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7380: Ireland continues to lag behind its EU 2020 renewable energy targets
Friday 15 February 2019
Ireland continues to underperform in achieving its renewable energy targets. Eurostat figures show Ireland is 5.3 per cent off its target for...
7379: EU Code of Conduct sees significant clampdown on hate speech
Thursday 14 February 2019
There's a been a huge improvement in the removal of hate speech on high profile digital platforms. The latest evaluation of the...
7378: EU brings new measures to ensure genuine medicines are bought online
Wednesday 13 February 2019
There's good news this week for people who purchase prescription medicines within the EU. The European Commission has brought in new rules...
7376: Irish Women have third highest healthy life expectancy in the EU
Friday 08 February 2019
Irish women have the third highest 'healthy life' expectancy in the European Union according to new figures from Eurostat. Irish women...
7375: Ireland is at bottom of EU organic farming league table
Wednesday 06 February 2019
Ireland, at 1.7 per cent, has the second lowest rate of organic farming in the EU, according to new figures from Eurostat. There...
7377: New EU Group to explore cyber-bullying
Tuesday 05 February 2019
Today is EU 'Safer Internet' Day. To mark the occasion, the European Commission has announced the creation of a new Expert Group on...

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7380: IRELAND CONTINUES TO LAG BEHIND ITS EU 2020 RENEWABLE ENERGY TARGETS
Friday 15 February 2019
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Ireland continues to underperform in achieving its renewable energy targets.

Eurostat figures show Ireland is 5.3 per cent off its target for 2020 while Sweden, on 54 per cent, has exceeded its quota by four points.

Renewable energy sources include wind, solar, hydroelectric and bio-fuel.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says Ireland still has some catching up to do.

 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: behnd that target

7379: EU CODE OF CONDUCT SEES SIGNIFICANT CLAMPDOWN ON HATE SPEECH
Thursday 14 February 2019
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There's a been a huge improvement in the removal of hate speech on high profile digital platforms.

The latest evaluation of the EU Code of Conduct shows that I.T companies are now assessing 90% of flagged content within 24 hours.

Among the companies signed up to the Code are Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Youtube.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says popular social media outlets are working with the Commission to prevent online hate speech.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: in May 2016

7378: EU BRINGS NEW MEASURES TO ENSURE GENUINE MEDICINES ARE BOUGHT ONLINE
Wednesday 13 February 2019
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There's good news this week for people who purchase prescription medicines within the EU.

The European Commission has brought in new rules to ensure that such purchases are genuine.

Grace Bolton is Head of Press with the European Commission in Dublin.

She says that bar code technology and new seals will ensure that the consumer gets exactly what is purchased.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: the real deal

7376: IRISH WOMEN HAVE THIRD HIGHEST HEALTHY LIFE EXPECTANCY IN THE EU
Friday 08 February 2019
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Irish women have the third highest 'healthy life' expectancy in the European Union according to new figures from Eurostat.

Irish women are in the fullness of health up to 69.8 years of age while Irish men are seventh on the EU table, maintaining good health up to 67.3 years.

Sweden comes out on top where men and women live a healthy life up until the ages of 73.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says Irish women and men are way ahead of the EU average figure.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: of 64 years

7375: IRELAND IS AT BOTTOM OF EU ORGANIC FARMING LEAGUE TABLE
Wednesday 06 February 2019
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Ireland, at 1.7 per cent, has the second lowest rate of organic farming in the EU, according to new figures from Eurostat.

There are just under 2,000 organic farmers in Ireland and we are above only Malta and Iceland, who share bottom position in the EU league table.

Organic agriculture is a system of farming that aims to produce quality food in a manner beneficial to the environment and to wildlife.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says our low rate sees us lag behind countries like Romania and Bulgaria.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: to organic farming

7377: NEW EU GROUP TO EXPLORE CYBER-BULLYING
Tuesday 05 February 2019
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Today is EU 'Safer Internet' Day.

To mark the occasion, the European Commission has announced the creation of a new Expert Group on Child Safety Online to help improve co-ordination and co-operation between EU Member States and propose actions to keep children safe when using the internet.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the new Group will focus on ways to protect children from access to harmful content and from online advertising directed at children.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: knows no boundaries

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