The Trade Policy Unit of the Department is responsible for the identification, formulation and development of Ireland’s international trade policies. It also promotes Ireland’s trade interest at European Union (EU) trade policy negotiations, and actively participates at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The Trade Policy Unit represents Ireland at the OECD on the implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
The Section undertakes a number of key tasks:
- Ensuring Ireland’s interests are reflected to the maximum extent possible in the European Union’s Common Commercial Policy (CCP)
- Representing Ireland’s trade interests at EU, WTO and other international fora.
The EU fora include the Trade Policy Committees (TPCs) appointed by the EU Council which assists the Commission in trade negotiations. Other EU trade committees, including those dealing with Anti-Dumping measures, are the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) for developing countries and Market Access barriers.
The work of the Section is assisted by officials based at Ireland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union, in Brussels, who maintain on-going contacts with EU Commission and Council officials on trade issues of particular interest to Ireland.
Ireland’s trade policy interests are represented in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the principal international body for regulating trade, with the assistance of departmental officials based at Ireland’s Permanent Representation to the WTO based in Geneva.