Archive - January 2017

1107: HIGH RATE OF PHARMACISTS IN IRELAND
Friday 27 January 2017
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Ireland has the third highest rate of pharmacists in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that we have 118 per 100,000 inhabitants.

The stats reveal however we are way down the European dentist league with 60 per 100,000 while the ratio of physiotherapists here is just 55 for every 100,000 population.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says pharmacy appears to be a popular profession.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: of the EU

1106: ERASMUS CELEBRATES 30TH BIRTHDAY
Thursday 26 January 2017
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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the EU student exchange programme known as Erasmus.

It allows students from one country to study in another with the assistance of a financial grant.

A new programme called Erasmus Plus allows apprentices to undertake fully funded job placements elsewhere in the European Union.

Siobhan Keating, who heads up the I.T, course at Templemore College, Co. Tipperary, says Erasmus Plus is a great way to learn a skill and see the rest of Europe. 

Interviewee: Siobhan Keating | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: Perpignon in France

1105: BEWARE "FREE TRIAL" PROMOS, WARNS ECC
Wednesday 25 January 2017
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The European Consumer Centre is advising people to think twice about accepting "free trial" promotions.

It says a growing number of people accept products on a free trial basis only to discover they have inadvertently signed up to pay for the product.

The Centre says it has received a growing number of complaints from people who accepted such promotions in good faith only to be billed once the trial period ended.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says there are a number of indicators to look out for when accepting a free trial promotion.
 

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: of subscription services

1104: NEW EU RULES TO PROTECT CAR RENTAL CUSTOMERS
Thursday 19 January 2017
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New rules have come in to effect to ensure the top five car rental companies in Europe fully comply with EU consumer law.

It follows a joint EU action arising from the investigation of numerous complaints received by the European Consumer Centre Network.

These included hidden supplementary charges, allegations of damage to vehicles and additional costs imposed for fuel consumption.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says the new changes should lead to better protection for consumers.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: of consumer rights

1103: EU LAW ON CHASING DEBTS
Wednesday 18 January 2017
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New laws come in to effect today that allow SMEs to chase outstanding debts in other EU States.

Around one million small and medium-sized enterprises in the EU face problems chasing cross-border debts.

The European Account Preservation Order, as it's known, will not apply in the UK and Denmark.

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission says the process is simple.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: the Company's account

1102: EU IRISH COST OF LIVING DECLINES
Wednesday 18 January 2017
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The cost of living in Ireland appears to be coming down.

Figures published today by Eurostat reveal that there was deflation of 0.2 per cent in the Irish economy during 2016.

Price falls in personal care products, telecommunications and gas were the main contributors.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says average Irish prices went down while in most EU States, they went up.   

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: one per cent

1101: EU PLANS FOR TATTOO USE
Wednesday 11 January 2017
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New regulations could be on the way to deal with the application of skin tattoos.

The European Commission is to look at the safety aspects of certain inks to determine if new rules are to be applied for their use.

Three out of every ten persons in the 16-34 age bracket in the EU has a tattoo.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says the signs are that some ingredients in various types of ink are not safe to use.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: chemicals are used

1100: ECC GAME CONSOLE ADVISORY TO PARENTS
Wednesday 11 January 2017
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The European Consumer Centre is advising parents to check their payment plans if they purchased game consoles prior to Christmas.

The ECC office in Dublin says it has received numerous complaints from parents who are facing bills running in to hundreds of Euro.

It says children are unknowingly downloading games unaware that there is no limit on the payment plan.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre says such parents need to re-check their payment plans or they'll be hit with massive bills.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: automatic payment system

1099: MAJOR EU AWARD FOR KERRY BAND
Wednesday 11 January 2017
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County Kerry rock band "Walking on Cars" will be presented with a "European Border Breaker Award" - or EBBA, in Holland later tonight (Wednesday).

The band, from Dingle, will receive their award at a glitzy prize-giving ceremony in the town of Gronningen.

The EBBA competition, which is now in its 14th year, is funded by the European Broadcasting Union and the European Commission.

Sorcha Durham of "Walking on Cars" says this award is major profile boost for the Band.

Interviewee: Sorcha Durham | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: to be here

1097: EU IRISH SOCIAL SPEND STATS
Friday 06 January 2017
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Ireland spent one euro in every five on social protection in 2014.

This compared to an EU average of one euro in every three of GDP.

The figures, which were compiled by Eurostat, show that France, which was top of the table, spent just under 35 per cent of its GDP on social protection with Latvia only spending 14.5 per cent.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says while old age pensions accounted for a large amount of our spend, unemployment social spend is now decreasing. 

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: in recent years

1098: EU AWARD FOR KERRY ROCK BAND
Thursday 05 January 2017
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County Kerry rock band "Walking on Cars" have become the 7th Irish act to win a "European Border Breaker Award" - or EBBA as it's known.

The band, from Dingle, will receive their award at a prize-giving ceremony in Gronningen, Holland next Wednesday.

The competition, which is now in its 14th year, is funded by the European Broadcasting Union and the European Commission.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin, says "Walking on Cars" join an illustrious list of previous Irish winners.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: of these awards

1096: ECC IRISH CHRISTMAS GIFT RETURNS
Thursday 05 January 2017
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Members of the public who received unwanted Christmas gifts should check with the trader before seeking a refund, replacement or credit note.

That's the clear message from the European Consumer Centre as the New Year gets underway.

It says large numbers of people will have received gifts in the past three weeks without receipts which they don't want or already have.

Martina Nee of the ECC office in Dublin says it's best to engage with the trader or follow the terms and conditions if the product is bought online. 

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: as set out