In an address to the European Parliament today in Brussels, President Juncker said: "If the United Kingdom is in a position to approve the Withdrawal Agreement with a sustainable majority by 12 April, the European Union should be prepared to accept a delay until 22 May. But 12 April is the ultimate deadline for the approval of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons. If it has not done so by then, no further short extension will be possible. After 12 April, we risk jeopardising the European Parliament elections, and so threaten the functioning of the European Union."
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Ireland is to receive over €3.3 million from the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme for the 2019/2020 school year: €2,266,887 for the provision of fruit and vegetables and €1,039,137 for milk. The national budget allocations were adopted today by the European Commission. The distribution programme will be complemented by educational measures that teach children about agriculture and promotes healthy eating.
As it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April, the European Commission has today completed its “no-deal” preparations.
At the same time, it continues supporting administrations in their own preparations and urges all EU citizens and businesses to continue informing themselves about the consequences of a possible “no-deal” scenario and to complete their no-deal preparedness. This follows the European Council (Article 50) conclusions last week calling for work to be continued on preparedness and contingency. While a “no-deal” scenario is not desirable, the EU is prepared for it.
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.