A major examination of the economic opportunities and impacts for Ireland arising from EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), has been launched today by the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald.
The study aims to deepen the understanding of how Ireland can best take advantage of the opportunities under existing and prospective free trade agreements while ensuring businesses are prepared to access new markets and compete internationally.
Commenting on the study, the Tánaiste said, "This study will demonstrate how Ireland can best benefit from the opportunities presented by EU Free Trade Agreements, explore how they impact our economy across a wide range of economic sectors and explore the role of Brexit. The EU trade agenda is moving ahead swiftly, with preparations for the opening of trade talks, for example, with New Zealand and Australia well underway. I want to ensure that Ireland has a sound evidence base to work from in other upcoming trade negotiations."