Ministerial Responsibilities

The mandate of the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment is to implement Government policy in five key areas – development of enterprise, employment production, trade development, protection of workers and the regulation of businesses.

A large element of the work of the Department arises from Ireland’s membership of a number of international organizations, in particular the European Union (EU) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). EU and WTO policy and operational decisions influence virtually all of the Department’s activities. The Department plays an active role in the development of EU and WTO policies to ensure that Ireland’s interests are protected.

In addition, the Department is the National Authority for the European Social Fund. The fund currently provides some 300 Million Euro annually to fund programs and projects run by public, private and community bodies.

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