Attendees at a Dublin seminar were told today that the European Commission is proposing to invest €1.2 billion in Cohesion Funding in Ireland over the period 2021 to 2027. €640 million is being proposed under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) while €579 million is being proposed under the European Social Fund (ESF).
Today's event marked the start of the dialogue between Ireland and the Commission services concerning the programming of the future Cohesion Policy funds (ERDF and ESF).
The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google's rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites.
The European Commission's 2019 report on equality between women and men shows that Europe is making progress; however, we must speed up change.
EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vĕra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, said: "Women are still underrepresented in politics across the EU, this also goes for the European institutions. I want to see more women running for election. We should lead by example: I call on Member States to present more female candidates as future European Commissioners."
Today's report shows some progress in gender equality, but women still continue to face inequalities in many areas:
European Commission Representation in Ireland issued today the latest annual Eurobarometer report for Ireland.
Compared to other EU Member States, the report finds that Irish people have the most positive image of the EU (64%); are the most satisfied with how democracy works in the EU (75%); and are the most optimistic about the EU's future (86%).
St Columba’s College, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal have won the 2019 Model Council of the European Union. The event took place today in Dublin Castle. Runners-up were Maynooth Post-Primary, Co Kildare. These two schools rose above 23 other schools from all over Ireland, while discussing how the EU should spend its Budget for the period 2021 to 2027. The theme of this year’s subject is highly topical as EU Member States are actively discussing the European Commission’s proposed Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027.
The European Commission has today published its annual analysis of the economic and social situation in the Member States, including progress in implementing country-specific recommendations and an assessment of possible imbalances.
The package includes 28 Country Reports assessing Member States' progress in implementing the Country-Specific Recommendations of July 2018. The country report for Ireland is available here.
The ceiling for national support to farmers will rise significantly, allowing greater flexibility and efficiency, notably in times of crisis and situations demanding a swift response by the public authorities.
Today the Commission has adopted revised rules on state aid in the agriculture sector (the so-called de minimis aid), increasing the maximum amount that national authorities can use to support farmers without the need for prior approval from the Commission. This decision will allow EU countries to increase support for farmers without distorting the market, while reducing the administrative burden for national authorities.
Students and the broader public had a chance to voice their opinions at a town hall style meeting in University College Cork on ‘Brexit & Europe – Where Are We Headed?’. Speakers were Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland Gerry Kiely, and Lecturer, Department of Government & Politics, University College Cork, Dr. Mary C. Murphy.
The discussion was moderated by European Movement Ireland Executive Director, Noelle O Connell.
The European Commission has today stepped up its “no-deal” outreach to EU businesses in the area of customs and indirect taxation such as VAT, given the risk that the United Kingdom may leave the EU on 30 March this year without a deal (a “no-deal” scenario).
The outreach campaign launched today is part of the Commission's ongoing efforts to prepare for the UK's exit of the European Union without a deal, in line with the European Council (Article 50) conclusions of December 2018, calling for intensified preparedness work for all scenarios.
The European Commission today adopted the 2018 edition of the General Report.
The report shows how the EU is delivering on its commitments to Europeans.
In 2018, after nearly 6 years of continuous growth, 239 million Europeans were at work – more than ever before. 12.4 million jobs have now been created since 2014, with unemployment dropping to 6.8% and youth unemployment back to 2008 levels. The Juncker Investment Plan for Europe has mobilised over €370 billion in investment across Europe.