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9593: ECC reminds customers to apply for refunds if holidays were cancelled
Wednesday 30 September 2020
The European Consumer Centre says most people who booked package holidays this year but were unable to travel are entitled...
9592: EU to tighten up customs arrangements
Monday 28 September 2020
The European Commission is to tighten up its customs arrangements to help improve trade. Under a new Action Plan, EU member...
9589: EU concerns over driverless vehicles
Thursday 24 September 2020
The European Commission says that more work needs to be done before driverless cars become part of everyday life. In a report published...
9590: EU talks on new Migration Policy begin today
Wednesday 23 September 2020
The European Commission will begin talks today on reforming its migration policy. The proposed Migration Pact will focus on returning economic migrants, strengthening...
9588: Only one in four Irish women hold senior management roles
Wednesday 23 September 2020
Ireland continues to lag behind the rest of Europe when it comes to women in senior management positions. New figures from Eurostat...
9587: EU to create to new vaccine and medical device department
Wednesday 16 September 2020
The European Union is to create a biomedical advanced research and development unit to be prepared for future pandemics. Known as...

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9593: ECC REMINDS CUSTOMERS TO APPLY FOR REFUNDS IF HOLIDAYS WERE CANCELLED
Wednesday 30 September 2020
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The European Consumer Centre says most people who booked package holidays this year but were unable to travel are entitled to refunds.

It says full refunds apply to all-in packages.

However people who booked elements of their holiday independently may have fewer rights depending on the circumstances.

Dr. Cyril Sullivan of ECC Ireland says consumers have numerous protections in this area under EU law.

Interviewee: Cyril Sullivan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: individual holiday items

9592: EU TO TIGHTEN UP CUSTOMS ARRANGEMENTS
Monday 28 September 2020
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The European Commission is to tighten up its customs arrangements to help improve trade.

Under a new Action Plan, EU member States will enforce greater compliance on the importation of goods from countries outside the European Union.

Tighter controls will also be applied in the e-commerce area to address tax evasion and fraud.

Gerry Kiely, Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says the measures are aimed at preventing revenue losses which run into billions of Euro. 

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: go and flourish

9589: EU CONCERNS OVER DRIVERLESS VEHICLES
Thursday 24 September 2020
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The European Commission says that more work needs to be done before driverless cars become part of everyday life.

In a report published this week, an EU expert group highlighted recommendations to ensure a safe and ethical transition towards driverless vehicles.

The report identified several ethical dilemmas relating to road safety and privacy in particular.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin explains that it is important to establish responsibility in case of accidents caused by driverless vehicles.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: with driver-less vehicles

9590: EU TALKS ON NEW MIGRATION POLICY BEGIN TODAY
Wednesday 23 September 2020
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The European Commission will begin talks today on reforming its migration policy.

The proposed Migration Pact will focus on returning economic migrants, strengthening EU external borders and encouraging safer passage to Europe for refugees needing protection.

Ireland has the right to opt out of EU migration policy – a position confirmed when voters here endorsed the Lisbon Treaty in 2009.

Gerry Kiely, Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says despite the Irish right to opt-out, the Government here has voluntarily agreed to participate in the EU relocation and resettlement schemes.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: to do that

9588: ONLY ONE IN FOUR IRISH WOMEN HOLD SENIOR MANAGEMENT ROLES
Wednesday 23 September 2020
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Ireland continues to lag behind the rest of Europe when it comes to women in senior management positions.

New figures from Eurostat show that just over one in every four top managers in this country is female.

Grace Bolton is Head of Press with the European Commission representation in Ireland.

She says the figures show that Ireland ranks 14th out of 27 Member States when it comes to the percentage of women holding senior management positions. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: way to go

9587: EU TO CREATE TO NEW VACCINE AND MEDICAL DEVICE DEPARTMENT
Wednesday 16 September 2020
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The European Union is to create a biomedical advanced research and development unit to be prepared for future pandemics.

Known as BARDA, it will develop vaccines and medical devices.

Details were announced in Brussels this morning by European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen in her first State of the Union address.

She told MEPs and European Commission officials that the new BARDA agency will be ready for health crises as they emerge.

Interviewee: Ursula Von Der Leyen | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: or deliberate origin

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