On 27 September, the British Chamber had the pleasure of welcoming Michael Goodwin, Energy Attaché of the Irish Permanent Represention to the EU. Michael Goodwin first gave an introduction on the Irish Presidency that will take place in the first half of 2013. The Irish Presidency coincides with the 40th anniversary of Ireland’s accession to the EU. The main priorities of the Irish Presidency are restoring stability and promoting recovery, promoting sustainable jobs and growth, and building Europe’s competitive advantage.
Next Michael Goodwin presented Ireland’s energy priorities. The core objectives of the presidency are ensuring a secure energy supply, a sustainable use of energy and promoting competitiveness of energy supply. He also gave an overview of the legislative priorities and the non-legislative priorities.
Michael Goodwin finished his presentation by giving an overview of the main events organised during the Irish Presidency. After the presentation the members asked questions about the ETS and the impact on the Irish Presidency, shale gas and smart grids.