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Faster, more accurate flood warnings through EU research

08/29/2014

Faster, more accurate flood warnings through EU research

Timely flood alerts and real-time monitoring of flood emergencies can save lives and prevent damage to property, infrastructure and the environment. Imprints, WeSenseIt and UrbanFlood are just three examples of EU-funded projects that have developed unique forecasting and alert systems to warn communities of impending floods.  More...

European Commission announces emergency market support measures for the milk sector

08/29/2014

European Commission announces emergency market support measures for the milk sector

The European Commission has announced today that it will open Private Storage Aid for butter, Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP) and certain cheeses in order to alleviate the impact of Russian restrictions on imports of EU dairy products and to limit the negative effects on the internal market.  More...

Statement by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn on the occasion of the passing of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds

08/21/2014

Statement by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn on the occasion of the passing of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds

Albert Reynolds - risk-taker, supportive leader, history-maker  More...

Cannabis use of Irish youth higher than EU average-Eurobarometer survey results

08/21/2014

Cannabis use of Irish youth higher than EU average-Eurobarometer survey results

A Eurobarometer report released today reveals levels of drug use, perceived risk of certain substances, as well as opinions on regulating drugs and dealing with drug problems in society, among Europe's young people.  More...

Robots lending a helping hand to build Airbus planes

08/20/2014

Robots lending a helping hand to build Airbus planes

Trying to squeeze into tight spaces, carrying out highly repetitive tasks and living with back injuries: these everyday realities of working in aviation construction will soon be over. By bringing robots onto the factory floor to carry out the uncomfortable and tedious tasks, the EU-funded project VALERI hopes to place a higher value on human know-how.  More...

Commission announces exceptional support measures for EU producers of perishable fruit & vegetables

08/18/2014

Commission announces exceptional support measures for EU producers of perishable fruit & vegetables

In the context of Russian restrictions on imports of EU agricultural products and following on from last week’s Management Committee meeting discussion of the market situation, the European Commission is moving as from today to introduce support measures for certain perishable fruits & vegetables.  More...

Russia sanctions on EU Agriculture products - Commission Statement

08/14/2014

Russia sanctions on EU Agriculture products - Commission Statement

The Commission held a very useful first exchange of views with Member State experts this morning on the potential impact of the Russian sanctions announced last week on imports of certain agricultural products.  More...

Mind over matter: EU researchers use brainpower to get moving

08/13/2014

Mind over matter: EU researchers use brainpower to get moving

Grabbing a glass or typing an email: these are some everyday gestures that are not possible for people with serious physical impairments – even though they have the will and the brainpower to do so. EU-funded projects such as TOBI (Tools for Brain-Computer Interaction) are working on technologies that could greatly improve the quality of life of people such as 20-year-old Francesco or 53-year-old Jean-Luc.  More...

EU increases humanitarian assistance for Ukrainian conflict-affected population

08/12/2014

EU increases humanitarian assistance for Ukrainian conflict-affected population

The European Commission is giving additional funding of €2.5 million to assist the most vulnerable people affected by the continuing fighting in Eastern Ukraine. This humanitarian aid is geared towards helping to register and relocate internally displaced people (IDPs), provide shelter, food, water, healthcare, psycho-social assistance and protection in preparation for the coming winter.  More...

Iraq: EU increases humanitarian aid

08/12/2014

Iraq: EU increases humanitarian aid

The European Commission is increasing its humanitarian aid to Iraq by an additional €5 million in response to the growing needs, bringing the overall funding for Iraq up to €17 million in 2014.  More...

Fight against overfishing: European Commission announces deductions from 2014 fishing quotas

08/11/2014

Fight against overfishing: European Commission announces deductions from 2014 fishing quotas

The ten Member States that declared having exceeded their fishing quotas in 2013 will face reduced fishing quotas for those stocks in 2014. The European Commission announces these deductions on a yearly basis to immediately address the damage done to the stocks overfished in the previous year and ensure a sustainable use by Member States of common fishery resources. Compared to last year, the number of deductions made went down by 22%.  More...

Commission presses car rental companies to stop discriminatory practices against consumers

08/11/2014

Commission presses car rental companies to stop discriminatory practices against consumers

The European Commission is today making public a letter which was sent recently to the CEOs of six international car rental companies which offer their services to consumers in all Member States of the European Union.  More...

Safer cruise ships thanks to EU-funded research

08/08/2014

Safer cruise ships thanks to EU-funded research

When choosing their summer holidays, many European opt for a cruise, or use a ferry to get where they are going. A very important aspect of passenger shipping is safety. Thanks to EU-funded research, evacuating large passenger ships could be even smoother and safer in future. EU-funded researchers are also helping to design more stable cruise ships and ferries.  More...

EU Health Commissioner says risk from Ebola to EU territories is extremely low

08/08/2014

EU Health Commissioner says risk from Ebola to EU territories is extremely low

In a statement made following today's declaration by the World Health Organisation that the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is a public health emergency of international concern, EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg stressed that the risk from Ebola to EU territories was extremely low.  More...

EU launches new programme to support Africa's continental integration

08/06/2014

EU launches new programme to support Africa's continental integration

The European Commission has launched the first phase of a new programme that will foster Africa's integration process at continental level - the first ever EU programme in development and cooperation that covers Africa as a whole. The so-called Pan-African Programme will fund activities in a broad range of areas and offer new possibilities for the EU and Africa to work together. Today’s decision will launch projects for the period 2014-2017, with a total allocation of €415 million.  More...

An app that helps you buy good food at the best price

08/06/2014

An app that helps you buy good food at the best price

Nothing to cook for dinner? While rushing to the supermarket, you will soon be able to consult the FoodLoop app and find the best offers close to you. This system – made possible thanks to an EU-funded toolbox – informs you if a product is reduced in price because the "best before" date is coming up. You save money but also help reduce waste.  More...

European Commission calls for better protection for package holidays

08/01/2014

European Commission calls for better protection for package holidays

83% of Irish people took a holiday in another EU country, and spent just over €1 billion on package holidays last year. Thanks to EU consumer protection rules, many people booking package holidays can travel to their chosen destinations with peace of mind: they know, for example, that they will be able to go home, even if the travel agent that booked their flights, hotels and car rentals goes bust.  More...

EU develops new driverless car parking system

07/31/2014

EU develops new driverless car parking system

There are only a few minutes before your flight check-in closes, or before your train departs, but you now have to spend precious time hunting for a free space at the airport or station car park. Imagine leaving your vehicle at the main entrance and letting the car do the rest on its own. Researchers from Germany, Italy, the UK and Switzerland are working on this, and successful tests took place at Stuttgart airport earlier this year. €5.6 million of EU funding is invested in the system which will be available in the coming years.  More...

Learn to code: Summer coding camps across the country

07/31/2014

Learn to code: Summer coding camps across the country

Julie Cullen, a teacher in St Oliver's Community College in Drogheda, and the Irish Ambassador for EU Code Week, is urging young people to get out and learn how to write computer code this summer. There are a variety of activities taking place this across the country.  More...

June 2014- Euro area unemployment rate at 11.5%

07/31/2014

June 2014- Euro area unemployment rate at 11.5%

According to figures released today by Eurostat, Ireland experienced one of the largest decreases in unemployment rates in the EU, from 13.6% to 11.8% between June 2013 and June 2014, just behind Portugal (16.6% to 14.1%) and Hungary (10.4% to 8.1%).  More...

EU scales up funding in response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa

07/30/2014

EU scales up funding in response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa

The European Commission is allocating an additional €2 million to respond to the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded. This brings the Commission's aid to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to €3.9 million.  More...

€3.7million EU funding for Ireland's transport network

07/30/2014

€3.7million EU funding for Ireland's transport network

Ireland is set to benefit to the tune of €3.7 million in EU funding for its transport networks. This funding is part of an overall investment of over €320 million covering 106 transport projects across the EU.  More...

Migrant integration in the labour market in 2013

07/30/2014

Migrant integration in the labour market in 2013

Figures released by Eurostat today reveal the rates of employment for nationals, other EU residents, and non-EU residents of the 28 EU member states. Employment rates for citizens of other EU countries (68.6%) in Ireland are slightly higher than for Irish citizens (65.8%), according to 2013 figures, while non-EU residents in Ireland have an employment rate of 54.4%.  More...

07/29/2014

State aid: Commission approves transfer of last tranches under Irish asset relief scheme NAMA

The European Commission has authorised, under EU state aid rules, the transfer of the last tranches of risky financial assets resulting from the Irish real estate bubble (from tranches 3 to 9) to the Irish National Asset Management Agency (NAMA).  More...

Greener airports thanks to EU-funded tech with Irish partners

07/28/2014

Greener airports thanks to EU-funded tech with Irish partners

Every summer millions of Europeans descend upon the continent’s airports on their way to sunshine and adventure. As airport users explode in number, so does the cost and environmental footprint of running an airport. Did you know that as airports get bigger and bigger they each consume as much energy as small cities? Think only about the lighting, heating and air conditioning systems in these huge transport hubs. That is why European researchers have used Commission funding to develop a new software and sensor system to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs by 20% in airports.  More...

94% of Irish happy with quality of life - Eurobarometer survey

07/25/2014

94% of Irish happy with quality of life - Eurobarometer survey

Irish people feel more positive about the economy than this time last year, but are less optimistic than the EU average. Positive sentiment about the Irish economy is at 24%, up 6 percentage points since Autumn 2013.  This is one of the findings of a recent Europe wide survey on European citizens' opinions on the economy, politics and citizenship.  More...

Irish SMEs have the highest success rate at 20% in first wave of grants under EU SME Instrument

07/24/2014

Irish SMEs have the highest success rate at 20% in first wave of grants under EU SME Instrument

The European Commission today announced the first results of its new €3 billion SME Instrument, launched under Horizon 2020 to help innovative small firms get ideas from the lab to the market. 10 Irish SMEs out of a total of 155 SMEs from 21 countries (EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020) will each receive €50,000 to finance feasibility studies to develop their innovation strategy. In addition, SMEs can benefit from up to three days of business coaching.  More...

European Commission & COST sign €300 million research and innovation agreement

07/24/2014

European Commission & COST sign €300 million research and innovation agreement

Today the European Commission signed a new seven year partnership agreement with COST (the inter-governmental organisation for European Cooperation in Science and Technology) worth around €300 million.  More...

European Commission proposes a higher and achievable energy savings target for 2030

07/23/2014

European Commission proposes a higher and achievable energy savings target for 2030

New opportunities for European businesses, affordable energy bills for consumers, increased energy security through a significant reduction of natural gas imports and a positive impact on the environment: these are some of the expected benefits of the energy efficiency target for 2030 put forward today by the European Commission in a Communication. The proposed target of 30 % builds on the achievements already reached: new buildings use half the energy they did in the 1980s and industry is about 19% less energy intensive than in 2001.  More...

Report on agriculture in the EU - 2013 issue published with latest figures

07/22/2014

Report on agriculture in the EU - 2013 issue published with latest figures

There are around 12 million farms in the EU with agriculture representing 5.2% of employment in the EU. These are among the statistics presented in the Agriculture in the European Union: statistical and economic information report published today by the European Commission, an annual publication covering agriculture-related topics in EU Member States and acceding and candidate countries.  More...

Commission announces €100 million Fast Track to Innovation and five innovation prizes

07/22/2014

Commission announces €100 million Fast Track to Innovation and five innovation prizes

The European Commission today presented details of a new €100 million "Fast Track to Innovation" (FTI) pilot action and five innovation prizes under Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation programme. The FTI aims to support Europe's economy by offering innovative businesses and organisations grants to give a final push to get great ideas to market. The prizes offer a reward for technological breakthroughs of high societal relevance.  More...

COSME: the European Commission and the European Investment Fund sign agreement which will boost funding opportunities for SMEs

07/22/2014

COSME: the European Commission and the European Investment Fund sign agreement which will boost funding opportunities for SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe will soon have access to up to €25bn of additional finance, as a result of an agreement signed today between the European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF). The signing ceremony of the agreement will be hosted by the newly-appointed Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, Ferdinando Nelli Feroci.  More...

In-app purchases: Better protection for EU consumers in online games

07/18/2014

In-app purchases: Better protection for EU consumers in online games

Following a large number of complaints in EU countries concerning in-app purchases in online games and in particular inadvertent purchases by children, national authorities joined forces with the European Commission to find solutions.  More...

Ireland ranks well in European single market scoreboard

07/17/2014

Ireland ranks well in European single market scoreboard

The European Commission today released a scoreboard of Member States' performance in implementing the European single market. Since last summer, it has become easier to live, work or do business in another EU country, according to the latest edition of the Single Market Scoreboard.  More...

Study maps EU school food policies for the first time

07/16/2014

Study maps EU school food policies for the first time

As part of the European Commission's efforts to help reduce childhood obesity, the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), has published the first comprehensive report on school food policies in Europe. It shows that European countries acknowledge the important contribution of school food to children's health, development and performance at school.  More...

A new start for Europe - Jean-Claude Juncker's agenda for Jobs, Growth, Fairness and Democratic Change

07/15/2014

A new start for Europe - Jean-Claude Juncker's agenda for Jobs, Growth, Fairness and Democratic Change

Today Jean-Claude Juncker was elected President of the European Commission by a strong majority of 422 votes in the European Parliament plenary session. After being proposed as candidate for Commission President by the European Council on 27 June 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker needed a majority of 376 votes in the European Parliament.  More...

Online gambling: Commission recommends principles to ensure effective protection of consumers

07/15/2014

Online gambling: Commission recommends principles to ensure effective protection of consumers

The European Commission has today adopted a Recommendation on online gambling services. It encourages Member States to pursue a high level of protection for consumers, players and minors through the adoption of principles for online gambling services and for responsible advertising and sponsorship of those services. The aims of the principles are to safeguard health and to minimise the eventual economic harm that may result from compulsive or excessive gambling.  More...

07/10/2014

Commission acts to ensure that European legislation is fully and properly implemented in Ireland

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is taking action against Ireland and other Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law in the areas of Health Policy, Employment and Social Affairs, and Transport. These decisions aim to ensure proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses.  More...

9% Increase in Ireland's international student numbers

07/10/2014

9% Increase in Ireland's international student numbers

Ireland welcomed 6,277 students under the Erasmus programme in 2012/2013, an increase of 9% since 2011/2012, while 2,762 Irish students took advantage of the opportunity to study or train abroad during the same period.  More...

Launch of first calls for Public-Private Partnerships under Horizon 2020

07/09/2014

Launch of first calls for Public-Private Partnerships under Horizon 2020

Research partnerships between the EU, the private sector and Member States today presented their first calls for projects and partners under Horizon 2020, the EU's €80 billion research and innovation programme. Worth a total of €1.13 billion in public funding, which will be complemented by a comparable amount from the private partners, the first round of funding will go into projects that will improve people's lives as well as boost international competitiveness of Europe's industry.  More...

€23 million EU funding for ESB wave power project

07/08/2014

€23 million EU funding for ESB wave power project

ESB WestWave, an Irish project developing Ireland's wave energy potential, has been awarded €23 million by the European Commission. The European Commission today awarded €1 billion funding to 19 projects in 12 EU Member States to fight climate change under the NER 300 funding programme. The NER300 is funded from the sale of emission allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System. ESB WestWave is the only Irish project to receive funding under this scheme.  More...

Short-term EU agricultural outlook: very good cereal harvest and increased meat and milk production expected

07/07/2014

Short-term EU agricultural outlook: very good cereal harvest and increased meat and milk production expected

Prospects for 2014 indicate an above average EU cereal harvest for the second year in a row (and a record level of cereal exports for marketing year 2013/14), according to the Commission's Summer 2014 Short-Term Agricultural Outlook published today.  More...

Have your say on the future of science: public consultation on Science 2.0

07/03/2014

Have your say on the future of science: public consultation on Science 2.0

The European Commission has today launched a public consultation on ‘Science 2.0’, in order to gauge the trend towards a more open, data-driven and people-focused way of doing research and innovation. Researchers are using digital tools to get thousands of people participating in research, for example by asking them to report if they catch flu in order to monitor outbreaks and predict possible epidemics.  More...

EU calls for increased recycling rates

07/02/2014

EU calls for increased recycling rates

Eurostat, the European statistics office estimates that 570kgs of municipal waste* is generated per person in Ireland each year, and of this 570kgs, 45% is recycled and composted, 39% is landfilled and 16% is incinerated. While the amount of municipal waste generated in Ireland is above the EU average of 490kgs per person, Irish rates of recycling and composting are above the EU average of 42%.  More...

Environment: 88 per cent of Irish people say the country is generating too much waste

07/01/2014

Environment: 88 per cent of Irish people say the country is generating too much waste

According to a new survey, most European citizens think their own country is generating too much waste. The survey on the "Attitudes of Europeans towards Waste Management and Resource Efficiency" indicates that 96 % of respondents say it is important for them that Europe uses its resources more efficiently: 68 % say this is very important for them, and just 3 % of respondents say this issue is not important.  More...

New smartphone app provides information on EU road traffic rules

06/25/2014

New smartphone app provides information on EU road traffic rules

What is the speed limit on Spanish motorways? Do I need to wear a helmet when I cycle in Sweden? What safety equipment must I always have in the car when driving in Slovakia? From now on, holiday makers do not need to spend a lot of time searching for this information. They can have it at hand wherever they are with the European Commission's new smartphone app "Going Abroad".  More...

Huge cuts in mobile data roaming price caps from 1 July – a drop of over 50% from last summer!

06/24/2014

Huge cuts in mobile data roaming price caps from 1 July – a drop of over 50% from last summer!

It's a big summer sale courtesy of the European Commission! From 1 July 2014, the EU will cut the price caps for data downloads by more than half: down from 45 cents per megabyte to 20c/MB. It will become even cheaper to use maps, watch videos, check mails and update social networks while travelling across the EU.  More...




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