Archive - October 2018

6344: EU TRANSPARENCY RULES ON BANKING FEES COME INTO EFFECT
Wednesday 31 October 2018
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A new regime of transparency for banks and financial services providers across the EU comes into effect from today (Wednesday).

Under new EU rules, banks will have to better inform their customers about the fees associated with opening and maintaining bank accounts.

The European Commission says the new measures will make it easier to shop around for the best and cheapest offers from banks.

The cost of using debit cards will become more transparent, according to Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: making online transactions

6340: EU AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER TO ADDRESS YOUNG FARMERS IN THURLES
Friday 26 October 2018
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A major debate aimed at attracting more young people in to farming will take place in Co. Tipperary tomorrow (Saturday).

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan will be in attendance at L.I.T. Thurles where difficulties in the sector will be discussed.

A large section of the debate, hosted by Macra Na Feirme, will focus on the potential difficulties for farmers arising from Brexit.

Gerry Kiely, Head of Representation for the EU in Ireland, says Commissioner Hogan will cover a broad range of topics.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: in to farming

6339: ECC ALERT ON "BRUSHING"
Thursday 25 October 2018
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The European Consumer Centre is alerting people about a banned practice known as ‘brushing’.

Brushing involves consumers receiving packages from China containing goods that they did not order; however, they are not charged for the item nor are there demands for further payments. 

The ‘brushers’ often bombard consumers with the cheap products in order to improve the rankings of online traders and boost sales.

Martina Nee of ECC Ireland says consumers do not have to return or pay for unsolicited goods.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: of charge back

6341: IRELAND RECORDS HIGHEST INCREASE IN INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION IN EU
Wednesday 24 October 2018
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Ireland continues to be the most productive country in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that industrial production here rose by 15.1 per cent in the year up to August last.

Industrial production in Luxembourg fell by 2.6 per cent during the same period.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says industrial production here is way ahead of the EU average.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: 1.2 per cent

6338: IRISH UNHAPPIEST IN EUROPE OVER CAR INSURANCE
Saturday 20 October 2018
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Irish consumers report satisfaction above the EU average when it comes to trust in goods purchased.

However when it comes to unhappiness with services such as internet provision, Ireland is in the bottom three countries.

Grace Bolton is Head of Press with the EU Commission office in Ireland.

She says the figures show that Irish people are the unhappiest in Europe when it comes to car insurance costs.



Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: for vehicle insurance

6337: IRELAND HAS HIGHEST RATE OF ADULTS WORKING LESS THAN A DAY A WEEK
Wednesday 17 October 2018
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Compared to other EU countries, Ireland has a higher percentage of its population living in households in which adults work less than a day a week outside the home.

Figures from Eurostat show that almost one in five Irish people up to the age of 59 live in such households.

Slovakia is top of the working week with adults there working four out of five days per week on average.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says that Ireland's share of households with adults working below their potential is almost double the EU average of 9.3 per cent.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: outside the home

6335: EU EVENT IN GALWAY FOR YOUNG IRISH EMIGRANTS
Monday 15 October 2018
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A major EU event takes place in Ballinasloe tomorrow (Tuesday October 16th).

Youth workers, guidance teachers and those who work with young people will gather for a seminar to advise on the do's and don'ts of working on the EU mainland.

The event, which starts at 10am in Ballinasloe Library, will be opened by Independent MEP Marian Harkin.

Una Kelly of 'Europe Direct' in County Galway says the seminar will highlight the preparations young people need to make if they are to migrate elsewhere in the European Union.

Interviewee: Una Kelly | Clip duration: 0 minutes 10 seconds | Outwords: volunteering in Europe

6336: IRISH MEN AND WOMEN NOW SPENDING 3.5 MORE YEARS OF THEIR LIFETIME WORKING
Saturday 13 October 2018
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New figures from Eurostat show that Irish men now work for an average of 40.1 years during their lifetime, whereas Irish women spend on average 33.1 years at work.

When compared to 2000 figures, Irish people now clock up an extra 3.5 years in the work place during their lifetime. 

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin explained that this average increase is propelled by a dramatic increase in the number of years Irish women are spending in the workforce compared to 2000. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: one year longer

6334: IRELAND SCORES WELL IN THE EU ON APPOINTING FEMALE MANAGERS
Thursday 11 October 2018
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Ireland is performing marginally above the EU average when it comes to the number of female managers.

New figures from the Dublin-based EU agency EUROFOUND have revealed that 37 per cent of Irish managers are female compared to the EU average of 36 per cent.

Lithuania at 45 per cent has more female managers than any other EU State while Greece at 26 per cent is bottom of the league.

Grace Bolton the EU Commission office in Ireland says the figures suggest that various types of management roles are not distributed equally, with female managers facing particular challenges.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: resources to succeed

6333: IRISH PROPERTY PRICES ROSE AT THREE TIMES THE EU AVERAGE DURING PAST YEAR
Wednesday 10 October 2018
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Property prices in Ireland rose by 12.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the second quarter of 2017 - almost treble the EU average of 4.3 per cent.

According to new figures from Eurostat, only Slovenia at 13.4 per cent recorded a higher price rise than Ireland in the same period, while house prices fell by 1.7 per cent in Sweden and 0.2 per cent in Italy.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission in Ireland says that property prices in Ireland rose dramatically over the past year.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: 13.4 per cent

6332: IRISH CODE WEEK STARTS TODAY
Saturday 06 October 2018
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Today (Saturday) marks the start of EU Code Week which runs at various schools and youth clubs across the country until October 21st.

The objective is to raise greater awareness among young people regarding the potential benefits of learning computer coding.

It is hoped that 50 per cent of all schools across Europe will teach coding by 2020.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says coding is a great way for young people to learn how to build websites and access computer technology. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: Dublin and Galway

6331: EU CUSTOMS SEIZED OVER 31 MILLION ITEMS IN 2017
Thursday 04 October 2018
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Almost 13,000 items were detained by Irish customs agents during 2017, according to new figures released by the European Commission.

31 million fake and counterfeit goods worth over €580 million were seized by customs officials across the European Union last year.

65 per cent of items detained were transported by sea vessels.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says food items were top of the smuggling list.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: the wider economy

6330: IRISH IN TOP FIVE EU COUNTRIES FOR FOREIGN AID DONATIONS
Wednesday 03 October 2018
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Ireland remains within the top five EU countries that donate money to the developing world.

New figures from Eurobarometer show that 40 per cent of Irish people report contributing to foreign aid in 2018. 

The Netherlands at 57 per cent is top for aid, followed by Sweden, Malta and Denmark.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says Irish people have clear views on the purpose and level of foreign aid contributions.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: on development aid