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Welcome to this week's issue of Dublin Chamber Weekly. This week's issue has a special focus on the work of the Chamber's Enterprise Europe Network.


You'll also find our analysis of Budget 2021 and what the measures announced really mean for your business. Plus, there's details of all our upcoming virtual events and lots of member company news.


We hope you enjoy the issue.

Access2Markets Portal Launched for Firms Trading Overseas

DG Trade, the European Commission office with responsibility for trade, has launched the new Access2Markets portal. The portal is an invaluable resources for any business exporting from or importing into the EU. The portal includes product-by-product information for all EU countries and for more than 120 export markets around the world on:

  • Tariffs & taxes
  • Customs procedures
  • Rules of origin
  • Trade barriers
  • Product requirements
  • Statistics

The portal also includes information on Brexit, beginning trade, investment, company success stories and many more topics. Access the portal here.


Earlier this week, the Government unveiled Budget 2021. The Chamber team has spent the past 48 hours analysing the key measures announced - and how they compare to what the Chamber had asked for (on your behalf) in our pre-Budget submission and comprehensive lobbying activities. We've pulled all of analysis together into this handy overview. Take a look here. And please feel free to send any feedback you have on Budget 2021 to us via policy@dublinchamber.ie

Get Your CE Markings Questions Answered

Do you have questions in relation to CE markings and Brexit? Do you use a UK-based notified body for declarations of conformity? In the case of a no-deal Brexit you will have to find an EU-based notified body. Dublin Chamber's international department will help answer any queries you may have in relation to CE marking going forward. Dublin Chamber's international team is also able to assist companies with finding new notified bodies within the EU.  If you have any question in relation to CE markings please email: maria@dublinchamber.ie.

100 Days Until Brexit - Are You Prepared For It?

With less than 100 days until Brexit, companies should now be taking the necessary preparations and actions. Join the Enterprise Europe Network and Donegal Local Enterprise Office's webinar and discussion to help businesses take the right steps on the 21st October at 11am.  


The purpose of the “Are You Brexit Ready?” event is to reinforce the need for your business to take action now to prepare for Brexit. Register here! 



MobiliseSME Programme Launched to Help SMEs to Upskill

Dublin Chamber is delighted to announce the launch of MobiliseSME, a new EU pilot programme that seeks to strengthen skills within SMEs by supporting short-term cross-border secondments for managers, owners, and staff of SMEs. The secondment is partially subsidised by the European Union. Whether you are a company interested in improving your staff skills or a company interested in hosting a potential partner from another EU country, the program can offer a great added value to your business, among other things, to enhance your competitiveness and to boost your internationalisation. Find out more here. 


· Sending companies Employers with more than three years of professional work experience and staff working at least for one year for the registered SMEs who wish to internationalise their operations, improve their knowledge in a particular market or get access to it by having short-term cross-border secondments in another EU country.


· Hosting companies Owners or co/owners with more than three years of professional activity, who are active and present in the company’s daily business activities, either in an executive or non-executive position, and who are seeking for the chance for an expansion/consolidation in another European market.




The main task of the Partner Organisations of the consortium is to facilitate successful secondments between Host and Sending Companies and to offer matchmaking services.

Partner Organisations have been officially appointed by the EASI Programme to help to establish contacts among EU SMEs in the framework of the MobiliseSME program. Partner Organisations are:

· Dublin Chamber of Commerce – Ireland

· Fundacion Equipo Humano – Spain

· Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium & Luxembourg – Belgium & Luxembourg

· Business Incubator Novi Sad -Serbia

· TERA Tehnopolis Ltd – Croatia

· Taliansko – Slovenská obchodná komora – Slovenia

· BSC, poslovno podporni center, d.o.o., Kranj – Slovenia

· Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce – Belgium

· Wirtschaftskammer Österreich – Austria

· Association of Thessalian Enterprises and Industries – Greece

· Chambre De Commerce Et D’industrie Nouvelle-Aquitaine – France

· Chamber of Economy of Montenegro – Montenegro



For more information contact:

Maria Deady, International Project Manager

Miriam Tuomey, Project Executive


8 Great Chamber Webinars Coming Up Soon


We have a number of great webinars coming up over the next few weeks. Don't miss out! 

  • 16th October:  Dublin Transport Briefing with Jim Meade, CEO, Irish Rail. Book here. 
  • 20th October:  Momentum - Build, Scale & Grow with Aoife D’Arcy – CEO and Co-Founder, Vanessa Tierney, CEO, Abodoo and Ciara Donlon, CEO, Theya Healthcare. Book here.
  • 21st October:  Sustainability Academy: Green Public Procurement. Book here.
  • 21st October:  An Audience with Paul Johnston, British Ambassador to Ireland. Book here.
  • 22nd October: Tech Talks with Jason Ward, Vice President and Managing Director, Dell. Book here.
  • 23rd October:  Sustainability Academy: Green Finance. Book here.
  • 28th October: ,Sustainable Dublin 2050 - Green Finance with Jim Arigho, Director, Energy, Climate Action & Infrastructure, AlB. Book here. 
  • 29th October:  Boost with Facebook. Book here.

Catch Up on This Week's Virtual Chamber Events

Earlier today we were joined by Dominic Freudensprung, Account Manager, Google Shopping (CSS) for our Google Digital Garage Series to discuss How to start an online shop. Watch it here.

Success Story: Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

This month we bring you an Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs success story: Zoltán Bóna, a Slovakian wine producer who participated in a six month exchange with Hungarian producer Krisztina Machán-Csetvei. Through the exchange they worked together and Zoltán was able to learn the skills necessary to boost his own business while Krisztina shared her knowledge and gained a new business partner and was able to gain insights into new markets.


EYE Programme | Practyce V | Slovak NE OI CCIS



To learn more about about the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme and how it can boost your business though cross-border exchanges email: maria@dublinchamber.ie

Commission Launches Global Platform to Fight Deforestation

The European Commission has launched a new multi-stakeholder platform to help protect and restore the world's forests. The platform brings together an unprecedented range of stakeholders and expertise - EU Member States, top NGOs in the field of forest protection, industry organisations, international organisations, and non-European countries. It aims to provide a forum to foster exchanges among stakeholders in order to build alliances, drive and share commitments to significantly reduce deforestation.

In addition to being a forum for exchanges, the platform is to serve as a policy-making tool – informing the Commission’s ongoing work on a legislative proposal to minimise the risk that products linked to deforestation be sold in the European market, planned for the second quarter of 2021.


This commitment has been enshrined in the European Green Deal, the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030Farm to Fork Strategy, and the Communication on stepping up EU action against deforestation and forest degradation.


Deforestation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions causing global warming. It is pushing animals and plants to extinction. And it is also a complex problem that demands coordinated action among countries, companies and civil organizations.


The platform provides a forum to foster exchanges among stakeholders in order to build alliances, push for and share commitments to significantly reduce deforestation. Participants include representatives of EU Member States, top NGOs in the field of forest protection, industry organizations, international organizations, and non-European countries, including the largest consumer markets outside the EU and some of the countries experiencing significant destruction of their forests.

The platform is meant to inform the Commission’s ongoing impact assessment aimed at delivering a legislative proposal to minimise the risk of products linked to deforestation and forest degradation being placed on the EU market. The impact assessment will assess a wide range of measures, such as approaches similar to the EU system against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, different verification systems and due diligence, among others. A public consultation was launched in September and will run until 10 December 2020.



Forests cover 30% of the Earth's land area, host 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity, provide essential goods and services, including climate and water regulation and give subsistence and income to almost 2 billion people worldwide. Protecting and restoring world's forests is crucial for maintaining and increasing human well-being and putting our societies on to a sustainable path.


Between 1990 and 2020, about 10% of the world’s forest cover, an area bigger than India, was destroyed. If deforestation was a nation, it would be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, after China and the U.S.


Ongoing destruction of the world’s forests is linked, to a large extent, to the expansion of agricultural production — in particular by converting forests to agricultural land dedicated to producing a number of high-demand products and commodities, such as palm oil, soy and beef. The EU is a major consumer of those products.

The Commission has committed to delivering, in 2021, a legislative proposal to minimise and/or avoid the placing of products associated with deforestation or forest degradation on the EU market. It is an integral part of the path set by the EU to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.


Article first published by DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR ENVIRONMENT | 2 OCTOBER 2020  


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Our Export and Consular Services department remains open for business and is accepting documents for certification and/or legalisation. Our EssCert platform for electronically stamping certificates of origin and other export or commercial documents can help minimise contact and encourage social distancing while still having your documents processed in a time effective and efficient manner. For further information please contact richard@dublinchamber.ie

CAPPA Receives Covid-19 Funding

The Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis (CAPPA) has announced that they are now part of the Cork Institute of Technology Team to receive funding from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) for research into barrier masks to tackle the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. CAPPA staff have already conducted initial research on the effectiveness of barrier masks in conjunction with the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). The aim of the project is to quantitatively determine how well commonly available face mask materials suppress the transmission of exhaled droplets. Read more here. 

Top Tips to Stay Safe Online

Hackers have become increasingly sophisticated in recent years and even more so during the Covid-19 pandemic. SupportIT are seeing an increase in the number of attempted attacks designed to target people who are isolated at home. Breaches, regardless of the severity, can be disruptive, costly and damaging to a business’ reputation. To mark cyber-security awareness month in October, Tara Doyle, Marketing Director with SupportIT, highlights some key areas to help protect your business. Read it here. 




INNOVATE Launches Skillsource

INNOVATE has launched a new talent acquisition offering for companies who are struggling with the mounting IT challenges presented by digitalisation and the impact of Covid-19. INNOVATE Skillsource will provide a range of IT talent recruitment and contracting services for short and long-term projects. INNOVATE IT professionals are involved at all points of the talent search, interview and hiring process, saving time for clients and offering support levels beyond standard recruitment and resourcing offerings. More information here.


Fitzers Launches Luxury Hampers

Fitzers Catering are launching a new initiative for luxury unique artisan hampers. These luxurious unique hampers are ideal way to say thank you to those employees and clients who have “kept the show on the road” during these challenging times and a great way to spoil your team and their families this Christmas. They also offer wonderful Corporate Hamper Gifts for those special customers who deserve something a little bit special and magical this year. More information here.