Archive - Spetember 2016

1056: EU ONLY 1 IN 10 READ T&CS
Wednesday 28 September 2016
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Only one in ten people read the 'terms and conditions' schedule when buying goods online.

That's one of the key findings in a European Commission study which looked at internet purchasing trends.

Reducing the length of terms and conditions documents is strongly being considered by the European Commission.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says a number of options are being looked at to give consumers greater protection when buying online.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: and marketing law

1055: EU IRISH HOLIDAY STATS
Tuesday 27 September 2016
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Spain is the most popular holiday destination for Irish people, according to new figures out today.

The figures shows that 18.2 per cent of Irish people travelled there in 2014 while 8 per cent visited the US.

The statistics were published by Eurostat to mark World Tourism Day.

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission says the figures also show a significant number of Irish people are now holidaying at home.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: staycations in 2014

1054: EU IRISH AWARD FOR GALWAY INSTITUTE
Tuesday 27 September 2016
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The Galway Marine Institute has been presented with the first Atlantic Project Award for International Co-Operation on developing the Blue economy.

The Award was presented for excellence in ocean research and how to implement the Galway Statement on Atlantic co-operation.

The presentation was made this morning at the Croke Park Conference Centre in Dublin by EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella from Malta.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says this Award is a major boost for the reputation of the Galway Marine Institute.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: all our futures

1053: EU BROADBAND INITIATIVE
Friday 23 September 2016
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The European Commission is to engage with local authorities to speed up the roll out of broadband to rural communities across the EU.

The initiative is aimed at making funding available to telecom operators to provide 5G connectivity in remote areas where installation is prohibitive due to cost.

A new Irish National Broadband contract will be signed next year to provide full broadband coverage across Ireland by 2020.

Tim Hayes of the EU office in Dublin says the EU plan is designed to have every single remote region in Europe connected to the internet.


Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: quicker than others

1052: EU IRISH CAP PROGRAMME
Thursday 22 September 2016
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A new campaign has been launched to raise benefits awareness of the EU Common Agricultural Policy.

The CAP will see 140,000 Irish farmers receive an annual income from Brussels of around €12,000 each for produce management.

55 Billion Euro is being paid annually by the EU to farmers across Europe under the Programme.

Tim Hayes of the EU Office in Dublin says the new awareness campaign will inform farmers and the Irish public about safe food provision.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: consistent food supply

1051: EU ROAD DEATHS IN EUROPE
Wednesday 21 September 2016
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Today is European Day Without a Road Death.

Police forces across the EU have clubbed together to ask motorists to make a special effort to prevent road fatalities over the next 24 hours.

Latvia has the worst record in Europe for road deaths with 90 deaths per million population last year while 134 people have died on Irish roads so far this year, an increase of 20 on this time last year.

Tim Hayes of the EU office in Dublin says today's exercise is all about extra caution on the roads.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: death in Europe

1050: EU IRISH JOB STATS
Wednesday 14 September 2016
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The Republic of Ireland had the second highest rate of job creation in the EU during the second quarter of this year.

Our rate of job creation, at 1.1. per cent, was just behind Estonia on 1.7 per cent, making us one of the star performers of the year so far.

Croatia was the poorest performer of the 28 EU States with job creation falling by 0.4 per cent.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin, says the long-term trend for the Irish economy is good.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: is good news

1049: EU TAKE CARE BUYING OFF NON-EUROPEAN WEBSITES
Wednesday 14 September 2016
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The European Consumer Centre is advising people to be careful if buying dresses or clothing online.

It says Irish consumers have compensation rights if they purchase off a website which is based in the European Union.

However that is not the case if the website is based outside the European Union.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says one woman recently got a rude awakening when she recently bought a debs dress online.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: ring alarm bells

1048: EU IRISH WEEK OF SPORT
Tuesday 13 September 2016
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The EU Commission is encouraging as many people as possible to take part in the European Week of Sport which continues until next Sunday.

Hundreds of activity events are taking place around the Country over the next five days including a 'Men on the Move' event in Waterford, a line dancing Show in West Clare and an east City walk in Sligo Town.

The Week of Sport is being encouraged as figures from the World Health Organisation last year revealed Ireland and Uzbekistan are now the most obese countries in the World.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says this Week of Sport is important to keep people active and reduce medical costs on the taxpayer.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: and social inclusion

1047: EU IRISH ROAMING CHARGES DATE CONFIRMED
Thursday 08 September 2016
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The abolition of mobile phone roaming charges within the EU will commence on June 15th 2017.

The date of the abolition has been confirmed by EU Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip who has responsibility for the digital market.

Vice-President Ansip is in Dublin today for talks with the Taoiseach and technology company leaders.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says this is great news for Irish people using their mobile phones elsewhere in the European Union from next June.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 10 seconds | Outwords: in the EU

1046: EU IRISH ONLINE HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION WARNING
Wednesday 07 September 2016
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The European Consumer Centre is warning consumers to fully read the terms and conditions when booking holiday accommodation online. 

The Centre says particular attention should be paid to the details on 'cancellation and refunds'.

It follows growing complaints from Irish consumers who have booked holiday accommodation using third party websites only to discover the bookings were not refundable.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says cheap bookings are not always the best choice so it's best to fully understand the terms and conditions before parting with money.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: the best choice

1045: EU DUBLINERS INCREASINGLY HAPPY WITH THEIR CAPITAL CITY
Wednesday 07 September 2016
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Dublin residents are amongst the happiest in Europe with life in their capital City.

The Eurostat survey found that the inhabitants of Vilnius in Lithuania were top of the EU list with a satisfaction rating of 98 per cent for their own capital.

The residents of Dublin, at 93 per cent, came in seventh amongst the 28 capital cities of the European Union.

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission says that satisfaction with living in Dublin seems to be rising with every passing year. 

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: points since 2012