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


Plus, there are details of all our upcoming virtual events and lots of member company news.


We hope you enjoy it and please let us know if you would like some of your own company's news featured in Dublin Chamber Weekly.

EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate: How it Works

What is the EU digital COVID certificate?

All EU citizens who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, have tested negative (RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival) or have recovered from Covid-19 in the last 6 months can prove it with a digital certificate called the EU digital COVID certificate.


The certificate is issued for free by their national authorities and recognised by all EU 27 member states as well as Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.


The certificate consists of a QR code displayed on a device, printed, and with a digital signature, verified via EU Gateway.

How it will work?


The current travel advice in Ireland is to avoid non-essential travel, but from 19th July the following will apply:


Departures from Ireland

If you are travelling within the EU, check what restrictions are in place in the country you are travelling to on ReOpen EU.

If you have been vaccinated or had a Covid-19 test here, you will be issued a Digital Covid Certificate from Ireland.

If you are travelling outside of the EU, please check the travel restrictions in that country on the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Arriving into Ireland from another EU/EEA country

Before arriving into Ireland, you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form.

On the form, you will indicate which of the following you are travelling with:

  • Proof of vaccination
  • Proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the past 6 months
  • Proof of negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival

Your Digital Covid-19 certificate can be used as proof of whichever of the above applies for you. Your Passenger Locator Form will be checked prior to departure on your journey to Ireland by your carrier and you may be asked to provide the certificate indicated on your form.


At arrival in Ireland, spot checks will be carried out on Digital Covid-19Certificates, other proof of vaccinations and negative RT-PCR tests as appropriate.


The introduction of these additional checks will cause some disruption to journeys. If you are travelling, you are advised to expect delays and give yourself extra time either side of departure and arrival.



When you will get your Digital Covid-19 Certificate? 


There are 4 types of Certificate:

1. Certificate based on vaccination

You can get this certificate if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19. If the HSE has a valid email address for you from the vaccination process – you will get your Digital COVID Certificate by email. Otherwise, you will get your certificate via post. 


The Digital COVID Certificate will be in PDF format when emailed to you. You may download it to your phone, where the QR code on the PDF may be inspected or scanned. These Digital COVID Certificates will be emailed or posted in the coming days.


2. Certificate based on recovery

A certificate of recovery will be available from 11 days after a positive test, and will be valid for no more than 180 days. You will be able to request this DCC via a helpline. Helpline details will be published shortly.


3. Certificate based on negative RT-PCR test

You can obtain a RT-PCR test privately and a Digital COVID Certificate will be provided by the private RT-PCR testing service.


4. Certificate based on negative antigen test

You can obtain an antigen test privately in Ireland and a DCC will be provided by the private testing service.


NOTE: A DCC based on an antigen test will not be accepted for entry to Ireland, but is acceptable in a number of other countries – find out more on ReOpen EU.



What will be on your Digital COVID Certificate? Is it safe?

The certificate will contain a QR code with a digital signature for verification.

The certificate will only contain necessary information, including:

  • your name
  • your date of birth
  • the date of issue
  • relevant information about your vaccine or test or recovery
  • a unique identifier number

When your certificate is checked, the QR code is scanned, and the signature verified. The data remains on the certificate and is not stored or retained when the certificate gets verified. 



Travelling with children

Children between the ages of 7 and 17 must have a negative RT-PCR test in order to travel into Ireland, even with fully vaccinated or recovered adults. Children aged 6 and under do not need to take a RT-PCR test prior to travelling to Ireland.

Advice on travelling abroad is available from the Department of Foreign Affairs.


Requirements for entering Ireland until 19 July

The current travel advice in Ireland is to avoid non-essential travel.


The requirements for entering Ireland from abroad have not changed and remain in place until 19 July, even for those bearing an EU Digital COVID Certificate from another EU Member State. Learn more.


Using the Digital COVID Certificate for other purposes

The Digital COVID Certificate is designed to support safe travel within the EU but countries may be using the EU DCC for other domestic purposes, for example: to allow access to restaurants or cinemas. They will have to set that up in national law. 



Information provided by the Irish Government publication "EU Digital Covid Certificate". Published on 28th June 2021. Last updated on 13 July 2021. 

EU Transition to Climate Neutrality


Climate neutrality is a key priority for the EU. Earlier this year the European Commission released its plan for the financing of climate neutrality. This plan includes investments in the just transition mechanism, modernisation funds, investment in R&D and many more. A full infographic of this plan can be found here

Mainstreaming climate in EU expenditure

30% - almost €550 billion from the EU’s budget for 2021-2027 and the recovery instrument Next Generation EU will be spent on climate action.



Just Transition Mechanism

The EU is mobilising at least €65-75 billion to address the social and economic effects of the green transition, focusing on the regions, industries and workers facing the greatest challenges.


Three pillars:

  1. Just Transition Fund

€17.5 billion expected to mobilise close to €30 billion overall focusing on:

  • productive investment in SMEs and creation of new firms
  • R&D, digital innovation and connectivity
  • clean and renewable energy
  • enhancement of circular economy and land restoration
  • retraining of workers and job seekers
  • activities in the areas of education and social inclusion
  1. Just Transition Scheme within InvestEU

Dedicated InvestEU budget guarantee scheme to mobilise €15 billion of investment in the most affected regions

  1. Public sector loan facility
  • €1.5 billion in grants from the EU budget
  • €10 billion in loans from the European Investment Bank (EIB)

The goal is to increase public sector investments for regional development needs to up to €30 billion.



Modernisation Fund

Around €14 billion (depending on the carbon price) between 2021 and 2030 will be allocated to 10 lower-income member states to be spent on:

  • renewable energy
  • energy efficiency
  • energy storage
  • energy networks
  • just transition in carbon-dependent regions

The Modernisation Fund will be financed through the auctioning of allowances under the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS), initially 2% of the total allowances for the 2021-2030 period.



Horizon Europe

This is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation, with a budget of €95.5 billion. Under the current long-term EU budget, the programme focuses on:

  • tackling climate change
  • achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals
  • boosting the EU’s competitiveness and growth


Innovation Fund

Around €10 billion between 2020 and 2030 (depending on the carbon price) will be provided to develop innovative low-carbon technologies in all member states, including:

  • technologies and processes in energy-intensive industries
  • carbon capture, use and storage
  • renewables
  • energy storage

The Innovation Fund will be financed through the auctioning of at least 450 million allowances under the EU ETS.



LIFE programme for the environment and climate action

€5.4 billion between 2021 and 2027 will support projects and actions covering:

  • nature and biodiversity
  • circular economy and quality of life
  • climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • clean energy transition


Beyond the EU

The EU and its member states are the largest providers of public climate finance in the world. In 2019 they provided €21.9 billion to help developing countries:

  • reduce emissions
  • build resilience against the effects of climate change


International Forum on Industrial Biotechnology & Bio economy 2021


The International Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (IFIB 21) will take place from the 30th September - 1st October 2021, in Trento, Italy, the event will be hybrid of a physical and virtual event.


The Enterprise Europe Network Dublin Chamber is partnering with event organisers Innovhub SSI and Trentino Sviluppo to organise two days of pre-arranged bilateral meetings (B2B). Participants will come from across Europe and beyond, giving them the opportunity to find potential partners for collaborations, business development, licensing agreements, joint ventures, research projects, exchange of experiences and partnership opportunities. Registration is open now

Marketplace Austria Food 2021 ¦ 6th October 2021


On 6th October, Advantage Austria and the Enterprise Europe Network Dublin Chamber are organising the annual global Marketplace Austria Food 2021. This event is aimed at food buyers in the food service, food retail and wholesale sectors.


This event will be held both online and for a limited number of participants on site in Vienna. Registration is open here


For participants interested in attending the event-on-site in Vienna for the first time, two nights hotel accommodation are included. Due to Covid-19 the number of on-site participants will be limited to a first come, first served basis. 

ASEAN E-commerce: Developing Successful Strategies


The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) have recently published research on ASEAN E-commerce: Developing Successful Strategies. The research assess the region's dynamic e-commerce ecosystem while providing practical tips for business for success in the region, with information on the marketplace, taxation and regulation, along with logistics and many more. 


ASEAN's e-commerce markets hold great potential for growth for Irish and European companies, who provide a greater variety of products, and with the convenience of online shopping it has never been easier to establish a presence. 


Full research here

EU-OSHA: Get moving at work


The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) as part of their Healthy Workplaces Campaign have launched a new info sheet "Get moving at work". Being more active at work can help to prevent health problems such as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and heart disease linked to sedentary work and improve performance. 


The info sheet shows how physical activity can become part of any job. While outlining the current health recommendations and containing simple tips for employers and employees.

Did You Miss Our Events? Catch Up Here!

On Thursday 29th July we welcomed Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company. He shared his insights on the changes that have taken place since Brexit, the impact of Covid-19 on trade, and what all this means for businesses and the future of the port. Watch it here.


On Thursday 8th July we had an expert panel discussing Ireland's first e-scooter trial and how it can help make getting around Dublin smarter and safer. This exciting event was sponsored by TIER Mobility. Watch it back here.



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