EC Radio Ireland Reports The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Sun, 18 Nov 2018 03:52:03 GMT <![CDATA[Irish retail spend increase is now the highest in Europe]]>
New figures from Eurostat show that the volume of retail trade in Ireland was up 10.2% in September 2018 compared to September 2017.

This was the highest rise in the EU where on average, retail spend rose by just 1.5% over the same period.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission in Dublin says the rise in employment figures is seeing an increase in spending power.]]>
<![CDATA[EU Labelling of vegetarian and vegan foods moves a step closer]]>
The Commission has formally registered a European Citizens' Initiative which starts the process of examining the proposal.

Grace Bolton, of the EU Commission in Dublin, says a million signatures are now needed across seven EU States to move the initiative on. ]]>
<![CDATA[ECC advisory on purchasing refurbished phones]]>
The warning comes as figures show that, during a 12-month period, just over half of all refurbished phone complaints received from Irish consumers about traders based in other EU countries were in relation to delivery problems. 

Nearly one third of complaints related to goods either arriving faulty or the fault appearing not long after purchase, while in some cases phones were not delivered at all.

Martina Nee, of the European Consumer Centre Ireland, says there are several tips to adhere to when purchasing refurbished phones online.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Irish more concerned about social media influence at election time]]>
New figures from Eurobarometer show that 79% of Irish people are concerned that personal data from the Internet could be used to target political messages. The EU average is 67%

84% of Irish people want  the same rules to apply to online social networks and internet platforms that apply to traditional media in pre-election periods on areas such as equal campaigning time, funding and pre-election silence. The EU average is 76%.

Grace Bolton of the EU office in Dublin says the survey shows that Irish people are more conscious about the influence of social media.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland one of the better EU performers for battery recycling]]>
New figures for 2016 from Eurostat show that only 15 Member States reached the 45% target set by the EU Batteries Directive for the collection rate of portable batteries.

The report reveals that five countries did not report a battery-collection rate at all.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says in the overall findings, Ireland is one of the better performers for battery recycling.]]>
<![CDATA[Closing date for free EU urban wifi plan]]>
€225,000 is being made available to local authorities in Ireland under the first phase of this €120 million EU-wide initiative.

In the upcoming call, the first 2,800 municipalities who apply will get a free WiFi4EU voucher.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office Ireland says this is a wonderful opportunity for urban centres in the regions to get connected - and it's free.]]>
<![CDATA[EU highlights Equal Pay Day]]>
The European Commission has designated November 3rd to highlight the average gap in pay between men and women across the EU.

The latest figures from Eurostat show that men earn 16.2 per cent more than women across the 28 member States.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says that women in the EU, on average in relative terms, will work for free from tomorrow until the end of the year.]]>
<![CDATA[EU plan to tackle gender pay gap]]>
Women across the EU earn on average 16.2 per cent less than men and when they retire their pensions are 36.6 per cent smaller than men's pensions.

This Saturday marks EU Equal Pay Day.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission in Ireland says the Gender Pay Gap Plan will explore eight areas.]]>
<![CDATA[EU transparency rules on banking fees come into effect]]>
Under new EU rules, banks will have to better inform their customers about the fees associated with opening and maintaining bank accounts.

The European Commission says the new measures will make it easier to shop around for the best and cheapest offers from banks.

The cost of using debit cards will become more transparent, according to Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland.
<![CDATA[EU Agriculture Commissioner to address young farmers in Thurles]]>
EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan will be in attendance at L.I.T. Thurles where difficulties in the sector will be discussed.

A large section of the debate, hosted by Macra Na Feirme, will focus on the potential difficulties for farmers arising from Brexit.

Gerry Kiely, Head of Representation for the EU in Ireland, says Commissioner Hogan will cover a broad range of topics.

<![CDATA[ECC alert on "brushing"]]>
Brushing involves consumers receiving packages from China containing goods that they did not order; however, they are not charged for the item nor are there demands for further payments. 

The ‘brushers’ often bombard consumers with the cheap products in order to improve the rankings of online traders and boost sales.

Martina Nee of ECC Ireland says consumers do not have to return or pay for unsolicited goods.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland records highest increase in industrial production in EU]]>
New figures from Eurostat show that industrial production here rose by 15.1 per cent in the year up to August last.

Industrial production in Luxembourg fell by 2.6 per cent during the same period.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says industrial production here is way ahead of the EU average.]]>