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Representation in Ireland

Key EU policies for Ireland

The EU is active in a wide range of policy areas, from human rights to transport and trade. See below for information on some of the key EU policy areas and how they apply to Ireland.

Offshore windfarm

The European Commission is taking action to mitigate Europe’s energy vulnerabilities for the coming winters and proposing measures to ensure reliable energy supplies for future generations.

Close up image of cow

The EU supports Irish farmers and rural greening and sustainable development through financial support, funding for research and innovation.

Killybegs Fishing Harbour, Co Donegal

The interests of Irish fishermen, fishing communities, the marine environment and consumers of fish products are supported by being part of the EU.

View of countryside with windmill

Tackling climate change is one of the European Commission’s top priorities and the European Green Deal is its ambitious plan to transform Europe into the first climate-neutral continent.

Image of euro coins

EU membership has helped Ireland transition from economic stagnation in the middle of the last century into a nation with a modern economy based on free trade, foreign investment and growth.

Researcher at work

Research and innovation (R&I) are key components in securing Ireland’s economic future and are at the heart of the European Commission’s policies.

EU and UK flags

The UK decision to leave the EU has far-reaching consequences for citizens, businesses, public administrations & stakeholders especially in Ireland.

Woman standing at whiteboard with two men seated

EU Membership has led to several pieces of important Irish legislation that have improved the lives of Irish women.

Hand putting coin in piggy bank

EU Tax Policy focuses on removing tax obstacles to all cross-border economic activity, eliminating harmful tax competition & combatting tax evasion.

Unaccompanied young asylum seekers en route to Sweden

A humane, comprehensive European approach to migration is a priority for the European Commission and for Ireland.

EU flags in front of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
The EU is active in a wide range of areas, from human rights to transport and trade. Click on the links below for a summary of what the EU does in that area, and for useful links to relevant bodies, laws and documents.