EC Radio Ireland Reports The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:23:38 GMT <![CDATA[Irish unhappiest in Europe over car insurance]]>
However when it comes to unhappiness with services such as internet provision, Ireland is in the bottom three countries.

Grace Bolton is Head of Press with the EU Commission office in Ireland.

She says the figures show that Irish people are the unhappiest in Europe when it comes to car insurance costs.

<![CDATA[Ireland has highest rate of adults working less than a day a week]]> Compared to other EU countries, Ireland has a higher percentage of its population living in households in which adults work less than a day a week outside the home.

Figures from Eurostat show that almost one in five Irish people up to the age of 59 live in such households.

Slovakia is top of the working week with adults there working four out of five days per week on average.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says that Ireland's share of households with adults working below their potential is almost double the EU average of 9.3 per cent.

<![CDATA[EU Event in Galway for young Irish emigrants]]>
Youth workers, guidance teachers and those who work with young people will gather for a seminar to advise on the do's and don'ts of working on the EU mainland.

The event, which starts at 10am in Ballinasloe Library, will be opened by Independent MEP Marian Harkin.

Una Kelly of 'Europe Direct' in County Galway says the seminar will highlight the preparations young people need to make if they are to migrate elsewhere in the European Union.
<![CDATA[Irish men and women now spending 3.5 more years of their lifetime working]]>
When compared to 2000 figures, Irish people now clock up an extra 3.5 years in the work place during their lifetime. 

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin explained that this average increase is propelled by a dramatic increase in the number of years Irish women are spending in the workforce compared to 2000. ]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland scores well in the EU on appointing female managers]]>
New figures from the Dublin-based EU agency EUROFOUND have revealed that 37 per cent of Irish managers are female compared to the EU average of 36 per cent.

Lithuania at 45 per cent has more female managers than any other EU State while Greece at 26 per cent is bottom of the league.

Grace Bolton the EU Commission office in Ireland says the figures suggest that various types of management roles are not distributed equally, with female managers facing particular challenges.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish property prices rose at three times the EU average during past year]]>
According to new figures from Eurostat, only Slovenia at 13.4 per cent recorded a higher price rise than Ireland in the same period, while house prices fell by 1.7 per cent in Sweden and 0.2 per cent in Italy.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission in Ireland says that property prices in Ireland rose dramatically over the past year.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish Code Week starts today]]>
The objective is to raise greater awareness among young people regarding the potential benefits of learning computer coding.

It is hoped that 50 per cent of all schools across Europe will teach coding by 2020.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says coding is a great way for young people to learn how to build websites and access computer technology. ]]>
<![CDATA[EU Customs seized over 31 million items in 2017]]>
31 million fake and counterfeit goods worth over €580 million were seized by customs officials across the European Union last year.

65 per cent of items detained were transported by sea vessels.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says food items were top of the smuggling list.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish in top five EU countries for foreign aid donations]]>
New figures from Eurobarometer show that 40 per cent of Irish people report contributing to foreign aid in 2018. 

The Netherlands at 57 per cent is top for aid, followed by Sweden, Malta and Denmark.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says Irish people have clear views on the purpose and level of foreign aid contributions.
<![CDATA[Planning ahead: a December boost for online shopping across the EU]]>
From December, the EU is introducing new rules to prevent geo-blocking, a practice that limits the online purchase of goods from other EU countries.

This means that Irish shoppers will face fewer obstacles when trying to buy products from websites based in other EU countries.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says it also means that Irish traders can sell their goods more easily to consumers across the EU.]]>
<![CDATA[Increase in uncollected VAT in Ireland]]>
The study shows that in 2016 the Irish Government collected €1.6 billion less than theoretically possible.

Romania recorded the highest level of uncollected VAT at 35.8 per cent while Luxembourg at just 0.85 per cent was the best performer of the 28 EU States.

Tim Hayes of the EU Commission office in Dublin says the figures indicate that Ireland is collecting 11%  less VAT than expected and the gap is getting bigger. ]]>
<![CDATA[Major increase in Irish electricity generated from renewable sources]]>
This marks a three-fold increase on the 2006 figure when it stood at just 8.7 per cent.

The Eurostat figures for 2016 show that Austria tops the league table with 73.1 per cent of its electricity coming from renewable sources.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says the figure shows that Ireland's use of renewable sources for generating electricity is improving with each passing year.