EC Radio Ireland Reports The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:38:28 GMT <![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. ]]>
<![CDATA[EU Commission protects consumers from internet geo-blocking]]>
The European Commission’s rule to prevent unjustified internet geo-blocking takes effect this week.

This means that Irish people can buy products from websites based in other EU Member States without being redirected to an Irish-specific version of that website that often had higher prices. It should also be possible to have goods delivered to Ireland and to pay with an Irish credit or debit card.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says this development will give more choice to consumers and opens new markets to retailers. ]]>
<![CDATA[Irish applicants sought for free EU travel programme]]>
Applicants must be 18 years old on December 31st 2018 and be available to travel between April 15th and October 31st 2019 for a maximum period of 30 days.

The deadline to apply is 11am on December 11th and the Commission is encouraging more young people with special needs to apply for this round of the competition.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says more details are available at HashtagDiscoverEU.]]>
<![CDATA[Value of Irish exports to EU trade partners more than doubles in 17 years]]>
New figures from the European Commission show that this export activity kept 700,000 Irish people in work.

The statistics reveal that one in every three Irish jobs depends on exports.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says that successful EU trade deals have facilitated the increase in Irish exports.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish most supportive of Euro currency]]>
Irish approval of the currency is the highest in the Euro Area.

Within other Euro Area countries, the average approval rating of the Euro is 64 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says there are several reasons for the positive attitude in Ireland towards the Euro currency.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish average life expectancy rises by five years]]>
A new EU 'Health at a Glance' Report shows that Irish people on average are now living to 81.5 years.

This puts us above the EU average of 80.6 years.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says changes in diet and lifestyle are contributing to improved outcomes.]]>
<![CDATA[ECC Black Friday Shopping Advisory]]>
The reminder comes in the light of Black Friday today and Cyber Monday next week, the two days which generally record the highest level of online shopping in advance of Christmas.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre says people who purchase online within the EU have a 14-day cooling off period to change their minds if they are unhappy with their purchase.]]>
<![CDATA[Notable fall in Irish awareness of antibiotics]]>
Figures from Eurobar also show that Ireland, on 40 per cent, had the fourth highest use of antibiotics last year after Italy at 47%, and Malta and Spain, both at 42%.

Jonathan Claridge of the EU Commission office in Dublin says Irish use of antibiotics is way above the EU average and a growing number of people are unaware of when they should be used.]]>
<![CDATA[Most Irish want rid of one and two-cent coins]]>
A new Eurobar survey shows that Irish dissatisfaction with these particular coins is the second highest in the EU just after Finland.

Ireland, at 86 per cent, also has the highest share of people who think the Euro currency has made travelling easier and less costly. 

Jonathan Claridge of the EU Commission office in Dublin says one and two-cent coins are proving to be unpopular in this country.]]>
<![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.  ]]>