Archive - July 2018

5313: ECC CAR RENTAL ADVISORY
Friday 27 July 2018
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The European Consumer Centre is warning holidaymakers who have rented cars while abroad to check their statements for extra or unauthorised charges.

It says a growing number of consumers are receiving bills with inexplicable costings.

Car rental is one of the top complaints received by ECC Ireland every year with consumers often reporting extra charges made to their payment cards sometimes weeks or months after the car rental took place.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says overcharged car renters have a number of options.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: rental reconcilliation service

5314: EU SATELLITES ENSURE GREATER SMARTPHONE SECURITY
Thursday 26 July 2018
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The daily use of smartphones will become more secure following the successful launch of four satellites yesterday under the EU's Galileo satellite programme.

With 26 EU satellites now in operation, European citizens will no longer depend on American and Russian equipment to run a range of everyday technological services.

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

She says the EU's civilian-operated satellites will give citizens greater security for operating every day e-services.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: provide secure data

5315: EU ISSUES WARNING TO IRELAND ON SAFE DRINKING WATER
Wednesday 25 July 2018
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The European Commission has issued a warning to the Irish Government to improve the safety of drinking water.

It follows recent data showing that water in certain Irish counties has excessive amounts of a substance called Trihalomethane.

The chemical is a by-product of chlorine when used to disinfect water.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says counties Kerry, Wicklow and Donegal are the worst affected.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: find a solution

5312: IRELAND LAGS BEHIND IN REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
Thursday 19 July 2018
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Ireland needs to triple its efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in order to reach its agreed international targets.

That's the key finding from a new Eurostat survey which also shows that as other EU States forge ahead in developing renewable energy supplies, Ireland lags behind.

Ireland is obliged to ensure that at least 16 per cent of energy generated here by 2020 is from renewable sources.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission says more work needs to be done.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: cent, by 2020

5310: IRELAND SLOWER THAN AVERAGE AT APPLYING EU REGULATIONS
Wednesday 18 July 2018
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This year's EU Single Market Scoreboard reveals that compared to other European countries, Ireland is slow to apply EU directives in areas such as the environment, waste management and transport. 

The Single Market Scoreboard evaluates how EU member states have implemented the laws that make up the EU Single Market. It identifies where countries need to step up their efforts or face sanctions for infringements.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission says last year alone, 29 infringement cases were taken against Ireland.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: coming under consideration

5311: EU-JAPAN DEAL TO BOOST IRISH AGRI EXPORTS
Tuesday 17 July 2018
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There's great news today for Irish farmers.

The European Union has signed an Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan.

Under the deal, tariffs or charges will be slashed across a range of areas which will make Irish beef and dairy products cheaper for Japanese importers.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission says the new agreement is a great boost for Irish agriculture.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: to nine per cent

5309: IRELAND HAD HIGHEST EU BIRTH RATE IN 2017
Friday 13 July 2018
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Ireland had the highest EU birth rate in 2017, according to new figures from Eurostat.

The number of births here last year was 12.9 babies per 1,000 residents.

According to Eurostat, the population of Ireland now stands at 4.8 million.

Jonathan Claridge of the European Commission office in Dublin says the figures show we also had the lowest death rate last year at 6.3 per 1,000 inhabitants.

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: rise in population

4309: IRELAND RECORDS THIRD HIGHEST RISE IN HOUSE PRICES IN EU
Thursday 12 July 2018
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Ireland recorded the third highest annual rise in house prices in the EU in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the first quarter of 2017.

New figures from Eurostat show that the price of property here rose by 12.3 per cent while in Latvia, prices rose by 13.7 per cent. Property prices actually fell by 0.1 per cent in Finland which was bottom of the table.

Jonathan Claridge of the EU Commission office in Dublin says however the rate of increase here is slowing down.

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: has slowed down

4308: ECC ADVISORY ON RYANAIR DISPUTE
Wednesday 11 July 2018
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The European Consumer Centre is reminding travellers affected by the Ryanair dispute that they are entitled to assistance if their circumstances meet certain criteria.

Ryanair is to cancel 30 of its 290 scheduled flights in and out of Ireland tomorrow (Thursday) due to a planned strike by pilots.

The 24-hour stoppage will begin at 1am tomorrow morning.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says passengers caught up in the stoppage should be offered a number of options.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: soon as possible

4307: EU SEEKS PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS ON WINTER AND SUMMER TIME
Thursday 05 July 2018
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The EU Commission is inviting submissions from the public on whether or not clocks should continue to change twice a year or not change at all.

The call comes after a growing number of complaints from citizens across the European Union.

Submissions and suggestions can be made by accessing the 'Europa Consultations' page via Google  https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations_en

Tim Hayes of the EU Office in Dublin says the public will determine the outcome.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: whole year round

4306: ECC CAR RENTAL WARNING
Wednesday 04 July 2018
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The European Consumer Centre is warning people to be extra vigilant when hiring cars from low-profile rental companies while on holidays.

Issues with car rentals are amongst the top consumer complaints reported to the ECC each year.

False allegations of damage are among the most common problems encountered by tourists.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says there are a number of things to keep in mind when hiring a car.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: in good condition

4305: IRELAND TO GAIN TWO EXTRA MEPS
Tuesday 03 July 2018
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The European Commission has confirmed that Ireland will gain two extra MEPs from next year.

The confirmation follows the decision of the UK to leave the European Union next March.

The Government here has yet to decide which constituencies will gain the extra two seats.

Tim Hayes, Political Officer with the EU Commission in Ireland, says our number of MEPs will rise to thirteen. 

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: May of 2019