Archive - Spetember 2018

6329: PLANNING AHEAD: A DECEMBER BOOST FOR ONLINE SHOPPING ACROSS THE EU
Friday 28 September 2018
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There's good news today for consumers who like to shop online.

From December, the EU is introducing new rules to prevent geo-blocking, a practice that limits the online purchase of goods from other EU countries.

This means that Irish shoppers will face fewer obstacles when trying to buy products from websites based in other EU countries.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says it also means that Irish traders can sell their goods more easily to consumers across the EU.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: across the EU

6328: INCREASE IN UNCOLLECTED VAT IN IRELAND
Thursday 27 September 2018
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VAT fraud in Ireland rose in 2016 according to a study carried out on behalf of the European Commission to measure the VAT gap.

The study shows that in 2016 the Irish Government collected €1.6 billion less than theoretically possible.

Romania recorded the highest level of uncollected VAT at 35.8 per cent while Luxembourg at just 0.85 per cent was the best performer of the 28 EU States.

Tim Hayes of the EU Commission office in Dublin says the figures indicate that Ireland is collecting 11%  less VAT than expected and the gap is getting bigger. 

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: should be paid

6327: MAJOR INCREASE IN IRISH ELECTRICITY GENERATED FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES
Wednesday 26 September 2018
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Ireland's share of electricity generated from renewable sources has risen to almost 30 per cent.

This marks a three-fold increase on the 2006 figure when it stood at just 8.7 per cent.

The Eurostat figures for 2016 show that Austria tops the league table with 73.1 per cent of its electricity coming from renewable sources.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says the figure shows that Ireland's use of renewable sources for generating electricity is improving with each passing year.





Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: the EU average

6326: EU SUPPORTS MEMBER STATES TO CLAMP DOWN ON OUTSIDE INTERFERENCE IN ELECTIONS
Thursday 20 September 2018
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The European Commission is proposing measures to avoid outside interference in future elections across the EU. 

The move comes in advance of next year's elections to the European Parliament.

The Commission will propose to establish networks to promote online transparency, protect against cyber-security incidents and work against misinformation campaigns.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the proposals are aimed at ensuring that all future elections are fair, honest and free from outside influence.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: for political reasons

6325: IRISH ROAD DEATH NUMBERS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE
Wednesday 19 September 2018
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Today (Wednesday) is 'European Day Without A Road Death.'

The EU-wide initiative is also known as 'Project Edward Day'.

Last year, no road deaths were recorded in the Republic of Ireland on 'Project Edward Day' while 43 fatalities occurred across Europe compared to the daily average of 70.

Grace Bolton of the EU Office in Dublin says Ireland's statistics on road fatalities are continuing to improve with each passing year.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: lower next year

6324: IRISH PEOPLE COMPLAINED MOST ABOUT UK CARS AND PARTS IN 2017
Tuesday 18 September 2018
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A new study has revealed that the purchase of cars and automotive parts from the UK was the number one area of complaint by Irish consumers in 2017.

Most complaints related to faulty second-hand cars, warranties and issues with deposits. 

The study was carried out by the European Consumer Centre in Dublin and the Consumer Council of Northern Ireland.

Martina Nee of ECC Ireland says Irish consumers had a multitude of problems when it came to buying cars in the UK.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: delivery of them

5322: DUBLIN HOSTS EU YOUNG SCIENTISTS' CONTEST
Friday 14 September 2018
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Hopes are high that Ireland will win the European Young Scientist's Contest for the 15th time. The competition takes place at the RDS in Dublin from today (Friday) until next Wednesday.

139 students from 38 countries will compete for a 1st prize of €7,000 and 90 exhibits will be on display.

Ireland is represented by Simon Meehan, a student at Coláiste Choilm in Cork.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission says Ireland's great success in the 28-year history of the competition, is completely disproportionate to Ireland's size and the number of Irish students participating.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: at EUCYS 2018

5324: TIME CHANGE COULD BE DETERMINED BY IRISH GOVERNMENT
Thursday 13 September 2018
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The Government here could have the final say on whether Ireland applies Summertime or Wintertime all year round. 
 
The European Commission is proposing to end the practice of adjusting clocks twice-yearly and agreement is being sought from the European Parliament and EU Member States. 
 
Ireland is more likely to apply wintertime all year round to avoid a situation where schoolchildren travel in the dark during winter months.
 
Grace Bolton of the EU Commission says that each Member State can decide to apply the time that best suits their climate and geography. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: if this goes ahead

5323: IRISH GOVERNMENT AWAITS JUNCKER STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH
Wednesday 12 September 2018
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All political eyes and ears will be on Strasbourg this morning when EU President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his annual State of the Union address at 8am Irish time.

Government officials in Dublin and London will be watching carefully to see if any reference is made to the ongoing talks on the UK exit from the European Union.

Grace Bolton is Head of Press with the European Commission Representation in Ireland.

She says Jean-Claude Juncker is expected to focus on a number of sensitive political issues.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: seasonal time change

5321: EU MAY CONSIDER BANNING ANIMAL CAGES
Friday 07 September 2018
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The days of farm animals being caged inhumanely could soon be at an end.

The European Commission has given the go-ahead for a petition to be launched, which could be the first step towards ending the practice.

The green light for the Citizens’ Initiative means that if organisers can collect enough signatures, the Commission will have to decide whether to propose legislation to ban the use of cages for housing laying hens, rabbits, ducks and geese.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says at least one million signatures are required for the Commission to consider the proposal.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: consider this proposal

5320: EU ALLOCATES OVER €2 MILLION TO IRISH SCHOOLS TO FIGHT OBESITY
Thursday 06 September 2018
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The European Union has allocated €2.6 million for the 2018 fruit, veg and milk scheme in Irish schools.

The 'Food Dudes' scheme aims to promote healthy eating by pupils and students in the ongoing fight against obesity.

Under the scheme, money is allocated to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine which funds to the programme.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says the scheme is already producing positive results.



Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 22 seconds | Outwords: fight against obesity

5319: TIPPERARY JUDGE APPOINTED TO EU COURT OF JUSTICE
Wednesday 05 September 2018
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Former High Court Judge Gerard Hogan has been appointed as an Advocate-General to the EU Court of Justice.

The 60-year old judge, who is a native of Carrick-on Suir Co. Tipperary, is an expert on Irish constitutional law.

Grace Bolton of the EU office in Dublin says Gerard Hogan is being promoted to a highly influential position within the European Union. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 21 seconds | Outwords: in EU bodies