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6359: EU proposes better vehicle safety features
Friday 07 December 2018
The European Commission wants to ensure that all vehicles are fitted with the latest technological safety features. The Commission has proposed that cars,...
6357: EU Commission protects consumers from internet geo-blocking
Thursday 06 December 2018
There's good news this week for people who shop online. The European Commission’s rule to prevent unjustified internet geo-blocking takes effect this week. This...
6358: Irish applicants sought for free EU travel programme
Wednesday 05 December 2018
The European Commission has launched a second DiscoverEU competition to give over 100 transport passes to young Irish people to travel around...
6356: Value of Irish exports to EU trade partners more than doubles in 17 years
Friday 30 November 2018
The value of Irish exports to countries outside the European Union rose to €128 billion in 2017. New figures from the European...
6355: Irish most supportive of Euro currency
Thursday 29 November 2018
85 per cent of Irish people think that the Euro currency is a good thing. Irish approval of the currency is the...
6354: Irish average life expectancy rises by five years
Wednesday 28 November 2018
Irish life expectancy has risen by five years since 2000. A new EU 'Health at a Glance' Report shows that Irish people...

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6359: EU PROPOSES BETTER VEHICLE SAFETY FEATURES
Friday 07 December 2018
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The European Commission wants to ensure that all vehicles are fitted with the latest technological safety features.

The Commission has proposed that cars, trucks and buses be equipped with advanced safety features such as sensors to alert drivers to pedestrians, cyclists and oncoming vehicles.

It is also seeking to provide financial assistance to Member States to remedy accident blackspots in order to make roads safer.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says that the Commission wants to extend the use of innovative safety features, which are currently only available to certain consumers. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: in all vehicles

6357: EU COMMISSION PROTECTS CONSUMERS FROM INTERNET GEO-BLOCKING
Thursday 06 December 2018
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There's good news this week for people who shop online.

The European Commission’s rule to prevent unjustified internet geo-blocking takes effect this week.

This means that Irish people can buy products from websites based in other EU Member States without being redirected to an Irish-specific version of that website that often had higher prices. It should also be possible to have goods delivered to Ireland and to pay with an Irish credit or debit card.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says this development will give more choice to consumers and opens new markets to retailers. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: the companies concerned

6358: IRISH APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR FREE EU TRAVEL PROGRAMME
Wednesday 05 December 2018
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The European Commission has launched a second DiscoverEU competition to give over 100 transport passes to young Irish people to travel around the European Union.

Applicants must be 18 years old on December 31st 2018 and be available to travel between April 15th and October 31st 2019 for a maximum period of 30 days.

The deadline to apply is 11am on December 11th and the Commission is encouraging more young people with special needs to apply for this round of the competition.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says more details are available at HashtagDiscoverEU.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: hashtagdiscoverEU

6356: VALUE OF IRISH EXPORTS TO EU TRADE PARTNERS MORE THAN DOUBLES IN 17 YEARS
Friday 30 November 2018
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The value of Irish exports to countries outside the European Union rose to €128 billion in 2017.

New figures from the European Commission show that this export activity kept 700,000 Irish people in work.

The statistics reveal that one in every three Irish jobs depends on exports.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says that successful EU trade deals have facilitated the increase in Irish exports.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: EU trade deals

6355: IRISH MOST SUPPORTIVE OF EURO CURRENCY
Thursday 29 November 2018
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85 per cent of Irish people think that the Euro currency is a good thing.

Irish approval of the currency is the highest in the Euro Area.

Within other Euro Area countries, the average approval rating of the Euro is 64 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says there are several reasons for the positive attitude in Ireland towards the Euro currency.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: for comparison purposes

6354: IRISH AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY RISES BY FIVE YEARS
Wednesday 28 November 2018
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Irish life expectancy has risen by five years since 2000.

A new EU 'Health at a Glance' Report shows that Irish people on average are now living to 81.5 years.

This puts us above the EU average of 80.6 years.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says changes in diet and lifestyle are contributing to improved outcomes.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: a major issue

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