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EU Survey: Irish people more likely to use mobile devices for internet access

08/28/2015

EU Survey: Irish people more likely to use mobile devices for internet access

According to a new Eurobarometer survey, Irish people are among the most likely in the EU to use mobile devices to access the Internet, especially laptops (70% compared to EU average of 64%), smartphones (69% compared to EU average of 58%) and tablets (41% compared to EU average of 36%). On the other hand, use of desktop computers to access the Internet has fallen to 40% in Ireland, third lowest in the EU and well below the average of 52%.  More...

Irish company to receive EU funding for project to transform pig waste into biogas

08/28/2015

Irish company to receive EU funding for project to transform pig waste into biogas

An Irish-led project to develop a system to produce biogas from pig manure is one of 16 projects approved today for EU innovation funding. Waterford-based Ashleigh Farms Limited is the lead partner in a project to develop an integrated novel microwave pre-treatment system for the efficient production of biogas from the anaerobic digestion of pig manure.  The other partners are based in France, Romania and the United Kingdom. EU funding of €1.36 million has been awarded to help bring the project to market.  More...

Commission supports European fruit and vegetable producers to face impact of Russian ban

08/07/2015

Commission supports European fruit and vegetable producers to face impact of Russian ban

The European Commission has today formally extended until the end of June 2016 the safety net measures for the European fruit and vegetables sector. First introduced last year in response to the Russian ban on the import of EU agri-food products, today's decision follows Russia's decision to extend its restrictive measures for a further 12 months.  More...

Housing a growing concern for Irish people - Eurobarometer

07/31/2015

Housing a growing concern for Irish people - Eurobarometer

Housing is a growing concern for Irish people, according to the results of the latest Eurobarometer survey released today, which reveal that levels of concern over housing have shot up from 9% in the previous survey (autumn 2014), to 23% in the latest survey. Unemployment is a top concern on a national level, while on a personal level people are concerned about rising prices, inflation and the cost of living.  More...

Study helps to predict dermatitis in infants

07/30/2015

Study helps to predict dermatitis in infants

EU-funded researchers now have a better understanding of why some babies develop atopic eczema early in life. An EU-funded project, involving a number of Irish researchers, has found that mothers predisposed towards developing certain allergic reactions (a condition known as atopy) and high fat mass in newly born babies are key factors that increase the risk of atopic dermatitis in infants.  More...

EU announces budget of €1.67 billion for grants to top researchers in 2016

07/29/2015

EU announces budget of €1.67 billion for grants to top researchers in 2016

The European Commission has adopted the European Research Council (ERC) Work Programme 2016 which foresees €1.67 billion for grants to top researchers from anywhere in the world who are ready to come to, or stay in Europe to pursue their breakthrough ideas.  More...

Commission sends Statement of Objections on cross-border provision of pay-TV services available in UK and Ireland

07/23/2015

Commission sends Statement of Objections on cross-border provision of pay-TV services available in UK and Ireland

The European Commission has today sent a Statement of Objections to Sky UK and six major US film studios: Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros.  More...

Dublin researchers launch a study into dementia

07/23/2015

Dublin researchers launch a study into dementia

Are you or is a family member living with dementia? Dr. Kate Irving in Dublin City University (DCU) and her team are looking for people to take part in an EU-wide study tackling dementia.  They want to speak to people living at home with a diagnosis of dementia (and to their families) to understand their personal experience.  More...

European Aviation: Commission releases Task Force's report on Germanwings incident

07/17/2015

European Aviation: Commission releases Task Force's report on Germanwings incident

Today the Commission is publishing the report it received from a Task Force led by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525. Assembled in May 2015 at the request of EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, the Task Force analysed the preliminary findings of the crash investigation to assess the adequacy of European air safety and security rules.  More...

Commission publishes two important reports on Ireland

07/16/2015

Commission publishes two important reports on Ireland

Today, the Commission publishes two important reports on Ireland. Firstly an overall report on how Ireland's programme worked and secondly a report on the third post programme surveillance mission.  More...

"New Start for Jobs and Growth in Greece": Vice-President Dombrovskis

07/15/2015

"New Start for Jobs and Growth in Greece": Vice-President Dombrovskis

Two days after an agreement paving the way for a new support programme for Greece, the European Commission revealed plans today to help Greece maximise its use of EU funds. As mandated by the Euro Summit on 12/13 July, this will help mobilise more than €35 billion up to 2020 to support the Greek economy, provided that the conditions agreed upon by the Euro Summit will be met.  More...

EU research saving you time at busy airports!

07/15/2015

EU research saving you time at busy airports!

As airports are getting busier and busier, passenger queues are getting longer and longer. Meanwhile European researchers are on the hunt for innovative solutions to make air travel faster and more comfortable.  More...

€4.5 million EU funding for energy projects in Cork and Offaly

07/14/2015

€4.5 million EU funding for energy projects in Cork and Offaly

Two Irish energy projects, in Co. Cork and Co. Offaly, will receive more than €4.5 million to explore the possibility of linking Ireland's energy grid with those of the UK and France, helping to end Ireland's energy isolation. The two EU funded projects are among 20 cross-European energy infrastructure projects to receive EU investment worth a total of €150 million.  More...

EU Commission approves acquisition of Aer Lingus by IAG, subject to conditions

07/14/2015

EU Commission approves acquisition of Aer Lingus by IAG, subject to conditions

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Irish airline Aer Lingus by International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG). IAG is the holding company of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling.  More...

EuroSummit Full Statement

07/13/2015

EuroSummit Full Statement

The Euro Summit stresses the crucial need to rebuild trust with the Greek authorities as a pre-requisite for a possible future agreement on a new ESM programme. In this context, the ownership by the Greek authorities is key, and successful implementation should follow policy commitments.  More...

Commission's record €13.1 billion investment plan for transport approved by Member States

07/10/2015

Commission's record €13.1 billion investment plan for transport approved by Member States

A €13.1 billion investment plan for the European transport sector was approved by EU Member States in Brussels today. The proposed projects, including some in Ireland, under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), were presented by the European Commission to the Member States in June.  More...

Highest EU birth rates in Ireland

07/10/2015

Highest EU birth rates in Ireland

Ireland has the highest birth rates* in the EU (14.4 per 1,000 residents), according to EU population estimates for 2014 released by Eurostat today. The EU average birth rate is 10.1 per 1,000 residents. According to these figures, Ireland now has a population 4.6 million, which is 0.9% of the EU population.  More...

"Expanding the Blue Economy" - Fisheries Commissioner in Cork

07/10/2015

"Expanding the Blue Economy" - Fisheries Commissioner in Cork

EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, is on a visit to Ireland. Following a trip to Galway's Marine Institute yesterday (9 July), today he is in Cork at the "Harnessing our ocean wealth" conference.  More...

Commission seeks the next European Capital of Innovation

07/09/2015

Commission seeks the next European Capital of Innovation

Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, launched today the second edition of the European Capital of Innovation award at the plenary session of the Committee of the Regions.  More...

Highest house price increases in Ireland - Eurostat

07/09/2015

Highest house price increases in Ireland - Eurostat

Annual house prices in Ireland increased by 16.8% in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same quarter of the previous year, the highest in the EU, according to the Eurostat House Price Index, released today. This was despite a drop of 0.9% between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015, and was well above the EU average of 2.5%.  More...

Ireland spends most on unemployment in EU

07/07/2015

Ireland spends most on unemployment in EU

While Irish government spending as a percentage of GDP is one of the lowest in the EU, Ireland spends double the EU average on unemployment, as a percentage of government expenditure. This is according to figures released by Eurostat today.  More...

President Juncker's remarks on Greece to the European Parliament

07/07/2015

President Juncker's remarks on Greece to the European Parliament

Speaking in front of the European Parliament today ahead of the Euro Summit on Greece tonight, President Juncker said that “the ball is most definitely in the court of the Greek government” which now has to explain how it intends to move forward following the outcome of the referendum in Greece. He stressed the readiness of the Commission to play a constructive role and help the process: “The European Commission for its part is ready to do everything to get to an agreement within an acceptable timeframe.”  More...

Statement by the European Commission following the referendum in Greece

07/06/2015

Statement by the European Commission following the referendum in Greece

The European Commission takes note of and respects the result of the referendum in Greece.  More...

Commission invites independent counsel in setting up Scientific Advice Mechanism

07/06/2015

Commission invites independent counsel in setting up Scientific Advice Mechanism

The European Commission today announced that Sir David King (former UK Chief Scientific Advisor), Rianne Letschert (Chair of the Dutch Royal Young Academy of Sciences) and António Vitorino (former European Commissioner) will assist the Commission in selecting members of the High Level Group of the new Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM).  More...

Improved broadband among priorities for €498.2m EU funding programme for Southern and Eastern region

07/03/2015

Improved broadband among priorities for €498.2m EU funding programme for Southern and Eastern region

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin T.D launched the €498.2m EU Regional Development Fund for the Southern and Eastern region of Ireland at Wexford County Hall today. The €498.2 m funding agreement for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for 2014-2020 aims to support the creation of new quality jobs, enterprises and innovations, and to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the region.  More...

State aid: Commission approves prolongation of Irish credit union resolution scheme

07/02/2015

State aid: Commission approves prolongation of Irish credit union resolution scheme

The European Commission has approved the prolongation of an Irish scheme for the orderly winding-up of credit unions until 31 December 2015 under EU state aid rules.  More...

Nigerian citizens top group getting Irish citizenship in 2013

07/01/2015

Nigerian citizens top group getting Irish citizenship in 2013

Nigerian citizens were the largest group to get Irish citizenship in 2013, at 23.9% of all Irish citizenships granted, according to Eurostat figures released today. Indian citizens were the second largest nationality taking Irish citizenship in 2013 at 12.4%, followed by citizens of the Philippines at 10.2%.  More...

New EU logo to help patients avoid online sellers of fake medicines

06/30/2015

New EU logo to help patients avoid online sellers of fake medicines

From 1 July, all online pharmacies or retailers of medicines legally operating in the EU should display a new logo introduced by the Falsified Medicines Directive (2011/62/EU) to protect patients.  More...

Up to €2.5m EU grant for Trinity researcher

06/30/2015

Up to €2.5m EU grant for Trinity researcher

Professor Poul Holm, a Trinity College researcher, has been awarded up to €2.5 million in an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) today to pursue his 5 year project entitled: "North Atlantic Fisheries: An Environmental History, 1400-1700" which aims to understand the changes of the North Atlantic fisheries, fish markets and fishery dependent communities between 1400–1700.  More...

An end to roaming charges and an open internet guaranteed

06/30/2015

An end to roaming charges and an open internet guaranteed

Huge telephone bills ruining your holiday budget, an Internet connection not delivering on its promises: these experiences will be soon old memories. Almost two years after the European Commission put forward its proposal for a telecoms single market, an agreement was found with the European Parliament and the Council.  More...

Transcript of President Jean-Claude Juncker's press conference on Greece

06/29/2015

Transcript of President Jean-Claude Juncker's press conference on Greece

At a press conference on Monday (29 June), European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker explained the proposed package for Greece, rejected by the government, highlighting that it was demanding and comprehensive but fair. He made clear that people should know the truth and that voting "yes" in the forthcoming referendum would be a "yes" to Europe.  More...

Information from the European Commission on the latest draft proposals in the context of negotiations with Greece

06/29/2015

Information from the European Commission on the latest draft proposals in the context of negotiations with Greece

The European Commission issued this statement yesterday evening, in English and Greek, attaching the text of the proposals as they stood at the moment the Greek authorities withdrew from negotiations. The actual list of proposals is at the bottom of the statement.  More...

Statement on behalf of the European Commission by Jonathan Hill on the capital controls

06/29/2015

Statement on behalf of the European Commission by Jonathan Hill on the capital controls

The European Commission takes note of temporary restrictions on the free movement of capital which were announced by the Greek authorities on Sunday evening and have now been published in the official gazette.  More...

EU and China step up cooperation in research and innovation

06/29/2015

EU and China step up cooperation in research and innovation

Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and WAN Gang, Chinese Minister for Science and Technology, agreed today to step up EU-China cooperation in the field of research and innovation at the 2nd EU-China Innovation Co-operation Dialogue, in the margins of the 17th EU-China Summit.  More...

European Commission Secretary-General Catherine Day to retire

06/24/2015

European Commission Secretary-General Catherine Day to retire

Top Irish EU official, Catherine Day is to retire as from 1 September 2015. She has served almost 10 years in the most senior post in the European Commission administration.  More...

Address by EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture

06/23/2015

Address by EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture

In a speech to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture on 23 June, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan gave an update on the latest state of play at EU level on agricultural matters. The Commissioner's speech covered a wide range of issues such as beef and beef markets, milk, origin labelling, fertiliser prices, climate change and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).  More...

Commissioner Phil Hogan addresses First European fi-compass conference on Financial Instruments under the EAFRD

06/23/2015

Commissioner Phil Hogan addresses First European fi-compass conference on Financial Instruments under the EAFRD

In an address to the first European fi-compass conference on Financial Instruments under the EAFRD (European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development) in Dublin on 23 June, Commissioner Hogan spoke about the role and potential impact of Financial Instruments in the agriculture and agri-food sectors.  More...

EU Finance Ministers endorse the agreement of the Regulation for a European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

06/19/2015

EU Finance Ministers endorse the agreement of the Regulation for a European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

On Friday (19 June) at the ECOFIN Council in Luxembourg, EU Finance Ministers endorsed the agreement for a Regulation on the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) which is at the heart of the Commission's €315 billion Investment Plan for Europe.  More...

Ireland most expensive EU country for alcohol

06/19/2015

Ireland most expensive EU country for alcohol

Ireland is the most expensive country in the EU to buy alcohol, according to Eurostat figures released today. Alcohol in Ireland costs 70% more than the EU average price, followed by the UK (65% more than EU average) and Finland (36% more than EU average).  More...

Irish broadband twice EU average price - European Commission report

06/19/2015

Irish broadband twice EU average price - European Commission report

Prices for fixed broadband in Ireland are almost double the EU average, according to the latest Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) released by the European Commission today. Ireland ranks 23 out of 28 EU Member States for fixed broadband value.  More...

Increase in asylum applications in Ireland

06/18/2015

Increase in asylum applications in Ireland

Ireland received 625 first time applications for asylum in the first quarter of 2015, compared to 455 in the fourth quarter of 2014, an increase of almost 40%, according to figures released by Eurostat today. 42% of these asylum applicants were from Pakistan, 7% were from Nigeria, while 6% were from Albania.  More...

EU-funded research project secures new breakthrough in fight against Ebola

06/18/2015

EU-funded research project secures new breakthrough in fight against Ebola

A major contribution to eradicating Ebola has been made by the EU-funded EVIDENT project. The team of scientists has confirmed that the Ebola virus mutations in the recent outbreak have been fewer than feared.  More...

Commission presents Action Plan for Fair and Efficient Corporate Taxation in the EU

06/17/2015

Commission presents Action Plan for Fair and Efficient Corporate Taxation in the EU

Today the Commission presented an Action Plan to fundamentally reform corporate taxation in the EU. It sets out a series of initiatives to tackle tax avoidance, secure sustainable revenues and strengthen the Single Market for businesses, in order to make the corporate tax environment in the EU fairer, more efficient and more growth-friendly.  More...

EU Renewable energy progress report- Ireland meets interim target

06/16/2015

EU Renewable energy progress report- Ireland meets interim target

Renewable energy sources accounted for 7.8% of Ireland's energy consumption in 2013, according to the European Commission progress report on 2020 renewable energy targets, published today.  More...

Commissioner Moedas and ERC celebrate 5000th EU-funded grantee

06/16/2015

Commissioner Moedas and ERC celebrate 5000th EU-funded grantee

Today the 5000th prestigious grant of the European Research Council (ERC) will be awarded at a symbolic signing ceremony at the Solvay library with the participation of Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. The recognition goes to Dr Iva Tolić from the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Croatia, whose research is contributing to the development of new therapies against cancer.  More...

Commissioner Jonathan Hill addresses the Institute of International and European Affairs

06/15/2015

Commissioner Jonathan Hill addresses the Institute of International and European Affairs

In an address to the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) in Dublin today, EU Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, Jonathan Hill said that his goal is: "to foster a financial services industry that supports stronger growth in the wider economy and to ensure that we deal with remaining areas of risk in a way that does not stifle growth."  More...

Horizon 2020 backs new tools to help businesses invest in innovation

06/15/2015

Horizon 2020 backs new tools to help businesses invest in innovation

European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas has today announced the launch of 4 new initiatives that will provide new financing and support for innovative start-ups in cooperation with the European Investment Fund (EIF) and European Investment Bank (EIB).  More...

Horizon 2020 kick-starts Bio-based industries in Europe with €50 million

06/15/2015

Horizon 2020 kick-starts Bio-based industries in Europe with €50 million

The first ten projects of the new Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), a partnership between the EU and industry, will get underway with a total of €50 million from Horizon 2020, the EU's research funding programme, and a further €28 million from the industry. This is thanks to the signature of the grant agreements finalised today (15 June 2015).  More...

EU Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union addresses Dublin Conference on International Banking

06/15/2015

EU Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union addresses Dublin Conference on International Banking

European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, Jonathan Hill, addressed a conference on international banking in Dublin this morning. The conference was organised by the Federation of International Bankers.  More...

Commission opens formal investigation into Amazon's e-book distribution arrangements

06/11/2015

Commission opens formal investigation into Amazon's e-book distribution arrangements

The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into certain business practices by Amazon in the distribution of electronic books ("e-books"). The Commission will in particular investigate certain clauses included in Amazon's contracts with publishers. These clauses require publishers to inform Amazon about more favourable or alternative terms offered to Amazon’s competitors and/or offer Amazon similarterms and conditions than to its competitors, or through other means ensure that Amazon is offered terms at least as good as those for its competitors.  More...

06/10/2015

Public consultation on radio spectrum use shows clear support for EU coordination

Today the European Commission publishes the results of a public consultation on the future use of the Ultra High Frequency band (see the related Lamy report published in September 2014).  More...

One quarter of Irish adults have used cannabis

06/04/2015

One quarter of Irish adults have used cannabis

A quarter of Irish adults (15-64 years) say they have used cannabis, according to a report released today by the EU drugs agency. This is close to the EU average of 23.3%. 18% of Irish 15 and 16 year-olds reported using cannabis in their lifetime.  More...

EU awards innovative Dublin SME €1 million

06/04/2015

EU awards innovative Dublin SME €1 million

The European Commission announced today that a Dublin based SME - Reflective Measurement Systems (RMS) – has been awarded almost €1 million in the latest round of Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2 for their project which tackles the problems of measuring the night visibility (retro reflectivity) of road lines and markers.  More...

Third largest EU unemployment drop in Ireland

06/03/2015

Third largest EU unemployment drop in Ireland

Unemployment fell in Ireland from 11.8% to 9.7% between April 2014 and April 2015, the third largest drop in the EU after Spain (24.9% to 22.7%), and Lithuania (11.1% to 8.9%) during that period according to Eurostat figures released today. Unemployment increased in Belgium (8.4% to 8.5%), Romania (6.8% to 6.9%), Austria (5.5% to 5.7%), France (10.1% to 10.5%), Croatia (17.1% to 17.5%) and Finland (8.5% to 9.4%).  More...

Ireland's retail sector showing strong growth

06/03/2015

Ireland's retail sector showing strong growth

Latest Eurostat figures show retail trade growth bouncing back in Ireland. Year-on-year figures (April 2014 v. April 2015) show an increase of 6.9%, while month-on-month (March 2015 v. April 2015) show an increase of 3.2%. Both of these figures far outstrip the retail growth in most other EU Member States. This means Ireland's retail sector is currently one of the fastest growing in Europe. Only Romania's figures are stronger.  More...

EU researchers offer hope to diabetics - No more injections

06/03/2015

EU researchers offer hope to diabetics - No more injections

No more injections... for diabetics whose bodies don’t produce insulin, transplants of the necessary pancreatic cells can be a solution. However, at the moment, this intervention can only offer temporary relief. A new EU-funded project led by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) with Irish partners Dublin City University (DCU), University College Dublin (UCD) and Boston Scientific is taking the technique another step ahead.  More...




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