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5313: ECC car rental advisory
Friday 27 July 2018
The European Consumer Centre is warning holidaymakers who have rented cars while abroad to check their statements for extra or...
5314: EU satellites ensure greater smartphone security
Thursday 26 July 2018
The daily use of smartphones will become more secure following the successful launch of four satellites yesterday under the EU's...
5315: EU issues warning to Ireland on safe drinking water
Wednesday 25 July 2018
The European Commission has issued a warning to the Irish Government to improve the safety of drinking water. It follows recent data...
5312: Ireland lags behind in reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Thursday 19 July 2018
Ireland needs to triple its efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in order to reach its agreed international targets. That's...
5310: Ireland slower than average at applying EU regulations
Wednesday 18 July 2018
This year's EU Single Market Scoreboard reveals that compared to other European countries, Ireland is slow to apply EU directives in areas...
5311: EU-Japan deal to boost Irish agri exports
Tuesday 17 July 2018
There's great news today for Irish farmers. The European Union has signed an Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan. Under the deal, tariffs or charges...

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5313: ECC CAR RENTAL ADVISORY
Friday 27 July 2018
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The European Consumer Centre is warning holidaymakers who have rented cars while abroad to check their statements for extra or unauthorised charges.

It says a growing number of consumers are receiving bills with inexplicable costings.

Car rental is one of the top complaints received by ECC Ireland every year with consumers often reporting extra charges made to their payment cards sometimes weeks or months after the car rental took place.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says overcharged car renters have a number of options.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: rental reconcilliation service

5314: EU SATELLITES ENSURE GREATER SMARTPHONE SECURITY
Thursday 26 July 2018
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The daily use of smartphones will become more secure following the successful launch of four satellites yesterday under the EU's Galileo satellite programme.

With 26 EU satellites now in operation, European citizens will no longer depend on American and Russian equipment to run a range of everyday technological services.

Grace Bolton is Head of Press at the EU Commission in Dublin.

She says the EU's civilian-operated satellites will give citizens greater security for operating every day e-services.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: provide secure data

5315: EU ISSUES WARNING TO IRELAND ON SAFE DRINKING WATER
Wednesday 25 July 2018
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The European Commission has issued a warning to the Irish Government to improve the safety of drinking water.

It follows recent data showing that water in certain Irish counties has excessive amounts of a substance called Trihalomethane.

The chemical is a by-product of chlorine when used to disinfect water.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says counties Kerry, Wicklow and Donegal are the worst affected.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: find a solution

5312: IRELAND LAGS BEHIND IN REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
Thursday 19 July 2018
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Ireland needs to triple its efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in order to reach its agreed international targets.

That's the key finding from a new Eurostat survey which also shows that as other EU States forge ahead in developing renewable energy supplies, Ireland lags behind.

Ireland is obliged to ensure that at least 16 per cent of energy generated here by 2020 is from renewable sources.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission says more work needs to be done.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: cent, by 2020

5310: IRELAND SLOWER THAN AVERAGE AT APPLYING EU REGULATIONS
Wednesday 18 July 2018
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This year's EU Single Market Scoreboard reveals that compared to other European countries, Ireland is slow to apply EU directives in areas such as the environment, waste management and transport. 

The Single Market Scoreboard evaluates how EU member states have implemented the laws that make up the EU Single Market. It identifies where countries need to step up their efforts or face sanctions for infringements.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission says last year alone, 29 infringement cases were taken against Ireland.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: coming under consideration

5311: EU-JAPAN DEAL TO BOOST IRISH AGRI EXPORTS
Tuesday 17 July 2018
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There's great news today for Irish farmers.

The European Union has signed an Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan.

Under the deal, tariffs or charges will be slashed across a range of areas which will make Irish beef and dairy products cheaper for Japanese importers.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission says the new agreement is a great boost for Irish agriculture.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: to nine per cent

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