Archive - June 2016

1026: EU IRISH STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES
Wednesday 29 June 2016
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The European Commission says student exchange programmes between the Republic of Ireland and Britain will continue for at least another two years until the UK formally leaves the EU.

The 'Erasmus' programme allow students in one EU state to study in another with the assistance of financial grants.

2,438 Irish students have studied and undertaken internships in the UK since 2007 as part of the package.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says Erasmus exchange programmes with the UK will only end when the Brexit process is completed.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: it goes ahead

1025: EU IRISH CONSUMER ADVISORY
Tuesday 28 June 2016
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The European Consumer Centre is advising people that their purchasing rights under EU Law have not changed arising from the UK decision to leave the EU.

It follows reports that some British traders are refusing to refund certain Irish online consumers or exchange goods citing the outcome of the Referendum vote last week.

Martina Nee of the ECC office in Dublin says existing EU consumer law will remain the same until the UK formally leaves the European Union in the coming years.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: business as usual

1024: EU ENGLISH LANGUAGE CONFIRMATION
Tuesday 28 June 2016
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The European Commission is dismissing reports that English will no longer be an official EU language following the UK decision to leave the European Union.

Such a move would mean no meetings of EU institutions could be conducted in or translated in to English.

The confirmation of English as an official language is contained in European Union law. 

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says speculation about the downgrading of the English language within EU institutions is completely wrong.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: has a veto

1023: EU GALWAY AWARD NOMINATION
Wednesday 22 June 2016
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Galway City will know later today if it has won the prestigious European Green Leaf Environmental Award.

The City is one of six urban centres across Europe with populations under 100,000 to make the exclusive short list.

Details of the winning cities in the various categories will be announced later in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says Galway has made the shortlist because of its high quality of life index.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: of exceptional quality

1020: EU IRISH IMMIGRATION INTEGRATION COURSE
Tuesday 21 June 2016
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A major education programme is to commence in Blanchardstown Dublin next month aimed at assisting immigrants to integrate and find work in Ireland.

Titled "English language skills for work purposes", it will help the hundreds of new residents to compile CVs and improve their written and spoken English.

Assessment tests will take place in Blanchardstown Library on July 5th.

Siobhan Walsh of the Europe Direct Information Centre, says the course is designed to assist our immigrants integrate in to Irish society. 

Interviewee: Siobhan Walsh | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: apply for work

1019: EU IRISH TAX MEASURES
Tuesday 21 June 2016
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EU Finance Ministers have agreed a new set of proposals to tackle corporate tax avoidance.

Under new measures agreed in Brussels today, each member State will have to impose greater transparency to ensure that corporate companies pay their fair share.

The new measures, which are expected to take effect next year, are designed to prevent "profit shifting" to no-tax or low-tax countries.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says the key principle of the new measure is that companies will pay tax in the country where they earn their profits.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: tax at all

19: EU IRISH CAR-HIRE ADVISORY
Wednesday 15 June 2016
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The European Consumer Centre is advising Irish tourists to double-check the small print on contracts if hiring cars abroad on holidays over the coming months.

It says it is receiving a growing number of complaints about hidden costs that are added on to bills when cars are returned to hire companies.

The Centre says in some cases, car-hire companies persuade renters to purchase unnecessary add-on products.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says the area of insurance tends to be the most contentious. 

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: without their knowledge

18: EU IRISH AIRLINE PASSENGER RIGHTS
Tuesday 14 June 2016
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The European Commission has agreed to amend existing measures to strengthen the rights of airline passengers.

As part of the new proposals, airlines will have to provide compensation for passengers where flight delays occur.

Compensation will also be paid if a passenger is delayed on arrival due to missing a connecting flight.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in the Dublin says the new measures will ensure that consumers won't be out of pocket in the event of flight delays. 

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: cloud of 2010

17: EU IRISH CITIZENSHIP STATS
Tuesday 14 June 2016
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The Republic of Ireland granted the second highest level of citizenships in the EU during 2014 according to new figures from Eurostat.

The rate of new citizenships granted here per 1,000 persons was 4.6%, just behind Luxembourg on 5.8 and slightly ahead of Sweden on 4.5%.

21,104 non-EU persons became Irish citizens in 2014.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin said the most new citizens from any one country came from Nigeria.


      

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: used to be

16: EU IRISH POTENTIAL INNOVATION AWARD
Wednesday 08 June 2016
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Two Irish students look set to take the technology world by storm after being shortlisted for the EU Social Innovation awards.

Joseph Thompson from Castleknock and Niall Dennehy from Ballydesmond Co. Cork have invented a credit card intelligence voucher, or IV, which allows migrants and refugees to spend money donated to them by charities while moving from one country to another.

The innovative idea is one of 30 other innovations from across the EU which will be adjudicated on in October for a top prize of €50,000.

Joseph Thompson says the recent massive migration of refugees in to Europe has created the need to ensure such people have financial means for food and shelter.

Interviewee: Joseph Thompson | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: or credit card

15: EU IRISH GRANT BENEFITS GALWAY COMPANY
Tuesday 07 June 2016
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A County Galway Company is to share in a major EU Commission grant of €2.7 million to develop the latest in high innovation windmill blades.

 Powderblade Ltd at Inverin  in West Galway will partner companies in the Netherlands, UK and Irish company Westbic to develop its product.

 The company manufactures a new type of carbon fibre blade for wind turbines to supply electricity.

Doctor Tomás Flanagan of Powderblade, says the EU grant will help the company grow and expand in to more international markets.

Interviewee: Dr. Tomás Flanagan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: by about 2019

14: EU DUBLIN AIR QUALITY STATS
Tuesday 07 June 2016
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88% of Dublin people are happy with the air quality in the City.

New figures from Eurostat show that Dublin people have the same rate of satisfaction with their air quality as those living in Vienna and Helsinki.

The survey also shows that Dubliners at 82%, have the highest rate of satisfaction in the EU with daily noise levels.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says the figures reveal that our capital city has a high 'quality of life' index.


Audio: Deasy 07-06-16
Dur:     20"
OC:      really quite good

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: really quite good

13: EU IRISH HEALTH INSURANCE CARD
Wednesday 01 June 2016
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The EU Commission is advising the 50,000 or so Irish fans heading to the European soccer championships in France to carry an insurance card.

The card entitles an Irish person or EU citizen to receive free or reduced cost medical cover in the event of an accident.

It can be obtained by logging on to www.ehic.ie

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission office in Dublin says the card brings many benefits if a medical emergency occurs in another European Union State.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: on ehic.ie