Shows Dr Christy Ann Petit addressing audience at embassy event
Credit: Irish Embassy

Dr Christy Ann Petit makes Embassy presentation

On 13th December last year, Dr. Petit presented a research report at the Embassy of Ireland in France, in Paris.

The report examines the nature and extent of the Ireland-France economic relationships, focusing not only on post-Brexit developments but also exploring the remarkable increase in bilateral trade, in the context of the EU internal market. It analyses key economic sectors and trends with a particular emphasis on connectivity, the digital economy and sustainability. It also discusses potential success drivers, keeping the two countries closer.

The report shows that the Ireland services exports to France almost doubled between 2016 and 2021 (from €6.4 billion to €11.4 billion.) One contributing factor is the increase in financial services demand following the City of London losing financial passporting rights following Brexit.

The Embassy of Ireland in France commissioned and published the report, titled “Irlande-France : le nouvel élan économique entre deux voisins européens, Multiplier les opportunités et investir dans la soutenabilité et le numérique“. It is authored by Dr. Christy Ann Petit who is also Deputy Director of the DCU Brexit Institute.

During the event, Minister Neale Richmond T.D. gave a keynote speech, after welcoming words by H.E. Ambassador Niall Burgess. Dr. Petit then presented the main findings of the report, before a closing roundtable involving Andrew Coffey (CEO, Smurfit Kappa France), Louisa Heneghan (Head of Economic and Trade Section, Embassy of Ireland), Patrick Torrekens (Manager France, Enterprise Ireland).


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