the EM Ireland Brussels Branch, Noel Clehane.