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03/07/2019

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After 20 years of negotiations, the European Union has concluded a trade deal with the four Mercosur countries – Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. This is the largest trade deal that the EU has ever negotiated, covering 773 million people.

It is a trade deal that offers significant opportunities for Irish businesses, of which nearly 300 are already exporting to Mercosur, but also presents real challenges, particularly to the beef sector in Europe.

As with any trade deal, this one has involved compromises and the EU has had to make some important concessions as part of the overall balance. One of those concessions involves a quota of 99 000 tonnes which can be imported from the Mercosur countries at preferential tariff rates. This amounts to just over 1 per cent of total EU beef consumption.

27/06/2019

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Professor Mark Ferguson with Commissioner Moedas (left to right)
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Eight innovative Irish SMEs (from Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick) are to receive European Innovation Council funding. The announcement was made today by the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas.

The European Innovation Council (EIC) was set up by the European Commission to turn science into new business and accelerate the scale-up of innovative companies. Currently in its pilot phase, the European Innovation Council will become a full-fledged reality from 2021 under the next EU research and innovation programme Horizon Europe with a proposed € 10 billion budget.

Events
Launch of the EU 45 stories exhibition

This exhibition illustrates just some of the ways in which Ireland has benefitted from EU membership over the past four and a half decades. It includes stories from every county and across many sectors, including agriculture, culture, education, business, environment, health and consumer protection.

The exhibition is on a nationwide tour until July 2019, following its successful launch in Leinster House in 2018. 

It will be on display in the Europe Direct Information Centre in...

Date:
  • 01/11/2018 to 31/07/2019
Venue:
Clones, Ballinasloe, Blanchardstown, Sligo, Portlaoise, Nenagh, Waterford and Letterkenny
European Day of Languages logo

The European Commission and Languages Connect invite you to ‘Try a new language’ during Culture Night – Friday, 20 September. 

As part of our annual celebration of the European Day of Languages (26 September), we will provide 20-minute taster classes in the following languages: French, German, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish.

Date:
  • 20/09/2019
Venue:
Europe House, Dublin 2