Public Policy Bulletin, 2 March 2020

Feb 28, 2020


In this week’s Public Policy bulletin, read about how CCAB-I is the fifth most active group lobbying on behalf of its members’ interest in Ireland. Also, read about the EU’s new country-by-country reports.


CCAB-I identified as fifth most active lobbying group in Ireland

The Second Statutory Review of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 published on 25 February. The review of the Act, described as providing transparency on ‘who is lobbying whom about what’, was seen as an opportunity to take stock of its impact, to see how it is working in practice and to see what issues and challenges it presents. According to the Register of Lobbying, the Consultative Committee of Accounting Bodies Ireland (CCAB-I) was in the top five organisations in Ireland with the greatest amount of lobbying activity. This was from a total of more than 40,000 returns which had been submitted to as at 21 January 2020 from over 1,900 persons and organisations registered on the Register. The top ten policy areas cited in returns include economic development and industry, coming second after health, and taxation and EU Affairs coming ninth and tenth place respectively.


Employment skills key to Ireland’s sustainable and inclusive growth

The EU Commission has published its country reports focussing on Member States’ environmental sustainability, productivity gains, fairness and macroeconomic stability. For the first time, the reports assess Member States’ progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ireland’s country report identifies, among other things, closing employment related skill gaps and encouraging key social, environmental and productive investment to provide the foundations for sustainable and inclusive growth.