Archive - July 2017

1186: EU IRISH CONFIDENCE IN ONLINE SHOPPING
Friday 28 July 2017
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Irish consumers have the second highest rates of confidence in online shopping in the European Union.

84.6 per cent of us trust the web pages we engage with according to the EU consumer scoreboard.

Internet users in the UK are tops in Europe for trust in the internet with 87.6 per cent of consumers expressing their trust with online shopping sites.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says the figures show that Irish companies are way ahead of the EU average when it comes to online sales. 

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

1185: ECC WARNING ON CAR HIRE
Thursday 27 July 2017
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The European Consumer Centre is advising Irish people to be extra vigilant if hiring cars on holidays during the coming weeks.

It says some tourists are being charged for damages which they are not responsible for.

The warning comes after one well known hire company paid staff commission payments each time they spotted damage to a car.

Martina Nee of the ECC office in Dublin says there are a number of ways to prevent being ripped off when returning a car.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: no unauthorised payments

1184: EU IRISH ONLINE SHOPPING DOUBLES IN TEN YEARS
Wednesday 26 July 2017
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Almost six in ten Irish people bought goods online in 2016, according to new statistics from the EU consumer scoreboard.

The number of Irish people now buying online has doubled since 2007.

82 per cent of UK shoppers bought online last year putting them top of the internet shopping league followed closely by Denmark on 81 per cent and Luxembourg on 78 per cent.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says the figures show that medium-size Irish companies now have a higher share of internet trade compared to the EU average. 

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: the EU average

1183: EU TO INTRODUCE SOCIAL MEDIA PROTECTIONS
Friday 21 July 2017
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Changes are on the way aimed at protecting the social media accounts of potential employees from nosey employers.

At present, employers can check a would-be employee's twitter, facebook and instagram accounts to determine their character in advance of a job interview.

However from next May, legal permission will be required for such actions.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission office in Dublin says the new regulations will oblige such employers to be honest and transparent about their intentions. 

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: social media profiles

1182: EU RULES CONTINUE TO BE APPLIED IN IRISH/UK TRADE.
Thursday 20 July 2017
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The European Consumer Centre is reminding the public that EU consumer legislation still applies to goods and services purchased from UK-based traders.

The warning comes after an Irish consumer reported that a British trader tried to avoid refunding return postage costs for a faulty product by citing that the UK is leaving the EU. 

Martina Nee is Head of Communications with the European Consumer Centre in Dublin.

She says EU regulations across all areas will continue to be applied in the UK until Brexit is formally completed.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: business as usual

1181: IRELAND RECORDS DEFLATION FIGURES IN THE LAST YEAR
Wednesday 19 July 2017
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Ireland was the only country in the EU to record a decrease in daily costs during the past year.

Inflation here in the 12 months to June fell by minus 0.6 per cent while in all other 27 member states, prices rose.

The countries with the largest increase in inflation were Lithuania on 3.5% with Estonia and Latvia both recording rises of 3.1 per cent.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says the figures did not include property costs.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: other member States

1180: BRITISH ARE TOP TOURISTS IN IRELAND
Friday 14 July 2017
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More British tourists visit Ireland each year than any other nationality.

The latest figures from Eurostat for 2015 show that UK visitors here spent an average of six nights in the country.

US tourists came second in the Irish Eurostat visitor league table, followed by German holidaymakers.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission office in Dublin says despite the visitor numbers, spending trends however were different.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: UK visitors spent

1179: SPAIN MOST POPULAR DESTINATION FOR THE IRISH
Wednesday 12 July 2017
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Spain continues to be the most popular foreign destination for Irish holidaymakers.

New figures for 2015 published by Eurostat show that 17.7 per cent of us went to Spain, followed by the UK and the United States of America.

However we spent €161 on average per night in the US, that's more than in any other country.

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission says even though Spain is more popular with the Irish, we actually spend more days in the U.S.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: almost two weeks

1178: EU CROSS-BORDER CLAIMS THRESHOLD INCREASED
Wednesday 12 July 2017
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Irish consumers can now pursue cross-border claims of up to €5,000 through the European Small Claims Procedure.

The EU Commission has changed the rules to make the ESCP more accessible and efficient for consumers who have problems with goods or services bought from a trader based in another EU country.

Martina Nee is spokesperson for the European Consumer Centre in Dublin.

She says the process of making a cross-border claim is easy. 

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: another EU country

1177: IRELAND TOPS EU BIRTH RATE
Wednesday 12 July 2017
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More babies are being born per capita in Ireland than in any other EU State.

New figures for 2016 from Eurostat show that 13.5 babies were born here per 1,000 inhabitants.

The figures show that at 6.4 deaths per 1,000 residents, we also record the lowest death rate of the 28 EU member countries.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says the statistics relate to births and deaths for the resident population only.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: any migration figures

1176: EU MOVES TO ABOLISH SALE OF 'CHINA WHITE'
Friday 07 July 2017
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The European Commission is drawing up plans to abolish the sale of the synthetic drug known as "China White."

The drug is mass-produced in China, sold online and delivers the same effects as heroin.

Ireland has the 3rd highest rate of fatalities from drug consumption in the European Union.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says "China White" is a highly dangerous drug. 

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: drug takes hold

1175: CORK TOPS EUROPE CULTURE LEAGUE
Thursday 06 July 2017
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Cork is the number one city in Europe for cultural venues and facilities, according to a new EU report published today.

The EU Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor ranked the Munster capital as top of the league out of 64 small and medium-sized cities across Europe.

Dublin was 3rd while Galway and Limerick were 6th and 7th respectively putting Ireland as the leading nation in the EU for cultural buildings and services.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says the huge investment in the arts and culture during the past two decades is now bringing great rewards.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: done really well

1174: COMMISSION SEEKS IRISH COMPANIES FOR SAUDI ARABIA AND IRAN TRADE TRIP
Wednesday 05 July 2017
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The European Commission is calling on Irish SMEs interested in doing business in Saudi Arabia and Iran to get in touch.

The Commission is organising a trade delegation to the two countries in November and is keen to open trade links for growing Irish companies, particularly dairy, beef, sheep meat and poultry producers, with Halal experience a priority.

However companies interested in going have until 5PM next Monday to apply.

Spokesperson Ruth Deasy says companies interested in going on the trip should contact the EU office in Dublin.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: office in Dublin