Archive - March 2019

8394: EU SECURES IMPROVED CAR RENTAL CONDITIONS FOR CONSUMERS
Friday 29 March 2019
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Five of the leading car rental companies in Europe are to clarify their trading practices following pressure from the European Commission.

Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt are to introduce greater transparency in their car rental quotes and final bills.

It follows growing complaints from renters who say they have ended up with misleading bills featuring numerous hidden costs.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says this development is a major victory for the consumer.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: EU national languages

8395: LOW NUMBER OF WOMEN EMPLOYED BY IRELAND'S TRANSPORT SECTOR
Wednesday 27 March 2019
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Ireland lags behind the rest of Europe when it comes to employing women in the transport sector.

New figures by Eurostat show that Irish women are close to the bottom of the EU league table for female participation in the industry.

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

She says the figures suggest that a career in the transport sector does not widely appeal to Irish women compared to other nationalities.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: at 29 per cent

8393: ECC ADVISORY ON UK INTERNET PURCHASES
Tuesday 26 March 2019
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The European Consumer Centre is urging online shoppers buying from UK-based traders to take precautions as problems may arise post Brexit.

It says that after the UK leaves the European Union, changes may occur in UK domestic legislation which could affect existing consumer rights. 

ECC Ireland is advising consumers to take precautions by thoroughly reading the terms and conditions before purchasing online.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre says there a few simple tips to follow.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: to use chargeback

8392: EN ROUTE TO A ROAD SAFETY REVOLUTION
Friday 22 March 2019
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Changes are on the way that will revolutionise road safety across the EU.

From this week, the EU Commission will begin talks with member States that will see intelligent transport systems rolled out from later this year.

New technology will enable motorists to be informed in advance of traffic jams, accidents and weather hazards while driving.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says advances in technology will reduce traffic chaos and save lives. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: driving more safe

8391: IRISH BIRTH RATE FALLS TO 3RD PLACE IN EU
Thursday 21 March 2019
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A few years ago, Ireland's birth rate was the highest in the European Union: we are now in third place after France and Sweden.

New figures show that Ireland's birth rate now stands at 1.77 births per woman, and reveal that we have the fifth oldest first-time mothers in the EU.

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

She says that Ireland's birth rate is well above the EU average of 1.59 but still below the replacement level of 2.1 live births per woman.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: rate is falling

7391: EC CALLS ON IRELAND TO IMPROVE ITS MANAGEMENT OF ELECTRONIC WASTE
Tuesday 19 March 2019
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The European Commission is calling on the Government here to improve the way it manages the disposal of electronic waste such as computers, TV-sets, fridges and mobile phones.

Across the EU, this kind of waste is expected to grow to more than 12 million tonnes by 2020. If not properly managed, it can cause major environmental and health problems because of its hazardous content.

Grace Bolton, Head of Press with the European Commission in Dublin, says the Commission has identified a number of shortcomings in how the Irish authorities process electronic waste which the Government now has two months to address.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: life in danger

8390: CHECK YOUR RIGHTS ON WORLD CONSUMER RIGHTS DAY
Friday 15 March 2019
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Today - Friday - is World Consumer Rights Day.

Government agencies around the globe are reminding people to check their rights if they have had a bad experience with a trader.

In Ireland, consumers can receive free advice and assistance on such issues from the European Consumer Centre in Dublin.

Martina Nee of ECC Ireland says there are simple tips to follow to ensure redress where a dispute occurs with an unfaithful business or website.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: to the Trader

7390: COMMISSION TAKES IRELAND TO COURT OVER PACKAGE TRAVEL STANDARDS
Thursday 14 March 2019
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The European Commission is referring Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to implement EU rules designed to ensure agencies offering package holidays give clear information, particularly on the full cost and any additional charges.

In 2015, Member States agreed to give legal footing to a range of enhanced protections for consumers which also included stronger cancellation rights, clearer rules on liability, refunds and repatriation in case organisers go bankrupt.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the case is being referred to the ECJ because the Government here has still not fulfilled its obligations to protect tourists.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: Court of justice

7389: 40 PER CENT OF IRISH PEOPLE SPEND THEIR WORKING DAY SITTING DOWN
Thursday 07 March 2019
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Four out of ten Irish workers spend their day sitting down.

A new Eurostat report shows that the rate in Ireland is very much in line with the EU average.

Grace Bolton is head of Press at the European Commission office in Dublin.

She says workers in the Netherlands spend more time sitting down than any other nationality in the EU.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: out of ten

7387: END OF THE ROAD FOR TOLL-DODGING DRIVERS
Wednesday 06 March 2019
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The days of European drivers not paying road tolls in Ireland will be at an end in the coming months.

A new EU Directive has been agreed, enabling Member States to exchange car registration details of foreign motorists who drive through electronic tolls without paying so that tolls can be collected in their country of residence.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says it's the end of the road for toll-dodging drivers.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: sent the bill

7388: IRISH ARE THE MOST OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE EU
Tuesday 05 March 2019
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The Irish are the most optimistic about the future of the European Union.

A new Eurobarometer study published today shows that 86 per cent of Irish people are optimistic about the future of the EU.

The survey also shows that 70 per cent of Irish people surveyed believe it is not in Ireland's best interest to leave the European Union whereas 76 per cent believe that their interests are well taken account of in the EU.

Gerry Kiely of the EU office in Dublin says the Report shows that Irish people are the most content with EU membership.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: the European Union

7386: THREE IN TEN NON-EU CITIZENS LIVING IN IRELAND AT RISK OF POVERTY
Friday 01 March 2019
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31 per cent of non-EU citizens living in Ireland are at risk of poverty, according to a new survey from Eurostat.

The study also found that 13 per cent of citizens from other EU states living in Ireland are at risk of living in poverty.

The Czech Republic at 7.7 per cent recorded the lowest rate of non-EU citizens at risk.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission says Belgium recorded the highest rate of non-EU citizens at risk of poverty.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: risk of poverty