Representation in Ireland




The business R&D landscape in Ireland is dominated by foreign multinationals, which account for over two-thirds of the total Business Expenditure on R&D (BERD) .

Wind farm

The European Commission has just published its 2030 emissions targets, broken down by Member State. Today's targets are expressed as a percentage reduction from 2005 emission levels. The targets range from 0% to -40%.

Image from the cover of the report

Today, the European Commission's Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs published a first assessment of the economic outlook for the euro area and the EU after the UK referendum. This follows an initial assessment presented at last week's Eurogroup meeting.

Economy, finance, tax and competition
Cow in a field

The European Commission has outlined new support package worth €500 million for European farmers. This comprehensive support package is further evidence of the Commission's continued commitment to the agricultural sector across the EU. Ireland gets €11,086,327 financial grant for milk and other sectors - see details below.


Galway organisers celebrate the news

Just announced - Galway to be the European Capital of Culture in Ireland in 2020 Limerick and the Three Sisters (Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny) are runners-up.

Culture, education and youth
Migrants crossing from Serbia into Croatia

A new package of reforms to the EU's Common Asylum System has just been agreed at the European Commission level. The next stage is for governments and MEPs to agree on the proposals.

Chocolate bars

Today is World Chocolate Day! Thanks to EU food rules, European chocolate really is chocolate. It must have at least 35% dry cocoa solids. So-called "milk" chocolate gets a special derogation for use in the UK and Ireland, but even this must have minimum 25% cocoa solids).

Environment, consumers and health

Four innovative Irish SMEs, based in Cork, Kerry and Sligo, are to receive EU grants under the latest round of Horizon 2020 SME Instrument funding announced today. The funding is for innovative small firms to get ideas from the lab to the market and help generate growth and jobs in Europe.

Science and technology

Ireland's small and medium-sized enterprises are ranked best in the EU for innovation, according to an EU Commission scoreboard out today. Ireland is also characterised as a "Strong" innovator, the second highest category out of four (leader/ strong/ moderate / modest).

Cows being milked

New rules increasing the public intervention ceiling for Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP) from 218 000 tonnes to 350 000 tonnes formally enter into force today. This move follows a strong take-up of SMP intervention in response to the current market crisis, and follows on from the exceptional measures announced by the Commission at the March Agriculture Council.