EC Radio Ireland Reports The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 22:28:25 GMT <![CDATA[ECC Advisory on UK internet purchases]]>
It says that after the UK leaves the European Union, changes may occur in UK domestic legislation which could effect 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.]]>
<![CDATA[En route to a road safety revolution]]>
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Irish birth rate falls to 3rd place in EU]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[EC calls on Ireland to improve its management of electronic waste]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Check your rights on 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.]]>
<![CDATA[Commission takes Ireland to Court over package travel standards]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[40 per cent of Irish people spend their working 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.]]>
<![CDATA[End of the road for toll-dodging drivers]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish are the most optimistic about the future of the EU]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Three in ten non-EU citizens living in Ireland at risk of poverty]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[EU discovers large number of misleading e-commerce websites]]>
That's the main conclusion of a European Commission survey which found that 60 per cent of 560 sites examined were misleading consumers.

It reveals that 'special offers' on purchases were not authentic on 31 per cent of the sites, while 211 websites charged higher prices than originally offered by the time the consumer navigated all pages.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the majority of sites surveyed were misleading in some way.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish divorce rate still the lowest in the EU]]>
New figures from Eurostat for 2017 show that only 0.7 per 1,000 persons here formally divorced.

Marriage here is still above the EU average with 4.8 per 1,000 inhabitants compared to the EU average of 4.3.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the figures show that marriage remains a popular institution in Ireland. ]]>