EC Radio Ireland Reports The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:03:54 GMT <![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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland most expensive EU country for alcohol and tobacco]]>
New figures from Eurostat put us just behind Luxembourg and Denmark which share the top spot as the most expensive countries for these items.

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

She says however, the news is not all bad about Ireland.]]>
<![CDATA[Websites commit to removing dangerous products]]>
Amazon, eBay and Alibaba or AliExpress, say they will act within two days to remove dangerous products from their sites once notified by member States. 

Online marketplace Ratuken - France has also signed up to the initiative.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission Office in Dublin says this development means good news for people who shop online.]]>
<![CDATA[One third of Irish people unaware that mobile roaming charges have ended]]>
Figures from Eurobarometer show that 67 per cent of Irish people are more aware that roaming charges no longer apply compared to the EU average of 62 per cent.

Mobile phone roaming charges within the European Union ceased on June 15th 2017.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says there are two ways to cut down on mobile phone bills when travelling within the EU.

<![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.]]>