EC Radio Ireland Reports The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:23:16 GMT <![CDATA[ECC car rental advisory]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[EU satellites ensure greater smartphone security]]>
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.

<![CDATA[EU issues warning to Ireland on safe 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.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland lags behind in reducing greenhouse gas emissions]]>
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.

<![CDATA[Ireland slower than average at applying EU regulations]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[EU-Japan deal to boost Irish agri exports]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland had highest EU birth rate in 2017]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland records third highest rise in house prices in EU]]>
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.
<![CDATA[ECC advisory on Ryanair dispute]]>
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.

<![CDATA[EU seeks public submissions on Winter and Summer time]]>
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

Tim Hayes of the EU Office in Dublin says the public will determine the outcome.]]>
<![CDATA[ECC car rental warning]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland to gain two extra MEPs]]>
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. ]]>