The first results of the Autumn 2018 Eurobarometer survey shows that Irish people continue to be the most likely to have a positive image of the EU at 64% (unchanged since the last two surveys in spring 2018 and autumn 2017). Across the EU, the share of respondents who have a positive image has risen in 17 member states since the spring 2018 survey, including the UK where it is up 9 percentage points to 43%. This is the same as the EU average, which is up 3 points since the spring.
Meanwhile the share of Irish people (8%) with a negative image of the EU is the second lowest in the EU after Lithuania at 6%. The EU average is 20%.
The EU Commission is providing funding to 9 innovative Irish SMES to help bring their innovations to the market faster.
Three of the Irish SMEs are receiving funding under the SME Instrument Phase 1 while one is receiving funding under the SME Instrument Phase 2. The remaining 5 Irish SMEs are receiving funding under the Fast Track to Innovation strands of the European Innovation Council. Ireland is the 6th most successful country under this particular round of Fast Track to Innovation funding with five Irish participants out of a total of 60.