29 September 2009, Dublin, Ireland: Mike Conroy, General Manager, Cisco Development Centre; Kim Majerus, Managing Director, Cisco Ireland and Monique Meche, Director, Government Affairs, Ireland
This Friday, Irish voters will vote in a referendum to approve or reject the EU Lisbon treaty which would create a permanent EU presidency, more unified EU-wide laws and improve the overall efficiency of the EU’s operations. Ireland must approve the Treaty in order for it to take effect across the 27-EU member bloc. Irish voters rejected the Treaty in a referendum last year after widespread debate and some confusion. After rejection, Ireland received important concessions from Brussels, including the right to retain an Irish EU Commissioner.
Cisco employs approximately 200 people in Ireland across its Dublin and Galway R&D Centre locations…
We believe that further investment and growth in Ireland is closely linked with Ireland’s strong, ongoing participation in and active contribution to the European Union, as Ireland has done for the last 36 years with many economic and social benefits. Cisco also believes that Ireland’s place at the core of the EU is crucial to the Irish economy. Approval of the Lisbon Treaty will help Ireland and Europe drive economic recovery and will also result in a more effective, more democratic and more accountable EU, which is good for the EU, good for Ireland and good for companies such as Cisco doing business on a global and pan-European basis.
That is why we are voting YES on Friday.