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Commissioner Bulc speaking to the Oireachtas Committee
19/10/2017

Speaking today to the EU Affairs Committee and the Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU, EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said: "Ireland has, for 44 years, been a friend of the EU but also a central part of the European project. In that time, you have managed to transform your transport infrastructure, your economy and your society – and I have faith in your people, and your leaders, that you will be able to overcome current challenges and come out the other side even stronger. This is an opportunity for Ireland to strengthen its links with its European partners. You may be an island nation on the edge of the continent, but your place into the future will continue to be right at the heart of the European Union."

Read the full text of Commissioner Bulc's speech below.

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Transport and travel
Commissioner Violeta Bulc
19/10/2017

European Commission for Transport, Ms Violeta Bulc, will be in Dublin this week. While here she will take part in a Citizens' Dialogue on the Future of Europe with Brian Hayes MEP.

The debate, which will take place in the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, will be moderated by Audrey Carville (RTE) and is hosted by the European Commission Representation in Ireland, with the help of the European Movement Ireland. The event starts at 6.15 pm with registration from 5.45 pm.

It will be web-streamed below.

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Transport and travel
19/10/2017

Four more Irish SMEs have just won EU grants of €50,000 each, continuing the excellent track-record of Irish universities and SMEs at winning funding from Europe's Research Fund.

Competition for Horizon 2020 cash is fierce but Ireland consistently out-performs other countries relative to our size. Today's announcement is confirmation that this trend is continuing.

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Science and technology
12/10/2017

The European Commission has published a Communication (White Paper) calling for completion of Europe's Banking Union by 2018.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union said: "...We want a banking sector that absorbs crises and shares risks via private channels, thus ensuring that taxpayers are not first in line to pay. Today we are presenting pragmatic ideas to move forward with risk sharing and risk reduction in parallel...".

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Economy, finance, tax and competition
Michel Barnier statement post Brexit Round 5
12/10/2017

Speaking to the press after Round 5 of the Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier said today that while some progress had been made on Ireland and citizens' rights, much remained to be clarified. However, on the financial settlement, there appears to be deadlock. "There has been no progress on financial settlement, We've reached a stage of deadlock, disturbing for EU taxpayers," he said. Read the full speech below.

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Institutional affairs
EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan
06/10/2017

In a speech to an FSAI conference in Dublin today, EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan said: "In Europe we still treasure the family farm model and all it represents for our rural areas. The European Commission wants this principle to continue, distinguishing ourselves from other global players where a small number of large-scale operators dominate the agri-food sector. The CAP is an increasingly market-orientated policy which provides farmers with both opportunities and challenges. On the one hand, they have an expanded horizon of commercial opportunities in Europe and on global markets. However on the other hand, they are also subject to prevailing market conditions which, as we have seen in recent years, are not always favourable. It is essential, therefore, that the Common Agricultural Policy - which is designed to support farmers and ensure they receive a basic safety net and income support - also provides those same farmers with the necessary instruments to deal with market volatility and price fluctuations."

See below for the full text of Commissioner Hogan's speech.

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Agriculture
04/10/2017

The European Commission has concluded that Luxembourg granted undue tax benefits to Amazon of around €250 million. This is illegal under EU State aid rules because it allowed Amazon to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Luxembourg must now recover the illegal aid.

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Economy, finance, tax and competition
Commissioner Vestager speaking at today's press conference
04/10/2017

The European Commission has decided to refer Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to recover from Apple illegal State aid worth up to €13 billion, as required by a Commission decision.

The Commission decision of 30 August 2016 concluded that Ireland's tax benefits to Apple were illegal under EU State aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. As a matter of principle, EU State aid rules require that illegal State aid is recovered in order to remove the distortion of competition created by the aid.

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Economy, finance, tax and competition
Michel Barnier and David Davis speaking at today's press conference
28/09/2017

At the press conference following the conclusion of the 4th round of Brexit negotiations in Brussels today, the EU's Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier said: "We managed to create clarity on some points. On others, however, more work remains to be done. We are not there yet. But we will keep working in a constructive spirit until we reach a deal on the essential principles of the UK's orderly withdrawal."

On Ireland, he said: "once again, we had a constructive discussion and we made progress in some areas."

See below for the full statement.

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Institutional affairs
Commissioner Hogan speaking at Dairygold
22/09/2017

"The best solution for the UK could be an interim arrangement with the EU to continue benefiting from the single market and the customs union for as long as is needed until an alternative EU-UK deal is reached, as sensible voices have proposed." Commissioner Hogan was speaking this morning at the opening of the new Dairygold Campus in Mallow, at an event attended by the Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald TD and the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed TD.  

See below for the full text of Commissioner Hogan's speech.

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Agriculture

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