The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €2.6 billion of public support for the Irish National Broadband Plan. The scheme will bring high-speed broadband services to consumers and businesses in areas with insufficient connectivity in Ireland.
Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy said: “The National Broadband Plan in Ireland is expected to address the significant digital divide between urban and rural areas in Ireland, enabling Irish consumers and businesses to benefit from the full potential of digital growth. This will help households and businesses in areas of Ireland where private investment is insufficient.”
In its autumn 2019 Economic Forecast, published today, the European Commission has predicted that Ireland’s GDP will grow by 5.6% this year, up from a predicted rise of 4% in its summer 2019 economic forecast, and the highest in the EU for 2019. This compares to a predicted EU average growth rate of 1.4% for this year and for 2020 and 2021.
GDP growth in Ireland is expected to moderate to 3.5% in 2020 and to 3.2% in 2021 on the back of increasing capacity constraints and an expected slowdown in government expenditure.
The European Commission Representation in Ireland, in co-operation with the European Movement Ireland, is organising a Citizens' Dialogue on "Ireland & Europe - Where Are We Headed? A particular focus will be on Ireland’s position in Europe after Brexit.
The event takes place on Thursday 21 November from 18.00pm – 20.30pm in UCC’s Executive Education Centre, Lapp’s Quay.
The European Commission Representation in Ireland, supported by the European Movement Ireland, is organising a free media workshop in Dublin on Monday, 25 November 2019 for third-level students.
The workshop will offer students an opportunity to meet with journalists, communications professionals and EU affairs experts – including Michelle Hennessy (The Journal) and Grace Bolton (European Commission Representation) and get a crash course on the EU and writing about Europe.