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20/07/2018

Two Dublin-based SMEs were this week selected for EU funding to help them get their innovative projects to market faster.

They are:

  • 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. 

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EU and UK flags
19/07/2018

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.

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Commissioner Moscovici presenting the forecast
12/07/2018

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.

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Image from the cover of the report
09/07/2018

This report by the European Commission presents the findings of the ninth post-programme surveillance mission to Ireland and identifies remaining challenges for the Irish economy.

Read the Executive Summary below.

Download the full report here

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Illustrative image for the consultation
05/07/2018

Following a number of requests from citizens, the European Parliament and certain EU Member States, the Commission has launched a public consultation into the current EU summertime arrangements.

European citizens and stakeholders are invited to share their views on the matter by 16 August 2018.

 

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29/06/2018

As of Sunday 1 July, travellers booking package holidays will enjoy stronger consumer rights.

Not only will traditional package holidays be covered, the new rules will also protect consumers who book other forms of combined travel, including self-customised packages, where the traveller chooses different elements from a single point of sale online or offline.

The new rules will also introduce protection for 'linked travel arrangements' when the traveller purchases travel services at one point of sale, but through separate booking processes, or, after having booked one travel service on one website, is invited to book another service on a different website.

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28/06/2018

Two Irish SMEs have been selected for funding under the latest round of the SME Instrument. They will each receive €50,000 for feasibility studies plus free coaching and business acceleration services.

The two companies are:

  • Thalman Health of Cork which is developing the first wearable sensor capable of measuring both heart rate and the body’s thermoregulatory response to an infection (SENSYU).  This is designed to help patients and healthcare providers recognise and treat the early signs of infection before it becomes life threatening, of particular importance to cancer patients.
  • Vizlegal of Dublin which is developing a legal intelligence platform to enable legal professionals to track, search and save critical legal information from EU institutions and the courts of a growing number of member states (Vizlegal).
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President Juncker speaking at the conferral ceremony at the RCSI
21/06/2018

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was today awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the National University of Ireland. In his acceptance speech, President Juncker thanked the National University of Ireland for this important distinction: "This is a great honour for many reasons. Firstly because of where we are. The Royal College of Surgeons on St Stephens Green is a landmark in Irish history. The very spot we are standing in today hosted one of the most emblematic and dramatic chapters of the Easter Uprising. Being here today in a free and peaceful country, I am inspired by the journey Ireland has taken since then. 

"And I am equally honoured to join the list of Honorary Fellows from this historic University. Looking through the names, I see giants of Irish and European politics. Some of them are close friends such as the Taoisigh I have worked with during my career: John Bruton, Bertie Ahern, Brian Cowen and Enda Kenny."

See below for the full text of President Juncker's speech.

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EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker addressing the Joint Houses of the Oireachtas
21/06/2018

In an address this morning to the Joint Houses of the Oireachtas, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Two years ago this week, the British people made a sovereign decision to leave our Union. I wish they had made a different one. But it is their decision and I respect it fully. However, other Member States, and Ireland in particular, should not pay the price for that choice. This is why when it comes to Brexit, I have always said that it is a case of "Ireland first". We have made a lot of progress in the negotiations, notably on issues linked to the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom. But we are not yet there. The hardest parts are still to do. And there is not much time left to find a concrete agreement."

See below for the full text of President Juncker's speech.

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
18/06/2018

The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, will visit Dublin on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 June 2018. 

At the invitation of the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, President Juncker is visiting Dublin ahead of the European Council on 28-29 June to discuss Brexit and other issues currently on the European agenda.

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