Archive - April 2017

1145: EU LEADERS PREPARE FOR BREXIT SUMMIT
Friday 28 April 2017
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EU leaders will meet in Brussels tomorrow (Saturday) for their first gathering since the UK formally applied last month to leave the European Union.

The European Commission will outline a number of key areas which, it says, will be fundamental principles in the event of Brexit.

Ruth Deasy is Head of Press for the EU Commission in Ireland.

She says four areas in particular are paramount for the European Commission's future relationship with the UK.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: the common travel area

1143: EU AIRCRAFT BOARDING RIGHTS ADVISORY
Wednesday 26 April 2017
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The European Consumer Centre is reminding people heading on holidays this Summer that they have legal rights if they are denied boarding an aircraft.

The specified rights only apply to flights within the European Union.

Martina Nee is Communications Director with the ECC office in Dublin.

She says there are certain things airlines are obliged to offer travellers if they are denied boarding.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: to six hundred

1144: EU WARNING ON MEASLES VACCINATION
Tuesday 25 April 2017
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The  European Commission is advising parents not to delay in getting their children immunised against measles.

New figures show a dramatic increase in countries across the EU where parents are resisting vaccination of their children.

4,800 cases were recorded in Romania alone last year according to the World Health Organisation.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says it can't be stressed hard enough how important it is to have children vaccinated against measles.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: your child's health

1142: IRELAND IS MID TABLE IN EU HOURLY LABOUR COSTS
Friday 07 April 2017
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At €30.40 cent, Ireland is slightly above most EU countries when it comes to hourly labour costs.

New figures from Eurostat show that the average hourly cost of labour is €25.40 in the EU and €29.80 in the Euro zone.

Denmark at €42 per hour and Belgium at €39.20 are the most expensive for labour costs while Bulgaria at €4.40 and Romania at €5.50 are the lowest.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says the figures take in employer costs as well as wages.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: of the total

1141: NEW WEBSITE TO REVEAL BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS
Thursday 06 April 2017
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The European Commission has launched a new website to inform the public on how the Brexit negotiations are evolving.

The site contains the latest speeches and official documents as they are published to ensure transparency on the talks.

The site is accessible by searching europa.eu taskforce article 50.
 
Ruth Deasy of the European Commission says the site is important as it will update the public on how Brexit will affect the ongoing Irish relationship with the EU and the UK.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: Good Friday Agreement

1140: IRISH FAMINE MUSEUM WINS MAJOR EU PRIZE
Wednesday 05 April 2017
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The National Famine Museum in Strokestown Co. Roscommon has won the 2017 EU cultural heritage prize.

It topped a list of 202 applications from 39 countries across Europe.

Founder of the Museum Jim Callery will receive his award at a ceremony in Turku Finland on May 15th.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says if the public vote online for the 'Public Choice Award' on cultural heritage, they're in with a chance of going to Turku.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: really fantastic project