EC Radio Ireland Reports The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Sun, 20 May 2018 13:07:36 GMT <![CDATA[EU IDAHO Day]]>
That's International Day against Homophobia.

The EU has designated May 17th as a day to raise awareness in support of people who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and inter-sex.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the day is also a reminder that LGBTI people are equal under EU Treaties.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish leave the family home at 26 years of age]]>
A new study by Eurostat has found that the Irish figure is slightly above the EU average.

Bottom of the list are people in Malta who, on average, leave home at 32.2 years of age.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says people in Nordic countries leave home to live independently younger than any other European nationality.]]>
<![CDATA[EU Irish WiFi applications now open]]>
Under the initiative, the EU is making 120 million Euro available to local authorities across the European Union.

Grace Bolton is Head of Press at the EU Commission in Dublin.

She says the plan will support the installation of Wi-Fi equipment in centres of community life across the Country]]>
<![CDATA[ECC warning for Irish tourists in the Canary Islands]]>
It says a growing number of Irish people have been victims of scams while on holidays there, and while the majority of traders are reputable, some are using deceptive selling techniques to pressurise consumers into paying over the odds for cameras or tablets.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says there are a few tips customers should adhere to when buying such goods.]]>
<![CDATA[EU offers free rail trips to Irish 18-year olds]]>
140 of the rail passes are available for Irish teenagers as part of the 'Discover EU' initiative. Successful participants can travel for up to 30 days to four EU destinations but 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 to win a ticket. ]]>
<![CDATA[Majority of Irish people endorse EU membership]]>
A Red C Poll conducted for the European Movement has found that 92% of 1,000 respondents are content with being in the EU.

The survey also found that 87% believe Ireland has benefited greatly from being in the European Union since we joined in 1973.

Noelle O'Connell of the European Movement in Ireland says support for leaving the EU has dropped significantly since the British voted to exit.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish income gap one of the narrowest in the EU]]>
New figures from Eurostat show that the richest 20% of the population in Ireland on average only earn 4.4 times more than the poorest 20%.

The Czech Republic, at 3.5 times, has the narrowest gap followed by Slovenia and Slovakia - with the widest gaps in Bulgaria and Lithuania at almost eight times each.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says the figures for Ireland put us on par with Germany and Sweden.]]>
<![CDATA[EU calls for greater co-operation on vaccinations]]>
The call comes as figures show that close on 15,000 cases of measles have been reported across Europe during the last 16 months.

A further 40,000 people in the EU die from flu every year.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says vaccination is crucial as signs suggest an increase in the prevalence of measles.]]>
<![CDATA[ECC advisory on holiday car hire]]>
It says tourists can be misled by terms and conditions, what is and is not included, the deposit requirements, alleged damage, extra charges and other problems.

Matters are compounded by the fact there is currently no industry-specific legislation to protect consumers if they have problems with car rental.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says there are a number of areas to be fully aware of when hiring a car.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish people are the happiest in Europe]]>
A new Eurobarometer survey has found that 97 % of people in this country are happy or content with life, while people in Romania were the least happy, with only 59% of the population saying they were content.

The survey also found that Ireland, at 80%, has the third highest equality index in Europe, just one point behind Denmark and Sweden.

Jonathan Claridge of the EU Commission office in Dublin says the findings about Irish people were quite surprising in light of the recent recession.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish satisfied with CAP commitments on food]]>
That's the highest satisfaction rating in Europe with CAP according to a Eurobarometer survey.

This contrasts with an EU average of 64% and 38% in France.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says that half of those surveyed think farmers should get more financial help from CAP over the next ten years.]]>
<![CDATA[Dublin student selected for annual EU travel project]]>
The travel project will take eight individuals on four routes across Europe during the Summer visiting the Baltics, the Danube, Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts.

Ken Lomena from Tallaght is the only English-speaking student to be selected.

He says the entire trip and work done along the way will also be the subject of a TV documentary. ]]>