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Agreement on EU Investment funds for Irish primary health care centres

05/25/2016

Agreement on EU Investment funds for Irish primary health care centres

14 new Primary Care Centres are to be built across Ireland following agreement of a new EUR 70.0 million 25 year loan from the European Investment Bank.  More...

EU Commission wants update of rules for audiovisual platforms

05/25/2016

EU Commission wants update of rules for audiovisual platforms

The European Commission today proposed an update of EU audiovisual rules to create a fairer environment for all players, promote European films, protect children and tackle hate speech better.  More...

EU Commissioner moves to ban geo-blocking online

05/25/2016

EU Commissioner moves to ban geo-blocking online

The Commission has today presented an important package of proposals to stop geo-blocking (e.g. where a consumer in Ireland is charged more to hire a car online from a Spanish website than a consumer in Spain), to level the playing field for cross-border parcel delivery (e.g. where you are charged more for a parcel going from Germany to Ireland than from Ireland to Germany) and to boost consumer protection.  More...

Ireland tops EU's e-commerce league

05/24/2016

Ireland tops EU's e-commerce league

Ireland is now top of the European Union e-commerce league.  More...

New EU rules on tobacco take effect

05/20/2016

New EU rules on tobacco take effect

With 700,000 premature deaths every year in the EU due to smoking, the European Commission has just announced the key changes to tobacco legislation taking effect today. These rules cover tobacco products sold anywhere in the EU.  More...

The "European Semester": Commission moves Ireland out of EDP and gives Country Specific Recommendations

05/18/2016

The "European Semester": Commission moves Ireland out of EDP and gives Country Specific Recommendations

The European Commission has just taken Ireland out of the so-called Excessive Deficit Procedure in a move which underlines its strong growth and progress in debt reduction. However, the Commission underlines the need for Ireland to prioritise public expenditure very carefully and to remain prudent.  More...

EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete in Dublin today

05/13/2016

EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete in Dublin today

In Dublin today, European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Change Miguel Arias Cañete met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed TD and Minister for Climate Change Denis Naughten TD.  More...

Europe Day in Dublin - Calls for more EU solidarity

05/10/2016

Europe Day in Dublin - Calls for more EU solidarity

Speaking in Dublin today, Catherine Day, Secretary-General of the European Commission 2005 to 2015 (and currently pro bono Special Adviser to Jean-Claude Juncker) said:" We need to do more to build real EU solidarity.  It has been sorely tested during first the economic crisis and now the migration crisis – but it is also important for all the other challenges facing the EU today."  More...

Spring 2016 Economic Forecast: Staying the course amid high risks

05/03/2016

Spring 2016 Economic Forecast: Staying the course amid high risks

Ireland is once again predicted to have highest growth in EU with GDP expected to rise by 4.9% in 2016 and 3.7% in 2017. Unemployment and Ireland's public debt are forecast to continue falling.  More...

Commission calls for Ireland to step up nature protection measures

04/28/2016

Commission calls for Ireland to step up nature protection measures

The European Commission requests Ireland to protect habitats and species by introducing an appropriate level of protection for areas designated under the Natura 2000 network.  More...

Two innovative Irish SMEs win EU funds

04/21/2016

Two innovative Irish SMEs win EU funds

Two Irish SMEs have been selected for funding in the latest funding round from the EU's Research fund, Horizon 2020.  More...

EU Commission anti-trust and Google Android OS

04/20/2016

EU Commission anti-trust and Google Android OS

The European Commission has informed Google of its preliminary view that the company has, in breach of EU antitrust rules, abused its dominant position by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators.  More...

EU funds for refugees in Greece and Turkey

04/19/2016

EU funds for refugees in Greece and Turkey

The European Commission today announced €83 million to improve conditions for refugees in Greece. At the same time, the Commission also announced an extra €110 million to support migrants and refugees in Turkey.  More...

EU and big data - new 'Cloud' initiative

04/19/2016

EU and big data - new 'Cloud' initiative

The European Commission today presented its blueprint for cloud-based services and a world-class data infrastructure.  More...

Glanbia, Bord Bia to China, Japan with Commissioner Phil Hogan

04/15/2016

Glanbia, Bord Bia to China, Japan with Commissioner Phil Hogan

Glanbia and Bord Bia are part of a 44-strong business delegation going to China with the EU's Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner, Phil Hogan, from 16 to 20 April.  More...

UCC’s Claire Fox -Winner of European Commission Smedia Award 2016

04/12/2016

UCC’s Claire Fox -Winner of European Commission Smedia Award 2016

Congratulations to Claire Fox, the winner of the European Commission Smedia award at the National Student Media Awards held in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin (Thursday 7th April).  More...

European Commission proposes public tax transparency rules for multinationals

04/12/2016

European Commission proposes public tax transparency rules for multinationals

The European Commission said today that it is pushing for much greater corporate tax transparency by introducing public reporting requirements for the largest companies operating in the EU.  More...

EU Funds for Food Dudes

04/08/2016

EU Funds for Food Dudes

Ireland is to receive €1,309,313 in the latest funding round from the EU's school Fruit and Vegetables Scheme. In Ireland, this money goes to support the very successful Food Dudes scheme which is rolled out across Irish primary schools and aims to get young children to try new fruits and vegetables.  More...

Little Museum of Dublin wins EU Prize for Cultural Heritage 'Europa Nostra" Award'

04/07/2016

Little Museum of Dublin wins EU Prize for Cultural Heritage 'Europa Nostra" Award'

The Little Museum of Dublin has won a prestigious EU prize for Cultural Heritage, the Europa Nostra, Europe's highest honour in the heritage field. With cultural projects from 16 European countries, the Museum will now be part of a Europe-wide online competition for a Public Choice award.  More...

EU Commission VAT Reform Plan

04/07/2016

EU Commission VAT Reform Plan

The European Commission has presented an Action Plan setting out ways to reboot the current EU VAT system to make it simpler, more fraud-proof and business-friendly.  More...

EU's Dublin Regulation revisited

04/06/2016

EU's Dublin Regulation revisited

As pressure continues on the EU's migration and asylum system, the European Commission today put forward various options for the reform of the "Dublin Regulation".  More...

EU Commission: EU-Turkey Agreement starts today

04/04/2016

EU Commission: EU-Turkey Agreement starts today

Today, 4th April was set down as the start of implementation of the EU-Turkey Agreement and operations to do so have started.  More...

Statement by Commissioner Phil Hogan following the Brussels bombings

03/23/2016

Statement by Commissioner Phil Hogan following the Brussels bombings

Yesterday was a very difficult day for the people of Brussels, including the large Irish community living in the city.  First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.  To those who died, I offer my sympathy and to those who were injured, I offer my best wishes.  More...

Message from the President of the European Commission following the attacks in Brussels

03/22/2016

Message from the President of the European Commission following the attacks in Brussels

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the people of Brussels, to the many wounded, to the families and loved ones of those cruelly hit by the explosions this morning at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek Metro Station. I would also like to express my full support for and solidarity with the Belgian authorities.  More...

Six principles for EU-Turkey cooperation on migrant crisis

03/16/2016

Six principles for EU-Turkey cooperation on migrant crisis

Last week, EU leaders agreed some ground rules for cooperation with Turkey in tackling the refugee and migration crisis. This week's European Council of Heads of State and Government (on Thursday and Friday) will give the final decision on what comes next.  More...

Refugee Crisis - Member States urgently need to deliver says EU Commission

03/16/2016

Refugee Crisis - Member States urgently need to deliver says EU Commission

The European Commission said today that Member States urgently need to deliver on their promises to take asylum-seekers fleeing conflict on Europe's borders.  More...

Statement by Commissioner Hogan on the death of former European Commission Vice President Richard Burke

03/16/2016

Statement by Commissioner Hogan on the death of former European Commission Vice President Richard Burke

European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan, has led the tributes to former European Commission Vice President Richard Burke, who passed away yesterday, at the age of 83.  More...

EU Commission activates exceptional support to farmers

03/14/2016

EU Commission activates exceptional support to farmers

The European Commission today announced that it would activate exceptional measures to support farmers in crisis.  More...

EU Commission wants to simplify fisheries rules

03/14/2016

EU Commission wants to simplify fisheries rules

The European Commission wants to simplify how fisheries conservation works on the ground.  More...

Irishwoman wins EU Woman Innovators Prize

03/11/2016

Irishwoman wins EU Woman Innovators Prize

The three winners of the 2016 EU Prize for Women Innovators have been announced.  More...

Decline in trust - latest Eurobarometer for Ireland

03/10/2016

Decline in trust - latest Eurobarometer for Ireland

The latest Standard Eurobarometer results for Ireland have just been published. Eurobarometer looks at public attitudes in each Member State regarding the EU, the economy, and political matters, among other things. You can find it on the Representation's website.  More...

Speech by Commissioner Phil Hogan at Launch of Glanbia "Milkflex" Fund

03/09/2016

Speech by Commissioner Phil Hogan at Launch of Glanbia "Milkflex" Fund

EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan spoke this morning at the launch of the Glanbia "Milkflex" fund in Dublin.  More...

More kids, more likely to be part-time - unless you're a man

03/07/2016

More kids, more likely to be part-time - unless you're a man

37% of Irish working mothers of two children are on part-time contracts, compared to 9% of Irish dads of two.  More...

Nine out of ten Irish people consider it important to help people in developing countries

03/03/2016

Nine out of ten Irish people consider it important to help people in developing countries

A new EU survey on Citizens' views on development, cooperation and aid shows that 91% of Irish people consider it important to help people in developing countries, with 58% considering it very important, 4th highest in the EU.  More...

Dublin and Clare schools top performers at 9th EU Model Council today

03/01/2016

Dublin and Clare schools top performers at 9th EU Model Council today

Students from St Joseph's of Cluny, Killiney, Co Dublin, have won the 9th EU Model Council. St Joseph's played the role of Greece. Runners-up were St Flannan's College of Ennis, Co Clare who played the part of the Netherlands. The topic for discussion was the EU's policy on migration and refugees.  More...

European Commission Country Report for Ireland

02/29/2016

European Commission Country Report for Ireland

The European Commission Country Report for Ireland was published on 26 February. This country report is part of the EU's system of economic governance.  More...

EU-US Security Shield - EU Commission publishes draft legal texts

02/29/2016

EU-US Security Shield - EU Commission publishes draft legal texts

The European Commission today issued the legal texts that will put in place the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and a Communication summarising the actions taken over the last years to restore trust in transatlantic data flows since the 2013 surveillance revelations.  More...

02/25/2016

Top EU Official at RIA gold medals Dublin - Open Science

The European Commission's Director-General for Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits said in Dublin tonight (23/2/16): "The next great challenge is to make this the 'Open Century', when Open Science and Open Innovation provide answers to our greatest challenges to progress: hunger, poverty, climate change and ignorance. Open Science, the open sharing of knowledge and data, can be the foundation."  More...

Ireland's Digital Scoreboard  - EU Commission

02/25/2016

Ireland's Digital Scoreboard - EU Commission

Ireland ranks 8th out of the 28 EU Member States in 2015 in the European Commission's "digital scoreboard", up three places since last year.
This puts Ireland in the cluster of medium performance countries, performing slightly above the average.  More...

Model Council 2016

02/22/2016

Model Council 2016

The ninth annual Model Council of the European Union debate for secondary schools will take place on Tuesday 1 March in the Printworks Conference Centre in Dublin Castle. The topic of the debate is migration.  More...

EU funding for four Irish SMEs

02/18/2016

EU funding for four Irish SMEs

Four Irish SMEs are to receive funding under the latest round of the EU Research grants Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2 funding.  More...

Towards Energy Union: The Commission presents sustainable energy security package

02/16/2016

Towards Energy Union: The Commission presents sustainable energy security package

The Commission today presented its energy security package with necessary proposals to equip the EU for global energy transition as well as to be prepared for possible energy supply interruptions.  More...

Aurivo makes inroads in Latin American market

02/12/2016

Aurivo makes inroads in Latin American market

West of Ireland agri-food co-operative Aurivo this week participated in a EU Trade Delegation to explore export possibilities in the growing markets of Colombia and Mexico.  More...

European Research Council grants for TCD researchers

02/12/2016

European Research Council grants for TCD researchers

Two Trinity College Dublin researchers have been awarded over EUR four million by the European Research Council (ERC).  More...

02/12/2016

Stats of the Week (ending 12 February 2016)

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, produces a great deal of statistics every week. See below for information on some of the more interesting recent statistics from an Irish perspective.  More...

EU and migration: state of play

02/10/2016

EU and migration: state of play

The European Commission is urging Member States to live up to the commitments they have made to deal with the refugee crisis.  More...

Safer Internet Day - Irish/EU stats

02/08/2016

Safer Internet Day - Irish/EU stats

Irish internet users are amongst the least likely in Europe to have experienced security problems online. So say Eurostat figures, published to mark Safer Internet Day (tomorrow 9th Feb).  More...

EU Commission Winter Economic Forecasts out now

02/04/2016

EU Commission Winter Economic Forecasts out now

According to the EU's Winter 2016 Economic Forecasts, Ireland's GDP grew by 6.9% in 2015, the highest rise in the EU. Ireland is expected to continue to have the fastest GDP growth rate in 2016 at 4.5%, followed closely by Romania at 4.2%.  More...

Latest papers from "Brexit" discussion

02/02/2016

Latest papers from "Brexit" discussion

European Council President Donald Tusk has written to the Members of the European Council on his proposal for a new settlement for the United Kingdom within the European Union.  More...

EU wants governments to get ready for 5G

02/02/2016

EU wants governments to get ready for 5G

The European Commission wants a specific bandwidth on the radio spectrum assigned to wireless broadband by 30 June 2020 at the latest.  More...

EU Dragon's Den: Four Irish companies selected for special EU funding of €50,000 each.

02/02/2016

EU Dragon's Den: Four Irish companies selected for special EU funding of €50,000 each.

Four Irish companies, three in Dublin and one in Limerick, have been selected for EU research funding to test out their ground-breaking ideas.  More...

Assessment of separate collection schemes in the 28 capitals of the EU

01/29/2016

Assessment of separate collection schemes in the 28 capitals of the EU

Separate waste collection is central to the transition to the circular economy. The European Commission today presented a study assessing the current separate collection schemes in the 28 Member States. Particular emphasis was given to the best performers which included the Slovenian capital Ljublijana and the Estonian capital Tallinn. Dublin was also mentioned as being among the top performers with one of the highest waste capture rates for the combined five fractions (glass, paper, metal and plastic and bio-waste).  More...

Irishman - Face of EU in Washington "EU needs TTIP to shape intensifying globalisation"

09/07/2015

Irishman - Face of EU in Washington "EU needs TTIP to shape intensifying globalisation"

"We cannot put the genie of globalisation back in the bottle", said the EU's man in Washington, David O'Sullivan in Dublin this morning. "...We need the EU and like-minded allies to shape globalisation as it intensifies before our eyes... TTIP (transatlantic trade negotiations) guarantees that kind of partnership with the United States for the future".  More...




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