EC Radio Ireland Reports The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:30:54 GMT <![CDATA[EU free rail travel deadline looms]]>
The competition is open to 15,000 young people across 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, but winners 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 of winning a rail ticket. ]]>
<![CDATA[EU President to visit Dublin]]>
Accompanied by EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and EU Commissioner Phil Hogan, he will hold talks with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and will meet President Higgins.

The discussions come one week ahead of the EU June Summit as pressure mounts on the UK to declare its formal plan on the Northern Ireland border.

Gerry Kiely, who is Head of the European Commission's Representation in Ireland, says President Juncker will confirm his backing for the Irish position on Brexit during his visit.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish deaths from drugs amongst the highest in Europe]]>
New figures for 2015 just published by Eurostat show that 70 people in every million in this country are now dying from illicit drugs.

The figure is three times the EU average.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the rate of drug-induced deaths in Ireland is of real concern.]]>
<![CDATA[Lung cancer remains leading cancer killer in the EU]]>
273,000 deaths were recorded across the EU in 2015, according to figures just published by Eurostat.

Hungary, at 27 per cent, recorded the highest number of lung cancer deaths in the EU. 

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says Irish lung cancer deaths, at 21 per cent, tallied with the EU average. 

<![CDATA[Ireland has one of lowest rates in Europe for overcrowded households]]>
Only 3.2 per cent of the population live in overcrowded conditions.

The Eurostat figures cover the year 2016.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says we come in third lowest for overcrowding, whereas Malta and Cyprus had the lowest levels with 2.9 per cent and  2.4 per cent respectively. ]]>
<![CDATA[Irish fare well in EU mortgage and rent arrears stats]]>
Fewer than two per cent of people in Ireland are in arrears, compared with a figure for the UK of just under four per cent of the population.

The Eurostat figures, just published, are for the year 2016.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin, says Ireland compares favourably to other EU States.
<![CDATA[Enda Kenny selected as European of the Year]]>
He will be honoured for his role in guiding Ireland through the recession and presenting the Irish position on Brexit to the EU at a special event in Dublin next Monday.

The former Taoiseach is currently the longest serving TD in the Dáil having been first elected in 1975.

Noelle O'Connell of the European Movement in Ireland says Enda Kenny's leadership in guiding Ireland out of the IMF/ECB/EU bailout programme makes him a deserving recipient.]]>
<![CDATA[Nine per cent of Irish workers are in other EU States]]>
New figures from Eurostat show that the EU average is just 3.8 per cent.

32 per cent of EU nationals who work in other European countries have 3rd level education.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission in Ireland says Romania has the most people working outside its own country while Germany and the UK have the least.]]>
<![CDATA[EU Commission plans to curb plastic waste]]>
Disposable plastic items now make up 70 per cent of the litter found in Europe's seas and beaches.

Today is World Environment Day.

Grace Bolton, who is Head of Press with the EU Commission office in Ireland, says three measures are on the way to reduce the plastic items we use on a daily basis. ]]>
<![CDATA[EU Commissioner Phil Hogan to reveal CAP plans]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish beaches behind EU average in 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.]]>
<![CDATA[ECC Advisory on airline terms & conditions]]>
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.]]>