Archive - May 2018

3292: EU COMMISSIONER PHIL HOGAN TO REVEAL CAP PLANS
Thursday 31 May 2018
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A major announcement on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy will be made in Brussels tomorrow (Friday).

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan will reveal new details on the CAP budget post Brexit.

The announcement will be streamed live on the internet on 'EBS Live' at 10:30 am while the EU Commission office in Dublin will host a public Citizens Dialogue.  

Gerry Kiely, Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says Commissioner Hogan will make it clear to Irish farmers what they can expect from Brussels up to 2027.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: they will continue

3291: IRISH BEACHES BEHIND EU AVERAGE IN BATHING WATER QUALITY
Wednesday 30 May 2018
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Ireland's beaches continue to lag behind the rest of Europe when it comes to bathing water quality.

The EU average stands at 85 per cent while Irish bathing water ranks at just 71.8 per cent.

The survey by the European Environment Agency found that of 142 beaches examined here, 102 were excellent while seven were classed as poor.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission in Ireland says the majority of the poor bathing water beaches are in County Dublin.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: as excellent beaches

3290: ECC ADVISORY ON AIRLINE TERMS & CONDITIONS
Tuesday 29 May 2018
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The European Consumer Centre is advising people intending to book flights to check terms and conditions for carry-on baggage.

It says some airlines have recently changed the rules for carrying goods.

The Centre says some passengers flying within the EU find themselves facing additional charges because they're unaware of new carry-on policies.

Martina Nee of the ECC office in Dublin says there are certain things to look out for.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: for damaged items

3289: EU ADVISORY ON TELECOMS PRODUCTS
Friday 25 May 2018
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The European Commission is advising the public to read the small print when entering into contracts with telecoms companies.

A recent EU survey found that 75% of telecoms websites examined infringed consumer law.

It says more and more people are having difficulties resolving disputes when issues arise.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says there are a number of issues consumers should check when purchasing a telecoms product.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: dispute resolution system

3288: NEW EU DATA PROTECTION RULES COMING INTO FORCE
Thursday 24 May 2018
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Tomorrow (Friday) is the deadline for organisations to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation - or GDPR.

Under GDPR, if someone wants to offer an internet service in exchange for your data, they must get your permission in advance.

This regulation will provide greater protection for the data of 500 million citizens across the European Union.

Grace Bolton who is Head of Press with the EU Commission in Ireland says companies and institutions cannot use your personal information without your consent after tomorrow.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: be explicitly given

3287: IRELAND NOW 6TH IN EU DIGITAL ECONOMY
Wednesday 23 May 2018
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Ireland has moved up to 6th place in the EU Digital Economy and Society Index.

The index monitors the performance of EU Member States in five areas, namely digital connectivity, digital skills, online activity, and the digitisation of businesses and public services.

Topping the table of 28 member States are Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission representation in Ireland says despite the good result, Ireland still has some catching up to do.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: other EU countries

3286: EU IDAHO DAY
Thursday 17 May 2018
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Today is IDAHO day.

That's International Day against Homophobia.

The EU has designated May 17th as a day to raise awareness in support of people who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and inter-sex.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the day is also a reminder that LGBTI people are equal under EU Treaties.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: all EU treaties

3285: IRISH LEAVE THE FAMILY HOME AT 26 YEARS OF AGE
Wednesday 16 May 2018
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The average age at which young Irish people now leave the family home is 26.3 years.

A new study by Eurostat has found that the Irish figure is slightly above the EU average.

Bottom of the list are people in Malta who, on average, leave home at 32.2 years of age.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says people in Nordic countries leave home to live independently younger than any other European nationality.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: at around 26

3284: EU IRISH WIFI APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
Tuesday 15 May 2018
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Applications to the European Commission have opened for local authorities to introduce free Wi-Fi hotspots.

Under the initiative, the EU is making 120 million Euro available to local authorities across the European Union.

Grace Bolton is Head of Press at the EU Commission in Dublin.

She says the plan will support the installation of Wi-Fi equipment in centres of community life across the Country

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: hashtag, WiFi4EU

3283: ECC WARNING FOR IRISH TOURISTS IN THE CANARY ISLANDS
Thursday 10 May 2018
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The European Consumer Centre is warning people to be extra vigilant if buying electronic goods in the Canary Islands.

It says a growing number of Irish people have been victims of scams while on holidays there, and while the majority of traders are reputable, some are using deceptive selling techniques to pressurise consumers into paying over the odds for cameras or tablets.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says there are a few tips customers should adhere to when buying such goods.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: agreed to pay

3282: EU OFFERS FREE RAIL TRIPS TO IRISH 18-YEAR OLDS
Wednesday 09 May 2018
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The European Commission is offering free rail travel across the EU for 15,000 young people in Europe who reach 18 on July 1st next.

140 of the rail passes are available for Irish teenagers as part of the 'Discover EU' initiative. Successful participants can travel for up to 30 days to four EU destinations but will have to fund their own meals and accommodation.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says applicants must answer a quiz to be in with a chance to win a ticket. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: hashtag Discover EU

3281: MAJORITY OF IRISH PEOPLE ENDORSE EU MEMBERSHIP
Tuesday 08 May 2018
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Support for Irish membership of the EU is at an all-time high.

A Red C Poll conducted for the European Movement has found that 92% of 1,000 respondents are content with being in the EU.

The survey also found that 87% believe Ireland has benefited greatly from being in the European Union since we joined in 1973.

Noelle O'Connell of the European Movement in Ireland says support for leaving the EU has dropped significantly since the British voted to exit.

Interviewee: Noelle O'Connell | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: the European Union

3280: IRISH INCOME GAP ONE OF THE NARROWEST IN THE EU
Friday 04 May 2018
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Ireland continues to have one of the best rates of income distribution in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that the richest 20% of the population in Ireland on average only earn 4.4 times more than the poorest 20%.

The Czech Republic, at 3.5 times, has the narrowest gap followed by Slovenia and Slovakia - with the widest gaps in Bulgaria and Lithuania at almost eight times each.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says the figures for Ireland put us on par with Germany and Sweden.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: average as well

3279: EU CALLS FOR GREATER CO-OPERATION ON VACCINATIONS
Thursday 03 May 2018
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The European Commission is calling on EU States to work more closely together to devise Europe-wide vaccination plans.

The call comes as figures show that close on 15,000 cases of measles have been reported across Europe during the last 16 months.

A further 40,000 people in the EU die from flu every year.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says vaccination is crucial as signs suggest an increase in the prevalence of measles.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: protect our citizens

3278: ECC ADVISORY ON HOLIDAY CAR HIRE
Wednesday 02 May 2018
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The European Consumer Centre is advising Irish people going on holidays elsewhere in Europe this Summer to be extra vigilant when renting cars.

It says tourists can be misled by terms and conditions, what is and is not included, the deposit requirements, alleged damage, extra charges and other problems.

Matters are compounded by the fact there is currently no industry-specific legislation to protect consumers if they have problems with car rental.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says there are a number of areas to be fully aware of when hiring a car.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: cover as well