Archive - March 2018

2269: RESTRICTIONS LIFTED FOR WATCHING ONLINE CONTENT ACROSS EU
Thursday 22 March 2018
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From next month, consumers can watch and stream subscription programmes on electronic devices while travelling within the EU.

Up to now, content providers limited their services to geographical areas but new regulations are coming into effect which will relax those rules.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says the changes will allow Irish people to watch paid-for online content in another country just like at home.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: while you're abroad

2268: IRISH HAVE LOW RATE OF JOB-RELATED TRAINING IN EUROPE
Wednesday 21 March 2018
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The number of Irish employees who receive on the job training continues to be below the EU average.

New figures from Eurostat show that less than one in four Irish employees, or 23%, took part in job-related training during 2016.

The EU average is almost one in three - or 32%.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says the low participation rate is simply because most people don't have the time.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: lack of time

2267: EU FUNDED WI-FI ON THE WAY TO PUBLIC SPACES NEAR YOU!
Tuesday 20 March 2018
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Moves are underway to make Wi-Fi free in public spaces across the European Union.

From today, local authorities are being invited to submit applications for vouchers to cover the cost of installing public Wi-Fi.

City and County Councils within Ireland can claim up to 15 vouchers on a first come-first serve basis.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says the free Wi-Fi hotspots could be set up in many different public places.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 0 seconds | Outwords: known as Wi-Fi4EU

2266: EUROPEAN COMMISSION RECOMMENDS SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR ALL EMPLOYEES
Thursday 15 March 2018
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The European Commission has recommended making social protection available to all employees across the European Union, including the self-employed and people on short-term contracts.

The proposal has arisen from the Commission’s concern that limited social protection is available to these types of workers. If agreed by the European Parliament and the Member States, it could take several years to implement.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says that the proposal aims to guarantee social welfare protection for all workers in times of economic uncertainty.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: while supporting innovation

2265: IRISH SOCIAL PROTECTION SYSTEM PRAISED BY EU COMMISSION
Wednesday 14 March 2018
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The European Commission has praised Ireland for its social protection system.

In its recent European Semester - or Annual Country Report - it says that Ireland's social protection programme does relatively well in reducing poverty and promoting inclusion.

The report says progress is being made in delivering social housing but warns that rising homelessness remains a problem.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says great progress is being made in a number of key social areas.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: promoting social inclusion

2264: CONSUMER RIGHTS DAY WARNING FROM ECC
Tuesday 13 March 2018
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The European Consumer Centre is calling on traders to comply with their obligations and ensure all staff know consumers’ rights when selling goods to the public.

The advisory - in advance of World Consumer Rights Day this Thursday - comes after reports that some traders have provided wrong or misleading information on consumers’ rights when a good is faulty, or rely solely on the manufacturer’s warranty.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says there is some confusion over where the burden of responsibility lies, and that traders and consumers need to be aware that the sales contract is with the seller who has to provide redress if there's an issue with a sold product.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: aware of it

2263: IRISH WOMEN BEHIND EU AVERAGE ON BOARDS AND PUBLIC OFFICE
Thursday 08 March 2018
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New figures show that only 17.6% of Irish women hold positions on boards of publicly listed companies compared to the EU average of 25%.

Statistics released to mark International Women's Day show that the figure in France is 40%.

The number of female public representatives in Ireland is 22% compared to the EU average of 29%.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says we have some way to go to catch up with France and Sweden.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: levels of representation

2261: DONEGAL CONFERENCE ON FUTURE OF EUROPE
Wednesday 07 March 2018
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Members of the public in Ulster are invited to have their say on the future of Europe at a special event in County Donegal tomorrow tonight (Thursday).

The event, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny, will discuss Ireland post Brexit and the implications for Irish people.

Commencing at 6.00pm, the Citizens' Dialogue is one of five taking place around the country over the next three months and admission is free. 

EU Affairs Minister Helen McEntee, who will be in attendance, says the format of the event will give individuals an opportunity to express their views on the future of Europe.

Interviewee: Helen McEntee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: future of Europe

2262: EU SEEKS IDEAS TO MAKE INTERNET SAFER
Tuesday 06 March 2018
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The European Commission has launched an EU-wide competition for teenagers seeking ideas on how to make the internet safer.

The 'SaferInternet4EU' Awards are accepting entries until May 15th, and prize winners will attend a major Award ceremony in Brussels next November.

A 6-week online course on child online safety has also been launched, aimed at schools across Europe.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says this is a great opportunity for young people to make the internet a safer place.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: internet 4 EU

2260: NEW FUND TO PROMOTE LONGER VISIT TIME IN THE SOUTH EAST
Friday 02 March 2018
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1.6 million Euro is being made available to encourage more tourists to visit and stay in counties Wicklow, Wexford and Waterford.

This EU-funded cross-border programme will also encourage tourists to visit and stay in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion in Wales. 

The project will be developed through customer research, trade events and workshops as well as cross-border visits by businesses in Ireland and Wales to bring together expertise and ideas.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the Celtic Routes project has one key objective.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: to get elsewhere