EC Radio Ireland Reports The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:33:22 GMT <![CDATA[Irish are low spenders on recreation and culture]]>
New figures from Eurostat show that households in the EU spend 8.5 per cent of their disposable income on culture and leisure pursuits.  

The average spend per person per year in the EU is €1,400.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says Irish personal spend on culture and recreation is close to the bottom of the EU league.]]>
<![CDATA[EU to tackle pay disparity between men and women]]>
It has launched a consultation process across the European Union to assess personal experience and proposed solutions.

Members of the public have until April 5th to make submissions and can do so online by entering 'Equal Pay consultation' in to Google.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission in Dublin says this is a real opportunity to address the pay disparity culture between men and women.

<![CDATA[EU Commission to restrict use of four harmful chemicals]]>
The substances are known to have toxic effects on human reproductive health and male fertility, and can contribute to breast cancer.

Substances including the four thalates can be present in plastics in a wide variety of everyday products such as cables, children's toys, coated fabrics and sports equipment. 

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says that the EU is taking action to protect consumers from these harmful chemicals. ]]>
<![CDATA[Record numbers now at work in the European Union]]>
239 million people were in jobs across the EU with 158 million working in the Euro currency zone.

Malta recorded the highest employment growth in 2018 of 4.9 per cent with Ireland fourth on 3.4 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says the European Union is continuing to bounce back from the financial crash of 2008.]]>
<![CDATA[EU gets tough with ruthless retailers]]>
The conduct, whereby some supermarkets force suppliers to reduce their prices below break-even point, has resulted in thousands of food and product suppliers across the EU going out of business.

The new measures, which will impose penalties on major retailers who engage in unfair practice, could be law here by the end of 2019.

Gerry Kiely of the EU Commission office in Ireland says the agreement is good news for suppliers and will help to maintain job security and prosperity in several sectors.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland is third most optimistic country in the EU]]>
A survey carried out by the Dublin-based EU agency EuroFound, measured personal optimism and expectations for children in the future.

The Irish are more optimistic than people in Germany, UK and Spain.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission in Ireland says we rank just behind two Nordic countries on our positive expectations for the future.]]>
<![CDATA[60 free wi-fi hotspots for Irish counties]]>
Counties Carlow, Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Limerick are among the counties that will receive four free wi-fi spots each.

Each county will receive four vouchers worth €15,000 from the European Commission to install free public WiFi.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the good news is, more free wi-fi hotspots are on the way.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish TV programmes to be accessible online within the EU]]>
New rules will make it easier for European broadcasters to make certain programmes available on their live TV or catch-up services online and the distribution of radio and TV channels by retransmission operators will also be simplified. 

41 per cent of Europeans watch TV online with 50 per cent aged 15-24 viewing on a digital device at least once a week.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says this development will make it easier for Irish people elsewhere in the European Union to access certain TV programmes made here.]]>
<![CDATA[Number of Irish disabled people in employment improves]]>
A new survey carried out by the Dublin-based EU agency EuroFound, shows that the number of employees with disabilities continues to grow.

Recent CSO figures revealed that over 643,000 people - or 13.5 per cent of Ireland’s population - are registered as being disabled.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says the number of disabled people in employment is improving but they continue to face obstacles. 
<![CDATA[EU reports over 100 cases of human trafficking in Ireland]]>
Over 68 per cent of the total recorded were women and girls.

The majority were trafficked for sexual exploitation.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says the official figure for Ireland may only be the tip of the iceberg. 

<![CDATA[Irish women behind men in EU digital economy]]>
New figures show that France, Sweden and Luxembourg have the highest female participation in digital activity.

19 per cent of Irish women work in the digital economy which is above the EU average of 16.7 per cent - putting us ahead of countries like Germany and Italy.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says Irish women are performing well but still lag behind the UK and Nordic countries.]]>
<![CDATA[EU proposes better vehicle safety features]]>
The Commission has proposed that cars, trucks and buses be equipped with advanced safety features such as sensors to alert drivers to pedestrians, cyclists and oncoming vehicles.

It is also seeking to provide financial assistance to Member States to remedy accident blackspots in order to make roads safer.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says that the Commission wants to extend the use of innovative safety features, which are currently only available to certain consumers. ]]>