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Finalising the Banking Union: European Parliament backs Commission's proposals

04/15/2014

Finalising the Banking Union: European Parliament backs Commission's proposals

Three measures to ensure that banks shoulder the risks of failure rather than relying on taxpayers to bail them out have been approved by the European Parliament. Two deal with restructuring and winding down troubled banks, and the third ensures that banks, not taxpayers, guarantee deposits under €100,000 in the event of a run on a bank. These measures complement the single bank supervision system, already in place, and take the EU far down the road towards banking union.  More...

Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn welcomes EP adoption of €22 billion Innovation Investment Package

04/15/2014

Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn welcomes EP adoption of €22 billion Innovation Investment Package

European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has welcomed today's adoption by the European Parliament of a package of public-private and public-public research partnerships worth up to €22 billion. The Innovation Investment Package (IIP) and the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) joint undertaking now go to Council for final approval.  More...

46% of Irish travel websites compliant with Consumer Rights – EU Average 62% compliance

04/14/2014

46% of Irish travel websites compliant with Consumer Rights – EU Average 62% compliance

26 Irish websites offering air travel and accommodation or both, were checked for compliance with Consumer Rights in June 2013. 21 websites were found to have irregularities while 5 were found to be compliant. As a result of concerted action by national consumer authorities, including the National Consumer Agency, co-ordinated by the European Commission, 12 of the websites are now compliant and 14 require further action.  More...

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Commission launches new user-friendly search tool for banned airlines

04/10/2014

Commission launches new user-friendly search tool for banned airlines

The European Commission has launched an online tool to search the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union, better known as "the EU Air Safety List". With the new tool, finding information is easier, faster and more effective.  More...

Undeclared work: Commission proposes new Platform to improve prevention and deterrence

04/09/2014

Undeclared work: Commission proposes new Platform to improve prevention and deterrence

The European Commission has proposed today the creation of a European Platform to improve cooperation at EU level in order to prevent and deter undeclared work more effectively. The Platform would bring together various national enforcement bodies involved in the fight against undeclared work, a phenomenon that causes serious damage to working conditions, fair competition and public budgets.  More...

European Commission proposes to strengthen shareholder engagement and introduce a "say on pay" for Europe’s largest companies

04/09/2014

European Commission proposes to strengthen shareholder engagement and introduce a "say on pay" for Europe’s largest companies

The European Commission has today adopted measures to improve the corporate governance of around 10 000 companies listed on Europe’s stock exchanges. This would contribute to the competitiveness and long-term sustainability of these companies. Other proposals would also provide cost-efficient company law solutions for SMEs which operate across borders. The package of measures implements key actions identified in the Communication on the long-term financing of the European economy of 27 March.  More...

EU challenges Russia in the WTO over pork import ban

04/08/2014

EU challenges Russia in the WTO over pork import ban

The EU today launched a case in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against the Russian ban on imports of pigs, fresh pork and certain pig products from the EU. Russia closed its market to the EU – cutting off almost 25% of all EU exports – at the end of January 2014.   It based its decision on four isolated cases of African swine fever (ASF) detected in wild boar at the Lithuanian and Polish borders with Belarus.  More...

European Commission calls for tough standards to regulate civil drones

04/08/2014

European Commission calls for tough standards to regulate civil drones

The European Commission has today proposed to set tough new standards to regulate the operations of civil drones (or "remotely piloted aircraft sytems" – RPAS). The new standards will cover safety, security, privacy, data protection, insurance and liability.  More...

Irish students receive awards in Brussels as Europe's top young translators

04/08/2014

Irish students receive awards in Brussels as Europe's top young translators

Irish students Aileen Ní Ghloinn and Eireamhan Semple are in Brussels today to receive awards for their winning entries to the Juvenes Translatores contest.  More...

Conference to discuss latest insight into honeybee health in Europe

04/07/2014

Conference to discuss latest insight into honeybee health in Europe

A high-level conference on better bee health is today discussing latest insight into honeybee health in Europe.  More...

Roma integration: Commission report assesses progress

04/04/2014

Roma integration: Commission report assesses progress

EU action has put Roma integration firmly on the political agenda across Europe. The first signs of improvement in the lives of Roma are slowly starting to show, says a new report unveiled today as local, national and EU politicians gathered with representatives of civil society to discuss advances on Roma integration at the third EU-level Roma Summit .  More...

Copernicus satellite lifts off successfully

04/04/2014

Copernicus satellite lifts off successfully

Yesterday's successful launch marks a major milestone for EU’s Earth observation programme Copernicus. Sentinel 1A, the first satellite dedicated to the programme, was put into orbit after a successful launch just after 10 pm (Irish time) last night from Europe’s spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana.  More...

Earth observation: Follow the launch of the Copernicus satellite live!

04/03/2014

Earth observation: Follow the launch of the Copernicus satellite live!

Sentinel 1A, the first satellite dedicated to Copernicus, will be launched today (Thursday 3 April) from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Lift off is scheduled for 10.02 p.m. Irish time.  More...

European Parliament votes to end roaming charges, expand consumer rights and make it easier to create better telecoms.

04/03/2014

European Parliament votes to end roaming charges, expand consumer rights and make it easier to create better telecoms.

Today the European Parliament voted to end roaming charges by Christmas 2015, as part of a wider vote in support the Commission’s proposed regulation for a “Connected Continent” (telecoms single market)*.  More...

President Barroso announces 7 Commissioners are to stand in European Parliament elections

04/02/2014

President Barroso announces 7 Commissioners are to stand in European Parliament elections

Today President Barroso announced that 7 Commissioners will be standing for election and that 6 will be taking electoral leave from their duties in order to participate actively in the election campaign.  More...

Switch on sunlight for a brighter future

04/01/2014

Switch on sunlight for a brighter future

Imagine sitting in a windowless room yet having the feeling of the sun shining on your face. This unique experience is now possible thanks to the COELUX EU-funded project which recreates the physical and optical effects of natural light indoors by simulating the diffusion and transmission of sunlight through the atmosphere. This phenomenon has been proven to have a positive impact on comfort and wellbeing experienced in indoor and underground environments.  More...

Road fatality rates vary greatly across the EU - Irish rates increasing

03/31/2014

Road fatality rates vary greatly across the EU - Irish rates increasing

Road fatalities in Ireland increased by 19% between 2012 and 2013, compared to an average EU decline of 8%. Despite the recent increase, there has been an overall decrease in road related deaths in Ireland from 107 per million inhabitants in 2001, to 42 per million inhabitants in 2013. There was a 13% decrease in Irish road fatalities in 2011/2012.  More...

Innovative Irish project finalist at RegioStars Awards 2014

03/31/2014

Innovative Irish project finalist at RegioStars Awards 2014

A team of scientists from UCD are in Brussels today where they are finalists in the EU Regio Stars Awards for 2014. Dr. Ravi Thampi is heading up the EU Interreg-funded ARBOR project for UCD. He says its objective is to create technology that will burn fossil fuels in a carbon neutral way. By promoting a healthy bio-economy and green growth across Europe, ARBOR intends to stimulate job creation in the biomass industry and correct regional disparities in its production. The "ARBOR" project is a finalist in the second category on "Sustainable growth: Green growth and jobs through Bio-economy"  More...

03/28/2014

Taxation: Commission asks Ireland to stop discriminatory taxation of termination payments

The European Commission has officially asked Ireland to amend its legislation on termination payments, as it discriminates against individuals who work in group companies in other Member States.  More...

Commission roadmap to meet the long-term financing needs of the European economy

03/27/2014

Commission roadmap to meet the long-term financing needs of the European economy

The European Commission has today adopted a package of measures to stimulate new and different ways of unlocking long-term financing and support Europe's return to sustainable economic growth. Significant long-term investment will be needed under the Europe 2020 strategy and the 2030 climate and energy package, in infrastructure, new technologies and innovation, R&D and human capital.  More...

Donegal woman in Brussels to debate Future of Europe

03/27/2014

Donegal woman in Brussels to debate Future of Europe

Stranorlar woman, Angela Holohan is in Brussels today, 27 March, to take part in a European debate. President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso will lead a Citizens' Dialogue in the afternoon whilst 10 other Commissioners and Members of the European Parliament will debate with citizens in parallel events held throughout the day.  More...

New EU survey shows Irish less likely to buy undeclared goods and services

03/25/2014

New EU survey shows Irish less likely to buy undeclared goods and services

A new Eurobarometer report on Undeclared Work in the EU reveals that only 10% of Irish respondents say that they have purchased undeclared goods or services in the past year, a little below the EU average of 11%. Greece was in top place at 30% followed by The Netherlands at 29% and Poland was at the bottom at 5%.  More...

Organics: Commission proposal for more and better

03/25/2014

Organics: Commission proposal for more and better

The European Commission has published new proposals for a new Regulation on organic production and the labelling of organic products. Consumer and producer concerns are at the heart of this new proposal, which seeks to address shortcomings of the current system. The EU organic market has quadrupled in size over the last 10 years and rules need to be updated and adjusted so that the sector can further develop and respond to future challenges.  More...

More dangerous consumer products removed from market in 2013

03/25/2014

More dangerous consumer products removed from market in 2013

An EU report out today reveals that 2,364 unsafe products were banned, withdrawn from the market or recalled in 2013 showing that the EU RAPID alert system, RAPEX, is working well. The figures show a 3.8% rise in alerts last year compared to 2012. Clothing, textiles and toys topped the list of offenders, making up half of all unsafe products reported to the EU’s rapid alert system for dangerous non-food consumer products – RAPEX.  More...

400% difference in broadband prices in EU

03/25/2014

400% difference in broadband prices in EU

Europe’s 400 million Internet users face a geographic lottery regarding the price, speed, and range of choice of broadband – according to EU data released today. Four studies published today show there is virtually no pattern or coherence in broadband markets across the EU.  More...

Eurobarometer on sport reveals high levels of inactivity in the EU

03/24/2014

Eurobarometer on sport reveals high levels of inactivity in the EU

According to the results of the latest Eurobarometer survey on sport and physical activity, 59% of European Union citizens never or seldom exercise or play sport, while 41% do so at least once a week.  More...

President Barroso welcomes agreement on Ukraine and presents the climate and energy priorities for Europe

03/21/2014

President Barroso welcomes agreement on Ukraine and presents the climate and energy priorities for Europe

President Barroso welcomed the decisions made regarding the EU's support to Ukraine and the consequences of the annexation of the Crimea region by Russia following the first day of this week's European Council.  More...

Commission welcomes historic deal on Single Resolution Mechanism for banks

03/20/2014

Commission welcomes historic deal on Single Resolution Mechanism for banks

The European Parliament and the Council have today (Thursday) reached agreement on the proposed Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM) for the Banking Union. The Single Resolution Mechanism will ensure potential future bank failures are managed efficiently, with minimal costs to taxpayers and the real economy.  More...

Commission says yes to first successful European Citizens' Initiative

03/19/2014

Commission says yes to first successful European Citizens' Initiative

The Commission today decided to react positively to the first ever successful European Citizens' Initiative (ECI), in those areas where it is able to act. Organisers of the Right2Water ECI called on the Commission to ensure that all EU citizens enjoy the right to water and sanitation, to exclude water supply and management of water resources from internal market rules and liberalisation, and to increase its efforts to achieve universal access to water and sanitation around the world.  More...

EU/Ukraine: Commission proposes a further €1 billion in macro-financial assistance

03/19/2014

EU/Ukraine: Commission proposes a further €1 billion in macro-financial assistance

The European Commission has proposed new macro-financial assistance (MFA) to Ukraine of up to €1 billion in medium-term loans. The new MFA programme, expected to be approved by the EU's Council of Ministers in the coming weeks, is part of the package of support to Ukraine announced by the European Commission on 5 March and endorsed by the European Council on 6 March.  More...

EU issues €2.6 billion 10-year bond for Ireland and Portugal

03/18/2014

EU issues €2.6 billion 10-year bond for Ireland and Portugal

The European Union today issued a €2.6 bn 10 year benchmark bond. This will be lent onwards to Ireland (€0.8 bn), and to Portugal (€1.8 bn), as part of their financial assistance programmes. This was done by the European Commission on behalf of the EU under the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism (EFSM).  More...

The 2014 EU Justice Scoreboard-Ireland’s perceived judicial independence 2nd highest in EU

03/17/2014

The 2014 EU Justice Scoreboard-Ireland’s perceived judicial independence 2nd highest in EU

The EU Justice Scoreboard is an information tool that contributes to the European Semester process by providing objective data on the quality, independence and efficiency of justice systems in all Member States. The aim of the EU Justice Scoreboard is to assist EU Member States, as part of an open dialogue, in improving the functioning of their justice systems.  More...

EU-US trade negotiators explore ways to help SMEs take advantage of TTIP, as fourth round of talks ends in Brussels

03/14/2014

EU-US trade negotiators explore ways to help SMEs take advantage of TTIP, as fourth round of talks ends in Brussels

The EU’s Chief Negotiator of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Ignacio Garcia Bercero, today confirmed that he and his US counterpart, Dan Mullaney, were committed to exploring how make it easier for smaller firms to take advantage of the gains from the TTIP. His comments came as EU and US officials ended a fourth round of week-long negotiations on an EU-US trade and investment agreement.  More...

Latest Eurobarometer on Irish perceptions of the EU

03/11/2014

Latest Eurobarometer on Irish perceptions of the EU

Carried out in November 2013 as the country was due to exit the bailout, Eurobarometer 80 assesses Irish public opinion towards the economy and the EU, as the country becomes the first member state to exit the financial supervision programme since the crisis began.  More...

EU support to Ukraine – trade measures

03/11/2014

EU support to Ukraine – trade measures

The European Commission has adopted today a proposal for temporarily removing customs duties on Ukrainian exports to the EU. This is one of the measures foreseen in the package of support to Ukraine presented by the European Commission last Wednesday.  More...

European Commission presents a framework to safeguard the rule of law in the European Union

03/11/2014

European Commission presents a framework to safeguard the rule of law in the European Union

Today the European Commission adopted a new framework for addressing systemic threats to the rule of law in any of the EU's 28 Member States. The new rule of law framework will be complementary to infringement procedures - when EU law has been breached – and to the so-called 'Article 7 procedure' of the Lisbon Treaty which, at its most severe, allows for the suspension of voting rights in case of a "serious and persistent breach" of EU values by a Member State.  More...

Eurobarometer survey finds broad support among Europeans for new CAP content

03/10/2014

Eurobarometer survey finds broad support among Europeans for new CAP content

Three-quarters of Irish people believe the common agricultural policy (CAP) benefits all EU citizens, and over 90 % think that agriculture is a very important subject for our future. 91% of respondents believe that it is necessary to be able to identify the place of origin of milk, either sold as it is or as an ingredient in dairy products. These are some of the findings of a Eurobarometer survey on the CAP published today by the Commission.  More...

Irish women most highly educated in EU

03/07/2014

Irish women most highly educated in EU

57.9% of young women (30-34) in Ireland have a third level education, compared to 44% of men (30-34), according to figures released today by Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU.  More...

Making museums a mobile, personalised and interactive experience

03/06/2014

Making museums a mobile, personalised and interactive experience

Visitors to museums across Europe may soon be able to shape their own cultural experience before even leaving home or getting on a plane thanks to an innovation which uses mobile, augmented reality and geo-localisation technologies to turn an ordinary museum visit into a personal, interactive storytelling experience.  More...

Where are the women in tech? Only 19% of ICT managers female

03/06/2014

Where are the women in tech? Only 19% of ICT managers female

Europe's digital economy and app sector are booming, but where are the women?.  More...

New Student Journalism competition announced

03/05/2014

New Student Journalism competition announced

The European Commission in coordination with the Student Marketing Network and the Irish Times is holding a journalism competition, entitled “The European Union - what it means to me”.  More...

President Barroso receives Honorary Doctorate from UCC

03/05/2014

President Barroso receives Honorary Doctorate from UCC

The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, travelled to University College Cork on Wednesday 5 March 2014, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate.  More...

Commission agrees package of support measures for Ukraine

03/05/2014

Commission agrees package of support measures for Ukraine

The European Commission agreed today a package of support identifying a number of concrete measures to assist economically and financially Ukraine. These measures should be seen as the Commission's contribution to a European and international effort to support Ukraine's economic and political reforms, and will be presented to the EU Heads of State and Government ahead of their extraordinary meeting on Thursday 6 March.  More...

Commission concludes in-depth reviews to identify macroeconomic imbalances and assesses progress in fiscal consolidation

03/05/2014

Commission concludes in-depth reviews to identify macroeconomic imbalances and assesses progress in fiscal consolidation

The European Commission has today published its conclusions emerging from the in-depth reviews (IDRs) carried out into 17 Member States' economies[1]. In the same document, the Commission assessed progress in the correction of fiscal deficits in the Member States concerned, updating its opinions on Draft Budgetary Plans from last year.  More...

Kilkenny students win fracking debate at EU Model Council

03/04/2014

Kilkenny students win fracking debate at EU Model Council

Kilkenny students Amy McGourty, Eimear Conroy, and Sarah Lanigan all in Loreto Secondary School Kilkenny have taken the top prize in this year's Model Council of the European Union. Fracking was the subject of this year's Model Council and the team represented Poland and debated their standpoint on the issue against 29 other school groups from across the country.  More...

Ireland scores above average on EU Innovation Union Scoreboard 2014

03/04/2014

Ireland scores above average on EU Innovation Union Scoreboard 2014

In the EU's Innovation Union Scoreboard 2014 published today, Ireland ranks as an "Innovation Follower" at 110% of the EU average. Countries such as Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France and the UK join Ireland in the "Innovation Follower" group. The EU "Innovation Leaders" are Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Finland, while Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania and Poland are ranked as the least innovative in the "Modest Innovators" group.  More...

Eurobarometer on climate action for a job-rich economic recovery

03/03/2014

Eurobarometer on climate action for a job-rich economic recovery

82% of Irish respondents, and four out of five Europeans, recognise that fighting climate change and using energy more efficiently can boost the economy and employment, according to a special Eurobarometer opinion poll on climate change published today.  More...




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