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The third regional event of the Future of the EU27 Project, 6 p.m. on Thursday, 14 June 2018.

Members of the public were invited to join the IIEA at the Spirit Store, George’s Quay, Dundalk, Co. Louth for a thought-provoking discussion.

Matt Carthy, MEP for the Midlands-North-West Constituency; Dan O’Brien, Chief Economist of the IIEA; and Marie Sherlock, Chief Economist at SIPTU.


Across the European Union, citizens are debating the future of Europe, considering what the EU should do more of, less of, and what it could do better. In this debate on the future of the EU, a panel of experts and policymakers will hold a discussion with audience members on whether the EU or national governments should be responsible for setting policies that deal with globalisation.

For many, there is no greater demonstration of the impact of globalisation than the economic integration of the 28 Member States of the European Union – through the free movement of labour, capital, goods and services across the continent.

Through globalisation, rapid technological advances and international cooperation have led to an expansion of global trade and labour productivity, which has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and encouraged cooperation and peace among the major global powers.

While many have benefited from globalisation, some have not. The impact of technological change on manufacturing and the outsourcing of labour have meant that many workers have lost their jobs and areas that were once prosperous industrial regions have declined. So can globalisation be harnessed, to minimise these negative impacts? And if so, whose job is it to do so?

This debate on the future of Europe asked:

  • How has globalisation affected the lives of Irish people?
  • How can we make globalisation work for citizens?
  • What role should the EU play in setting policies, regulations and laws that curb the damaging effects of globalisation and make it a force for good?
  • Have the Four Freedoms of the European Union (free movement of people, goods, services and capital) been a good or bad thing for Ireland?


This event is part of the IIEA Future of the EU27 Project, which is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.