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Statement following the conclusion of the third post-programme surveillance mission to Ireland

05/01/2015

Statement following the conclusion of the third post-programme surveillance mission to Ireland

Staff from the European Commission, in liaison with staff from the European Central Bank (ECB), visited Ireland to carry out the third post-programme surveillance (PPS) mission from 27 April to 1 May. This was coordinated with the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) third post-programme monitoring (PPM) mission. The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) also participated in the meetings on aspects related to its Early Warning System.  More...

Ireland - largest unemployment drop in EU

04/30/2015

Ireland - largest unemployment drop in EU

Eurostat estimates released today reveal that Ireland registered the largest decrease in EU unemployment from March 2014 to March 2015, with a drop from 12% in March 2014 to 9.8% in March 2015. The next largest decreases for the same period were found in Spain (25.1% to 23.0%) and Poland (9.6% to 7.7%).  More...

State Aid: Commission launches sector inquiry into mechanisms to ensure electricity supplies

04/29/2015

State Aid: Commission launches sector inquiry into mechanisms to ensure electricity supplies

The European Commission has launched a state aid sector inquiry into national measures to ensure that adequate capacity to produce electricity is available at all times to avoid black-outs (so-called "capacity mechanisms"). The inquiry will gather information on capacity mechanisms to examine, in particular, whether they ensure sufficient electricity supply without distorting competition or trade in the EU Single Market. It complements the Commission's Energy Union Strategy to create a connected, integrated and secure energy market in Europe.  More...

EU to step up security efforts to counter cybercrime and terrorism

04/28/2015

EU to step up security efforts to counter cybercrime and terrorism

The European Commission vowed today to step up support to EU Member States to tackle security threats such as terrorism and cybercrime, when it presented its European Security Agenda 2015-2020. Recent terrorist attacks in the EU highlighted the cross-border challenges faced by EU Member States and the need for the EU to facilitate cooperation, exchange of information and joint action.  More...

Eurostat - Irish part-time workers want to work more

04/28/2015

Eurostat - Irish part-time workers want to work more

Almost a quarter of the Irish workforce were working part-time in 2014 according to Eurostat's Labour Force survey released today. 54% of this group were women who would like to work more hours and were available to do so (defined as "underemployed"). 28.7% of part-time workers and 6.7% of the total Irish workforce classified themselves as underemployed in 2014.  More...

Two years after Rana Plaza-progress report on Bangladesh Sustainability Compact

04/24/2015

Two years after Rana Plaza-progress report on Bangladesh Sustainability Compact

On the 2nd anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh which claimed 1,129 lives, the European Commission publishes its progress report on the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact.  More...

Malaria: a persistent health threat that we must face head on

04/24/2015

Malaria: a persistent health threat that we must face head on

On World Malaria Day, Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health & Food Safety and Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation highlight a persistent global health threat that must not be forgotten.  More...

Commission authorises 17 GMOs for food/feed uses and 2 GM carnations

04/24/2015

Commission authorises 17 GMOs for food/feed uses and 2 GM carnations

The Commission today adopted 10 new authorisations for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for food/feed use, 7 renewals of existing authorisations and also the authorisation for the importation of 2 GMO cut flowers (not for food or feed). These GMOs had gone through a full authorisation procedure, including a favourable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The authorisation decisions do not cover cultivation.  More...

Relocating for employment biggest concern among Irish youth

04/23/2015

Relocating for employment biggest concern among Irish youth

Having to move to find a job is a top concern for 32% of Ireland's young people, compared to 16% at EU level, according to a Eurobarometer on European Youth, released today.  More...

Gas Infrastructure Europe Annual conference – keynote speech by Commissioner Arias Canete

04/23/2015

Gas Infrastructure Europe Annual conference – keynote speech by Commissioner Arias Canete

Speaking in Dublin today, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, underlined that a fully functioning and integrated European gas market was key to lower prices and security of supply. He also told delegates at the conference that energy projects would be the single largest beneficiary of the €315 billion planned for spending by the new European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI).  More...

Innovative Cork SME wins €50,000 EU funding

04/23/2015

Innovative Cork SME wins €50,000 EU funding

Composite Recycling Ltd, a Cork based SME, has been awarded €50,000 by the European Commission to help bring its innovative project, to recycle whole tyres within 30 minutes with molten zinc, to the market.  More...

GMOs - More flexibility for Member States to decide on their use for food & feed

04/22/2015

GMOs - More flexibility for Member States to decide on their use for food & feed

The European Commission has today adopted a proposal to allow EU Member States more flexibility to decide on the use of GMOs on their territory.  More...

Commission sends Statement of Objections to Gazprom

04/22/2015

Commission sends Statement of Objections to Gazprom

The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Gazprom alleging that some of its business practices in Central and Eastern European gas markets constitute an abuse of its dominant market position in breach of EU antitrust rules.  More...

EIB finance for 14 Irish primary care centres announced

04/22/2015

EIB finance for 14 Irish primary care centres announced

An Irish project will be one of the first to receive pre-financing under the Juncker Commission's new "Investment Plan for Europe". The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have agreed to fund up to €70 million of the construction costs for 14 primary care centres around Ireland.  More...

EU Funding for Bord Bia

04/21/2015

EU Funding for Bord Bia

The European Commission has approved €500,000 EU funding for Bord Bia for the next three years. This will make up a total spend of €1 million by Bord Bia on the promotion of fresh fruit and vegetables until 2018.  More...

Investment Plan for Europe: €40 billion now pledged

04/21/2015

Investment Plan for Europe: €40 billion now pledged

Today Poland became the latest Member State to announce that it will contribute €8 billion to projects to be financed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which is at the heart of the €315 billion Investment Plan for Europe.  More...

Ten point action plan on migration from joint Foreign and Interior Ministers

04/21/2015

Ten point action plan on migration from joint Foreign and Interior Ministers

At a joint meeting of Foreign and Interior Ministers, chaired by High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini and held in Luxembourg, Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Avramopoulous presented a 10 point plan of the immediate actions to be taken in response to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean. The plan received the full backing of Foreign and Interior Ministers.  More...

EU Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas addresses opening of Teagasc Innovation Centre

04/17/2015

EU Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas addresses opening of Teagasc Innovation Centre

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Teagasc Paddy O'Keeffe Innovation Centre in Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork today, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas highlighted existing EU funded innovations in agriculture in Ireland, including AUTOGRASSMILK and GrassHopper.  More...

EU Agriculture Commissioner Hogan addresses opening of Teagasc Innovation Centre

04/17/2015

EU Agriculture Commissioner Hogan addresses opening of Teagasc Innovation Centre

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Teagasc Paddy O'Keeffe Innovation Centre in Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork today, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan underlined the importance of Paddy O'Keeffe's vision for a grass-based agricultural model, and its benefits for modern Irish and European agriculture, especially in a post-milk quota era.  More...

European Commission launches €3m prize to improve air quality in cities

04/16/2015

European Commission launches €3m prize to improve air quality in cities

A prize of €3 million will be awarded to the person or team that develops the best material to reduce the concentration of particulate matter in urban areas, the European Commission announced today. The aim is to improve air quality in cities and reduce the serious health risks posed by particulate matter (PM), the air pollutant which has the most severe impact on health.  More...

A new Wave of Scientific Transatlantic Cooperation

04/16/2015

A new Wave of Scientific Transatlantic Cooperation

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D. today joined with Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in Brussels, along with Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea, to announce the first trans-Atlantic mapping survey to take place under the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.  More...

Ireland has highest proportion of children in EU - Eurostat

04/16/2015

Ireland has highest proportion of children in EU - Eurostat

In 2014, Ireland (22.0%) recorded by far the largest proportion of children (under-15s) in the EU, followed by France (18.6%), the United Kingdom (17.6%) and Denmark (17.2%).  More...

Commission sends Statement of Objections to Google on comparison shopping service; opens separate formal investigation on Android

04/15/2015

Commission sends Statement of Objections to Google on comparison shopping service; opens separate formal investigation on Android

The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area (EEA) by systematically favouring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages.  More...

Irish house prices rising fastest in EU

04/15/2015

Irish house prices rising fastest in EU

Ireland's house prices were 16.3% higher in the last quarter of 2014 than in the last quarter of 2013, according to Eurostat estimates released today. This is the highest annual house price increase in the EU.  More...

Fota Walled Garden Cork wins EU Cultural Heritage Prize

04/14/2015

Fota Walled Garden Cork wins EU Cultural Heritage Prize

Fota Walled Garden in Co. Cork has been awarded an EU Prize for Cultural Heritage. Fota is among 28 award winners chosen by The European Commission and Europa Nostra, considered Europe’s most prestigious prize in the heritage field. The Fota project was awarded in the Awareness Raising category.  More...

Donal Ryan wins 2015 European Union Prize for Literature

04/14/2015

Donal Ryan wins 2015 European Union Prize for Literature

The Irish author Donal Ryan, has been awarded an EU Prize for Literature (EUPL) for his novel The Spinning Heart. Mr. Ryan is among 11 other writers from across Europe to be awarded an EUPL at the London Book Fair today.  More...

Irish SME wins EU funding for novel test to detect preeclampsia

04/09/2015

Irish SME wins EU funding for novel test to detect preeclampsia

The European Commission has awarded €50,000 to Cork based SME Inform Bioscience to help bring a novel urine test, which can detect if a pregnant woman is experiencing renal damage that preludes the manifestations of preeclampsia later in her pregnancy, to the market.  More...

State aid: Commission approves restructuring aid in favour of Irish bank Permanent TSB

04/09/2015

State aid: Commission approves restructuring aid in favour of Irish bank Permanent TSB

The European Commission has found that restructuring aid granted by Ireland to Permanent TSB (PTSB) is in line with EU state aid rules. The restructuring plan sets out the path for PTSB to become viable in the long-term without further state support, while ensuring that the bank and its owners contribute to the cost of restructuring and limiting the distortions of competition created by the aid.  More...

Results of new University ranking system: U-Multirank 2015

03/30/2015

Results of new University ranking system: U-Multirank 2015

Thirteen Higher Education Institutes (HEI) in Ireland are included in the 2015 U-Multirank university ranking. The report is based on scores across five different dimensions; Teaching and Learning, Research, Knowledge Transfer, International Orientation and Regional Engagement.  More...

Hourly labour costs fall in Ireland

03/30/2015

Hourly labour costs fall in Ireland

Ireland was one of seven EU countries where hourly labour costs* fell in 2014, according to latest Eurostat estimates. Hourly costs in Ireland fell by 0.2% year on year.  More...

8 Irish SMEs receive EU funding for innovative ideas

03/27/2015

8 Irish SMEs receive EU funding for innovative ideas

Today the European Commission announced it will support 387 innovative SMEs with over €130 million in new grants – including eight in Ireland. The funding, which comes from Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding programme, will help innovative small firms get ideas from the lab to the market.  More...

'TTIP: Why Ireland needs it': Address by EU Trade Commissioner to Dublin conference

03/27/2015

'TTIP: Why Ireland needs it': Address by EU Trade Commissioner to Dublin conference

Speaking at today's Dublin launch of the Copenhagen Study on the effects of TTIP on Ireland, EU Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, said: "This is a deal with enormous potential. But we can only fulfil that potential if we are ambitious. That means the Commission, Member States and the European Parliament working closely together, and with the United States, to deliver results. And it means all of us, along with representatives of civil society and the business community, engaging in a constructive public debate about what kind of results we want.  More...

EU research into cancer

03/27/2015

EU research into cancer

The most frequently occurring forms of cancer in the EU are colorectal, breast, prostate and lung cancers. Although significant advances are being made in the fight against the disease, cancer remains a key public health concern and a tremendous burden on European societies.  More...

586kg of municipal waste per Irish person in 2013

03/26/2015

586kg of municipal waste per Irish person in 2013

Each person in Ireland created 586kg of municipal waste in 2013, according to the latest Eurostat figures. 531kg of this was treated in the following ways: 34% was recycled, 42% was landfilled, 18% was incinerated and 6% was composted. Ireland's waste generation is above the EU average of 481kg for the same period, but ranks as a medium waste producing country, against the highest producer, Denmark (747kg per person).  More...

EU milk sector prepares for end of dairy quotas

03/26/2015

EU milk sector prepares for end of dairy quotas

The EU milk quota regime comes to an end on March 31, 2015. First introduced in 1984 at a time when EU production far outstripped demand, the quota regime was one of the tools introduced in overcoming these structural surpluses.  More...

European Commission agrees key areas for action in digital services

03/25/2015

European Commission agrees key areas for action in digital services

Today the European Commission agreed key areas for action that will remove obstacles for consumers and businesses alike and create a Digital Single Market: making the EU's single market freedoms "go digital" and boost growth and jobs.  More...

Road deaths on the rise in Ireland

03/24/2015

Road deaths on the rise in Ireland

Road deaths in Ireland increased by 4% between 2013 and 2014, according to the EU road safety statistics, released today. The figures show that 190 people were killed as a result of traffic collisions in Ireland in 2013 and this rose to 197 in 2014. This is following a 23.5% decrease between 2010, when 212 people were killed on Irish roads, and 2012 when 162 people lost their lives as a result of traffic accidents.  More...

Nine dangerous consumer products withdrawn from Irish market

03/23/2015

Nine dangerous consumer products withdrawn from Irish market

Nine consumer items, including children's clothes and toys were withdrawn from the Irish market in 2014 due to risk of injuries, ranging from choking and strangulation. This is thanks to cooperation between the European Commission Rapid Alert System and EU Member States. In all, European authorities withdrew 2,500 products from EU markets last year.  More...

Ukraine joins Horizon 2020 to work with EU in science and research

03/20/2015

Ukraine joins Horizon 2020 to work with EU in science and research

Researchers, businesses and innovators from Ukraine will now be able to fully participate in Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation funding programme, on equal terms with EU Member States and other associated countries. This is thanks to the Agreement for the Association of Ukraine to Horizon 2020, signed today in Kyiv by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Serhiy Kvit, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine.  More...

€1.2 million for School Fruit Scheme in Ireland

03/18/2015

€1.2 million for School Fruit Scheme in Ireland

Over €1.2 million for the School Fruit Scheme in Ireland for the 2015/2016 school year has been agreed by the European Commission today.  This current round of funding is 75% financed by the EU and 25% financed by Ireland. The total funding for the scheme across 25 EU Member States is €150 million.  More...

Combating corporate tax avoidance: Commission presents Tax Transparency Package

03/18/2015

Combating corporate tax avoidance: Commission presents Tax Transparency Package

The European Commission today presented a package of tax transparency measures as part of its ambitious agenda to tackle corporate tax avoidance and harmful tax competition in the EU. A key element of this Tax Transparency Package is a proposal to introduce the automatic exchange of information between Member States on their tax rulings.  More...

EU awards 7 Irish university researchers up to €2.75m each

03/12/2015

EU awards 7 Irish university researchers up to €2.75m each

Today the EU's European Research Council (ERC) announced the 372 winners of its second Consolidator Grant competition – amongst whom are seven researchers based in Ireland (UCD, Trinity College and NUI Maynooth).    More...

Successful vote in European Parliament to cap interchange fees on credit and debit cards

03/10/2015

Successful vote in European Parliament to cap interchange fees on credit and debit cards

The European Commission today welcomed the European Parliament's vote to cap interchange fees for credit and debit cards. The cap, if agreed by the EU government ministers meeting in Council, should reduce hidden fees and improve competition for all card payments. It's expected that the Council will look at this before summer this year. The interchange fees package is largely based on a proposal the Commission tabled in 2013.  More...

New EU rules for safer and more eco-friendly lorries

03/10/2015

New EU rules for safer and more eco-friendly lorries

Today the European Parliament gave its final approval to new EU rules for safer and more eco-friendly lorries (Directive 2013/0195), put forward by the Commission. These rules will allow manufacturers to develop more aerodynamic lorries which will reduce fuel consumption by 7-10%, cut emissions of greenhouse gases, and also enhance road safety.  More...

EU launches 3rd edition of Women Innovators Prize

03/09/2015

EU launches 3rd edition of Women Innovators Prize

On the occasion of International Women's Day, the European Commission is launching the third edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators to reward three women who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market.  More...

03/06/2015

EU inducement prize reaps massive reward for innovative SME

One year ago, the German biopharmaceutical company CureVac GmbH won the EU’s first ever innovation inducement prize worth €2 million for making progress towards a novel technology to bring life-saving vaccines to people across the planet in safe and affordable ways. Today, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has announced a commitment to invest €46 million in CureVac to accelerate the development of its innovative vaccine technology and the production of numerous vaccines against infectious diseases.  More...

Irish Gender Pay Gap widens - Eurostat

03/05/2015

Irish Gender Pay Gap widens - Eurostat

According to the latest Eurostat data, the gender pay gap in Ireland has recently widened somewhat. Per hour, Irish women earned 14.4% less than men in 2012 (last data submitted), up from 12.6% in 2008, while on average across the EU women earned 16.4% less than men (2013 figures).  More...

Eurobarometer on tourism: findings for Ireland

03/04/2015

Eurobarometer on tourism: findings for Ireland

The European Commission has just published a Eurobarometer on Preferences of Europeans towards Tourism.  More...

University College Cork and NUI Galway researchers win up to €2m each in EU funding

03/04/2015

University College Cork and NUI Galway researchers win up to €2m each in EU funding

Dr Maria McNamara from University College Cork and Dr Martin O'Halloran from the National University of Ireland, Galway, will each receive funding from the European Research Council (ERC) worth up to €2 million for their projects. This funding will help them build their own research teams and pursue their best ideas at the frontiers of knowledge.  More...

Six Irish research institutions receive EU 'HR Excellence in Research Award'

03/04/2015

Six Irish research institutions receive EU 'HR Excellence in Research Award'

Today, the first two hundred Deans and Rectors from universities and research institutes to have implemented the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers will receive the ‘HR Excellence in Research Award’ for their efforts to create attractive working conditions for researchers in Europe.  More...

Kerry students beat off all comers to win EU Model Schools Debate

03/03/2015

Kerry students beat off all comers to win EU Model Schools Debate

Kerry students beat off competition from 27 other schools today, as they experienced political sparring at the highest level in Dublin Castle. They were debating the hot topic of renewable energy targets in the eighth annual Model Council of the European Union. Winners Pobailscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kenmare, Co Kerry, role-played Bulgaria in an intense and well informed discussion among 27 other schools from across Ireland. Runners-up in a tough field were Assumption Grammar from Ballynahinch, Co Down who took the role of Hungary.  More...

Political 'sparring' in Dublin Castle as students debate renewable energy targets

03/03/2015

Political 'sparring' in Dublin Castle as students debate renewable energy targets

Students got to experience political sparring at the highest level today in Dublin Castle. They were debating the hot topic of renewable energy targets in the eighth annual Model Council of the European Union.  More...

Irish researcher awarded €150,000 from EU

02/27/2015

Irish researcher awarded €150,000 from EU

Professor Róisín Owens, from Glasnevin in Dublin, has been awarded a €150.000 'Proof of Concept' (PoC) grant as top up funding by the EU's European Research Council (ERC) for her research project entitled 'Exploitation of Organic Electrochemical Transistors for Biological Ionsensing (IONOSENSE)' which is looking into finding new ways of testing drugs so that fewer animals (or no animals at all) will need be involved in testing in the future.  More...

EU launches €1m prize for a diagnostic test to combat antibiotic resistance

02/26/2015

EU launches €1m prize for a diagnostic test to combat antibiotic resistance

A prize of €1 million will be awarded to the person or team that develops a rapid test to tell whether a patient needs to be treated with antibiotics or not, the European Commission announced today. The aim is to stop overuse of antibiotics and halt the growing resistance of micro-organisms to them that causes every year 25 000 deaths and over €1.5 billion in healthcare expenses and productivity losses in Europe alone.  More...

European Semester 2015: College decisions

02/25/2015

European Semester 2015: College decisions

The European Commission today sent a strong signal to Member States to carry out structural reforms and to continue consolidating their public finances. This follows the approach that the new College of Commissioners outlined in November and is at the heart of the Annual Growth Survey 2015: a fresh focus on investment, structural reforms, and fiscal responsibility.  More...

Have your say on the achievements of FP7

02/25/2015

Have your say on the achievements of FP7

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the achievements of FP7, the EU's 7th Framework Programme for research and innovation worth €53 billion of funding for the period 2007-2013. The results of the consultation will feed into the ex-post evaluation of FP7 carried out by an independent external High Level Expert Group.  More...

€610 million EU investment for employment and skills in Ireland

02/25/2015

€610 million EU investment for employment and skills in Ireland

€610 million of EU funding to promote employment, skills and social inclusion has been agreed by the European Commission today. This will be matched by national funding to bring the total investment for the 2014-2020 European Social Fund for Ireland to €1.15 billion.  More...

EU Commission wants urgent action on energy markets

02/25/2015

EU Commission wants urgent action on energy markets

An overhaul of the electricity market, a tougher negotiation strategy with third country suppliers, 10% of European electricity passing through interconnectors, more EU funding for energy efficiency, a new renewables energy package: just some of the things the European Commission announced today (25/2/2015) in a new, more urgent approach to energy strategy.  More...

EU-Funded Research contribution to the Energy Union

02/25/2015

EU-Funded Research contribution to the Energy Union

Research, Innovation and Competitiveness has been identified as one of the five mutually-reinforcing and closely interrelated dimensions of the Energy Union presented today in Brussels. Embedded across all of the strategy's priorities, R&I will play a key role in helping Europe achieve all its ambitious climate and energy targets.  More...

Improved broadband among priorities for €820m EU funding programme for Ireland

02/24/2015

Improved broadband among priorities for €820m EU funding programme for Ireland

European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu met Minister Brendan Howlin TD in Brussels today to sign EU Structural fund investments worth €820.2 million for Irish regions. The funds will cover the €498.2 m investment for the Southern & Eastern region of Ireland (SE) and €320.2m for the Border Midlands and Western region (BMW) of the country for 2014-2020. County Councillors from Dun Laoghaire, Cork and Donegal were also in attendance to represent the SE and BMW regions.  More...

Ireland ranks 9th in EU's new Digital Index

02/24/2015

Ireland ranks 9th in EU's new Digital Index

Ireland ranks 9th out of the 28 EU Member States in the digital performance stakes according to the new Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI)[1] with an overall score of 0.52[2]. It falls into the cluster of medium performance countries[3], where it performs slightly above the average of cluster countries (0.51) and above the EU average (0.47).  More...

Statement by Commissioner Carlos Moedas on EU-funded research on Ebola

02/24/2015

Statement by Commissioner Carlos Moedas on EU-funded research on Ebola

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, today welcomed the announcement by researchers working on the EU-funded REACTION project that the antiviral drug favipiravir may be an effective treatment against early Ebola disease.  More...

Ireland's optimism picking up - Eurobarometer

02/23/2015

Ireland's optimism picking up - Eurobarometer

The results of the latest Eurobarometer suggest that, after some negative years, a more optimistic view of the EU is resurfacing in Ireland.  More...

Let's Talk about Tax: EU Commission Vice-President Dombrovskis outlines new proposals

02/18/2015

Let's Talk about Tax: EU Commission Vice-President Dombrovskis outlines new proposals

With greater tax transparency must come greater tax fairness. This was the main message from European Commission Vice-President Dombrovskis today in Brussels. Profits must be taxed where profits are being made, is the Commission's guiding principle, he added.  More...

EU pushes for real single market in capital and investment

02/18/2015

EU pushes for real single market in capital and investment

50 years after the Treaty of Rome, there is still no real free flow of capital in the EU. So said Commissioner for Financial Services, Jonathan Hill in Brussels this morning. This means European businesses are over-reliant on banks for funding, often failing to get the investment they need.  More...

€240 million EU funding for cross-border cooperation in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland

02/17/2015

€240 million EU funding for cross-border cooperation in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland

€240 million for cooperation between the border counties in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland has been adopted by the European Commission. An additional €43 million in national contributions will bring the total of this funding to almost €283 million.  More...

Top researchers appointed to the ERC Scientific Council and renewal of term of Prof Nicholas Canny of NUI Galway

02/17/2015

Top researchers appointed to the ERC Scientific Council and renewal of term of Prof Nicholas Canny of NUI Galway

Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, welcomes the appointment of three accomplished scientists to join the European Research Council's Scientific Council, an independent body that decides the strategy and distribution of ERC funding.  More...

€79 million EU Investment for Ireland and Wales cooperation projects

02/17/2015

€79 million EU Investment for Ireland and Wales cooperation projects

€79 million for cooperation between Ireland and Wales has been approved by the European Commission. National contributions to the fund bring the total to nearly €100 million.  More...

Boosting research capacity across EU with 13 new 'ERA Chairs'

02/13/2015

Boosting research capacity across EU with 13 new 'ERA Chairs'

Thirteen universities, technical institutes and private organisations in those parts of Europe that have not done as well as they could in research and innovation are to receive up to €2.5 million each in EU funding to boost their research capacity through the appointment of "ERA Chairs", the European Commission announced today.  More...

Love hurts: Valentine's spike in dating website complaints

02/12/2015

Love hurts: Valentine's spike in dating website complaints

Some online dating sites are cheating unwary Irish consumers out of hundreds of euros, according to the European Consumer Centre (ECC). "This is more Halloween than Valentine's," said Ann Neville, Director of the ECC (12 February). "Even when you cancel membership and delete your profile, some of these sites keep taking money from your bank account."  More...

Ireland among best for EU's 112 emergency number

02/11/2015

Ireland among best for EU's 112 emergency number

Ireland's emergency services came in the top group in Europe for response time to calls to the EU's 112 Emergency Number. This is according to a European Commission report out today (11 February) to mark European 112 day.  More...

Cybercrime - Irish internet users targeted

02/10/2015

Cybercrime - Irish internet users targeted

Forty per cent of Irish internet users have received emails or phone calls trying to get access to their computer or personal details such as banking information.  More...

EU Commission proposes €2.5 million for Irish ex-Lufthansa Technik workers

02/06/2015

EU Commission proposes €2.5 million for Irish ex-Lufthansa Technik workers

The European Commission has proposed giving Ireland €2.5 million to support the former workers in Lufthansa Technik Airmotive. The Lufthansa plant, which was based in Rathcoole, Co Dublin, closed in early 2014 with the loss of 424 jobs in all.  More...

EU winter economic forecasts: Irish GDP still growing fastest in EU

02/05/2015

EU winter economic forecasts: Irish GDP still growing fastest in EU

The European Commission today forecast that Irish GDP will grow by 3.5% in 2015, the fastest growing economy in the EU, and by 3.6% for 2016.  More...

EU grants two Dublin researchers €150,000

02/05/2015

EU grants two Dublin researchers €150,000

Professor Fergal O'Brien of Bioengineering & Regenerative Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Professor Valeria Nicolosi at the School of Chemistry, School of Physics & CRANN in Trinity College Dublin will each receive a 'Proof of Concept' (PoC) grant from the European Research Council (ERC) worth up to €150,000 to help them bridge the gap between their existing frontier research and its commercial applications.  More...

Bray student is Ireland's top Young Translator

02/04/2015

Bray student is Ireland's top Young Translator

Adela Hunt, a student at St Kilian's Community School in Bray, has won the 2014 Juvenes Translatores award for Ireland. Adela is among the winning 28 students from each EU Member State who will travel to Brussels in April for an award ceremony, where they will receive their awards from European Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva.  More...




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