Archive - March 2017

1138: IRELAND IS AMONG THE LOWEST POTATO PRODUCERS IN THE EU
Friday 31 March 2017
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Ireland continues to have one of the lowest rates of potato growing in Europe.

New figures from Eurostat for 2015 show that potato growing here was just 0.7 per cent or 360,000 tonnes of the EU total.

Germany was tops on 20 per cent at 10 million tonnes, France and the Netherlands were on 13 per cent while the UK recorded 11 per cent.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says we're not the potato-growing nation we once were.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: for various reasons

1137: NEW EU SITE LOGS HUNDREDS OF IRISH COMPLAINTS AGAINST ONLINE TRADERS
Thursday 30 March 2017
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More than 24,000 consumer complaints were lodged through the new EU Online Dispute Resolution platform against internet traders during its first year of operation.

The number of complaints from consumers based in Ireland was 367 while there were 816 complaints against Irish-based traders.

The aim of the platform is to help consumers and traders to settle disputes faster, more cheaply, and out-of-court.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre says as awareness of the platform grows, so does the number of complaints against traders who fail to honour their commitments.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: for you hopefully

1136: WATERFORD PRESENTATION TO MARK 60 YEARS OF THE EU
Tuesday 28 March 2017
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A major audio visual presentation to mark 60 years of the European Union will take place in Waterford Library, City Hall tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11.30am.

The Presentation of video and slides will explain the evolution of the European Union and how Ireland has benefitted from being a member.

The 60th anniversary of the EU was marked by a major ceremony in Rome last Saturday.

German Political scientist and academic, Ingo Espenschied, who will give the presentations in Waterford Library, says those who attend will see how the European Union has evolved from modest beginnings to what it is today.

Interviewee: Ingo Espenschied | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: the european union

1134: EU PLAN FOR BETTER FINANCIAL SERVICE PRODUCTS
Thursday 23 March 2017
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The days of buying cheaper car insurance and better pension schemes in other EU States could soon become a reality.

The European Commission has launched a plan to look at ways where people in one Member State can purchase better financial products elsewhere in the European Union.

The plan could become law within two years.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says the proposals would add more competition into the financial services market and would provide greater choice for consumers.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 21 seconds | Outwords: EU member State

1133: SLIGO PRESENTATION TO MARK 60 YEARS OF THE EU
Thursday 23 March 2017
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A major audio visual presentation to mark 60 years of the European Union will take place in the Ballymote Community Library, County Sligo at 2.35pm tomorrow (Friday).

The presentations of video and slides will explain the evolution of the European Union and how Ireland has benefitted from being a member.

The 60th anniversary of the EU will be marked by a major ceremony in Rome next Saturday.

German Political scientist and academic, Ingo Espenschied, who will give the presentation in Ballymote, says those who attend will see how the European Union has evolved from modest beginnings to what it is today.


    

Interviewee: Ingo Espenschied | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: the european union

1132: ECC WORLD PUPPY DAY WARNING
Thursday 23 March 2017
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Today (Thursday) is World Puppy Day, and The European Consumer Centre is advising people to do their homework if purchasing pets online.

It says people buy pets in good faith but can discover that the trader is not reputable and that the animal has been badly treated.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre says there are a number of tips that would-be purchasers should adhere to.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: has been treated

1131: DUNDALK PRESENTATIONS TO MARK 60 YEARS OF THE EU
Wednesday 22 March 2017
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Two major talks and audio visual presentations to mark 60 years of the European Union will take place in the Europe Direct Centre at Roden Place, Dundalk at 9.30am and 11.30am tomorrow (Thursday).

The presentations of video and slides will explain the evolution of the European Union and how Ireland has benefitted from being a member.

The 60th anniversary of the EU will be marked by a major ceremony in Rome next Saturday.

German political scientist and academic, Ingo Espenschied, who will give the presentations in Dundalk, says those who attend will see how the European Union has evolved from modest beginnings to what it is today.

Interviewee: Ingo Espenschied | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: the european union

1129: BALLINASLOE PRESENTATION TO MARK 60 YEARS OF THE EU
Monday 20 March 2017
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A major talk and audio visual presentation to mark 60 years of the European Union will take place in the Europe Direct Centre, Fair Green Ballinasloe tomorrow morning (Tuesday).

Commencing at 9.30am, the presentation of video and slides will explain the evolution of the European Union and how Ireland has benefitted from being a member.

The 60th anniversary of the EU will be marked by a major ceremony in Rome next Saturday.

German political scientist and academic, Ingo Espenschied, who will give the presentation in Ballinasloe, says those who attend will see how the European Union has evolved from modest beginnings to what it is today.

Interviewee: Ingo Espenschied | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: the European Union

1128: IRISH EARNINGS GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR BELOW EU AVERAGE
Thursday 16 March 2017
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The gap between rich and poor within the European Union continues to expand.

New figures for 2015 from Eurostat show that the top 20 per cent of earners received 5.2 times more income than the bottom 20 per cent.

The earnings gap between rich and poor at 8.3 per cent is at its highest in Romania.

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission office in Dublin says Ireland fares better than most EU States.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: as a whole

1127: COUNTERFEIT GOODS SALES CONTINUE TO RISE
Wednesday 15 March 2017
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The sale of counterfeit goods continues to rise as more people shop online.

That's one of the key findings in a new Report from the European Consumer Centres Network to mark World Consumer Rights Day.

While 562 cases of counterfeit goods being sold online were reported to ECC offices around Europe between March and August of last year, many believe it's the tip of an iceberg.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says there are many tips one should adopt when buying online.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: to refurbished products

1126: NEW EU RULES ON THE WAY FOR GUN OWNERSHIP
Wednesday 15 March 2017
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The EU has moved to tighten gun controls on blank firing firearms and the use of weapons.

The initiative comes following the attacks at the 'Charlie Hebdo' magazine in Paris in 2015 which killed 12 people.

Once passed by the European Union Council of Ministers, EU countries will have to enforce tougher controls on blank-firing “acoustic” firearms which can be easily converted to fire live rounds.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says these changes will go some way to changing the rules on gun ownership.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: Ministers for decision

1125: IRELAND SLIPS TO SECOND IN EU BIRTH-RATE LEAGUE TABLE
Thursday 09 March 2017
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The Republic of Ireland has slipped to second place in the EU birth-rate league table.

New figures from Eurostat show that up to 2015, the average rate of births per Irish mother was 1.92 babies.

However even though we topped the league table for many years, French mothers now give birth to an average of 1.96 babies.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says despite a change in the Irish birth rate, we still have one of the highest birth rates in the European Union.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: at 1.96

1124: WOMEN LEAD THE WAY ON EU CONSUMER RIGHTS
Wednesday 08 March 2017
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Women are leading the way in upholding consumer rights in the European Union.

That's the clear message from the European Consumer Centres as they mark International Women's Day.

It says 19 of it 30 directors across the European Union, including Norway and Iceland, are female while 160 women and just 60 men run centres in each EU capital.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says women are at the forefront in defending customers ripped off by unscrupulous traders. 

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

1123: IRELAND RANKS FOURTH-HIGHEST IN EU FOR WOMEN IN MANAGERIAL POSITIONS
Wednesday 08 March 2017
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Just over two out of every five managers in Ireland are women.

This makes Ireland one of the better performers in the EU where Ireland ranks fourth-highest for women in managerial positions.

Eurostat figures published to mark International Women's Day today, show that 43% of managers in Irish workplaces are female, ahead of France, Sweden at 40% and the UK on 36%.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says, despite female gains in management positions, a significant gender pay-gap still remains.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: their male counterparts

1122: ECC ADVISORY ON DECEPTIVE SUBSCRIPTION TEXT
Thursday 02 March 2017
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The European Consumer Centre is advising people that they have certain legal rights if they purchase goods online as a result of unclear or confusing text on a web page.

The ECC has received complaints that the information in relation to some subscription charges or renewals is not clear and in some cases, totally deceptive.

In certain instances, purchase information on web pages is in an unreadable font or is not displayed in a prominent manner.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says online shoppers who feel duped have a number of options.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: avail of chargeback

1121: NEW-LOOK EU PROPOSED
Thursday 02 March 2017
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The President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has unveiled five proposals for a new European Union post Brexit.

They are, carrying on as is, maintaining the single market only, a two-speed Europe with some countries opting out of closer integration, doing less with more powers or strengthening integration.

The European Union will mark its 60th Anniversary with a celebratory event in Rome on March 25th next.

Gerry Kiely, who is Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says discussions on the options outlined, will commence in Italy later this month.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: in the EU

1120: IRELAND TOPS THE CLASS FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY GRADUATES
Wednesday 01 March 2017
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The Republic of Ireland has the highest rate of graduates across science and technology in the entire European Union.

New figures for 2014 just published by Eurostat show we have surpassed wealthy countries such as the UK, Germany and Italy.

The stats also reveal that the number of researchers in Ireland almost doubled between 2005 and 2015.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says the findings reveal we are out-performing our EU counterparts in developing scientists for the future.



Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: is just 18.7