EC Radio Ireland Reports The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Sun, 19 May 2019 17:45:38 GMT <![CDATA[Most young Irish people leave home at 26 years of age]]>
The figure is slightly above the EU average of 25.6 years of age.

Sweden records the youngest average age at which people leave their parents' home - 18.5 years old.

Grace Bolton from the European Commission office in Ireland says young Nordic people lead the way when it comes to independent living.]]>
<![CDATA[Cap put on phone and text costs across the EU from today]]>
From today (Wednesday), consumers calling from their country to another EU Member State will pay a maximum of 19 cent per minute plus VAT.

The cost of sending text messages will be frozen at six cent each plus VAT.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says the move is aimed at reducing telecommunications costs within the European Union. ]]>
<![CDATA[BREAKING NEWS European Commission investigates competition within Irish car insurance market]]>
It is examining whether Insurance Ireland is preventing continental insurance providers from accessing the database of information used by Irish-based insurance companies.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says if continental companies are facing unfair barriers, these need to be remedied so that Irish motorists can chose between a wider range of insurance providers, most likely at more competitive prices.]]>
<![CDATA[One in every six EU journeys made in 2017 were by aeroplane]]>
The figures from Eurostat reveal that 218 million journeys were in the air that year.

82 per cent of the journeys were for non-business reasons while the remaining 18% of air trips were for business purposes.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Ireland says de-regulation of the aviation industry is bringing great benefits for EU citizens.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish EU consumer rights remain unchanged until Brexit occurs]]>
These rights include refunds, replacements or redress in the event of deceptive or faulty online purchases.

The comments come as today May 9th marks Europe Day, the date on which France and Germany commenced what evolved in to the European Union.

Martina Nee of ECC Ireland says as long as the UK remains in the EU, existing consumer rights will not be adversely affected.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish electric car ownership amongst the lowest in the EU]]>
New figures from Eurostat show that electric and hybrid car usage here is fourth from bottom out of 28 EU States.

Sweden tops the league table at 2.4 cars per 100 while Irish ownership is just under 0.2 per cent.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Ireland says we have a long way to go to catch up with our European counterparts.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish employment rate ahead of EU target]]>
The Eurostat figure puts Ireland well ahead of our 2020 target of 69 per cent. 

80.3 per cent of Irish men and 68.1 per cent of Irish women were at work in 2018 while the EU average was 73.2 per cent last year.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Dublin says the Irish economy is continuing to grow at an impressive rate.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish 18-year-olds offered chance to win free rail tickets]]>
The tickets can be applied for online through the European Youth Portal from today until May 16 and applicants will have to answer six quiz questions. Winners will be drawn at random and must use the tickets between August 1st next and January 31st 2020.

Tim Hayes of the EU Commission office in Dublin says this is a wonderful opportunity to travel around Europe but says only the rail ticket is free.]]>
<![CDATA[Widespread Irish approval for EU membership]]>
That's one of the main findings of a recent European Parliament poll.

EU membership is most popular in the Netherlands where 86 per cent of people would vote to remain in the EU and least popular in the UK where 45 per cent would do so.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Dublin says Irish people are more than content with the benefits of EU membership.]]>
<![CDATA[Cosmetics from outside EU make up bulk of 'dangerous' Irish imports]]>
In a survey, the majority of imported products classed as being a danger to the public came from China.

Cars accounted for 19 per cent of 'dangerous' imports.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says cosmetics accounted for the bulk of sub-standard imports into Ireland.

<![CDATA[Ireland has third lowest rate of road deaths in Europe]]>
Figures from Eurostat show there were 31 deaths per million population here in 2018, totalling 149.

Road deaths in Ireland peaked in 1972 when 640, or just over 12 per week, were killed on Irish roads.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says the figures here are continuing to improve.]]>
<![CDATA[EU encourages more women to work in the ICT sector]]>
Women account for 52% of the European population, yet hold only 17% of ICT-related jobs.

The call comes as April 9th marks EU Digital Day.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says this is one area where women can take advantage of endless career opportunities. ]]>