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Feirmeoir agus a thréad
16/05/2019

A fund of €50 million for Irish beef farmers has been agreed by the European Commission. The Irish government will have the possibility to match this fund, which should bring the total amount of financial support for Irish beef farmers to €100 million.

Speaking this afternoon, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, said that this fund recognises the particular difficulty that Irish beef farmers have experienced during an unprecedented and sustained period of low prices, principally driven by events beyond their control. This fund will support a fragile but very important sector and protect its long-term viability. The European Commission has concluded that the sector is in need of an immediate response.”

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14/05/2019

The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Insurance Ireland to assess whether the conditions of access to its Insurance Link data pooling system may restrict competition, in breach of EU rules.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Insurance is essential for all car drivers in Europe. We are investigating whether companies wishing to offer their services on the Irish motor insurance market may have been unfairly prevented from accessing a data pool managed by Insurance Ireland for its member companies. This could potentially reduce Irish drivers' choice of motor insurance policies at competitive prices."

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 Nenagh Library from 1 to 28 May.

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

The European Commission Representation in Ireland and the European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland are jointly organising a panel discussion to take stock of the 2019 European Parliament elections and assess their implications in Irish and European Politics.

Date:
  • 29/05/2019
Venue:
Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2