Public Policy Bulletin, 22 November 2019

Nov 21, 2019

In this week’s bulletin, we’re seeking your feedback to inform the Institute’s response to the Irish Government’s latest consultation on the Proposed Introduction of New Environmental Levies. Also, read about CSO’s latest Labour Force Survey findings.

Public Consultation on the Proposed Introduction of New Environmental Levies

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment has released a public consultation seeking views in relation to the Proposed Introduction of New Environmental Levies. Proposals include levies on coffee cups, waste recovery, and increases to the existing plastic bag and landfill levies. These are proposed to be introduced on a phased basis over the period 2020-2025.  

The Institute will be responding to this consultation. The consultation period closes on 20 December 2019. We would be interested in hearing your views on these proposals, please send these directly to Akriti Gupta.

Latest CSO figures report job growth and low unemployment rates in Ireland

According to recently published figures in the Central Office of Statistics (CSO) Labour Force Survey, employment in Ireland continues to expand with the number of people in employment increasing by 2.4 per cent in the year to the third quarter of 2019. The Irish labour market is reported to be performing strongly, even with mounting uncertainty around Brexit. Minister for Finance and for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe T.D., and Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, T.D. have commended this increase as the figures are broadly in line with their respective Departments’ goals for the next year. These will mainly focus on increased labour market participation, better skills acquisition, and higher capacity for innovation for women and the unemployed citizens in particular.

2020 EU budget: Council and Parliament reach agreement

Reported yesterday, the Council and the European Parliament have reached agreement on an EU budget for 2020 which strongly focuses on growth and competitiveness, climate action and other EU priority areas such as security and management of migration. Total commitments from EU member states are set at €168.7 billion. This is an increase of 1.5 per cent compared to the 2019 budget. The agreed figures are based on the premise that the UK will also continue to participate fully in the financing and implementation of the EU budget for 2020.

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