European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today delivered his 2018 State of the Union Address, before the Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, presenting his priorities for the year ahead and outlining his vision for how the European Union can continue to build a 'More United, Stronger and More Democratic Union', which was the theme of his 2017 Address. Against the backdrop of an ever more uncertain world, he stressed the need for Europe to become more sovereign so as to be able to play a role in shaping global affairs.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said today: "The geopolitical situation makes this Europe's hour: the time for European sovereignty has come. It is time Europe took its destiny into its own hands. This belief that “united we stand taller” is the very essence of what it means to be part of the European Union. Sharing sovereignty – when and where needed – makes each of our nation states stronger."
The European Commission has today published the preliminary results of the public consultation on clock change in Europe.
This online consultation, which ran from 4 July to 16 August 2018, received 4.6 million responses from all 28 Member States, the highest number of responses ever received in any Commission public consultation. According to the preliminary results (see annex), 84% of respondents are in favour of putting an end to the bi-annual clock change.
State of the art technology is necessary to strengthen grid efficiency and ensure renewable energy targets are met, Commissioner Phil Hogan said at the launch of the Trial Phase of a new hybrid flywheel energy project in Rhode, Co. Offaly (Wed. August 29th, 2019).
The project, operated by Irish company Schungrad Energie, has already received close to €3m EU investment and will now be trialled for development commercially. It is being developed in association with German companies Adaptive Balancing Power and Freqconand the University of Sheffield in the UK.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €40 million financing agreement with agri-technology company Devenish Nutrition which is guaranteed under the Juncker Plan's European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).
The EIB loan will enable Devenish to develop a purpose-built Global Innovation Centre in Dowth, County Meath, from where it will develop and showcase its ‘One Health – from Soil to Society’ research, development and innovation programme. It will also fund innovation related capital projects and research into optimised animal nutrition, food innovation, health and sustainability.
The European Commission is standing by Europe's farmers this summer, as they grapple with the difficulties of extreme droughts.
Farmers will be able to receive their direct and rural development payments in advance and will be granted more flexibility to use land that would normally not be used for production, in order to feed their animals.
This year, Irish research institutions have won 6 European Research Council grants representing a total of €8.7 m in funding.
Six Irish researchers from Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway and University of Limerick will be awarded Starting grants for their projects. This represents a big improvement on last year when Ireland won 2 grants.
In addition, a further 3 scientists with Irish nationality hosted at universities outside Ireland won grants.
Today four more Galileo satellites were successfully launched from the European spaceport in French Guiana on the European launcher Ariane-5. Now with a constellation of 26 satellites, the EU's global satellite navigation system will provide a more precise signal across a range of valuable services.
Two Dublin-based SMEs were this week selected for EU funding to help them get their innovative projects to market faster.
- Cortechs Connect Ltd for its CereBrill project (brain training tools to improve the focus of children with ADHD)
- InnoPharma Labs Ltd for its SmartCrys project (Advanced intelligence and close-loop control for Crystallisation of API’s (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients).
The two SMEs will each receive up to €2.5 million.
The European Commission has today adopted a Communication outlining the ongoing work on the preparation for all outcomes of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.
On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom will leave the EU and become a third country. This will have repercussions for citizens, businesses and administrations in both the United Kingdom and the EU. These repercussions range from new controls at the EU's outer border with the UK, to the validity of UK-issued licences, certificates and authorisations and to different rules for data transfers.
The European Commission's Summer 2018 Interim Economic Forecast predicts Ireland to have the highest GDP growth in the EU in 2018 at 5.6%. This is well above the GDP growth rate of 2.1% forecast for the euro area and the EU28 for this year.
GDP growth of 4% is expected for Ireland for 2019, double the growth rate predicted for the EU and the euro area.
Inflation in Ireland is expected to reach 1% this year and 1.3% in 2019, below the 1.7% rate forecast for the EU for both 2018 and 2019.
You can read the full Irish forecast here.
See below for the full European Commission press release.