Dáil Éireann - Volume 623 - 04 July, 2006

Written Answers. - Trade Issues.

Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will report on plans for an official trade delegation to travel to Montenegro to support them as a newly declared sovereign State in Europe; when same will occur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25752/06]

Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will report on the balance of trade between Montenegro and Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25753/06]

  Mr. M. Ahern:I propose to take Questions Nos. 391 and 392 together.

In 2005, Ireland’s exports to Serbia and Montenegro were €5,470,000 (down from €14,831,000 in 2004) and our imports from that country were €593,000 (down from €1,477,000 in 2004). As Montenegro did not exist as a separate country then, a breakdown of this trade between the two parts of the former State is not available. [398] At present, Enterprise Ireland clients do not view Montenegro as a priority export market. In particular, given the low level of Irish exports to the former State of Serbia and Montenegro and the focus by clients on other markets with greater potential for trade, there is no evidence of interest by Enterprise Ireland clients in participating in a trade delegation to Montenegro in the near future.