Archive - March 2020

9524: EU ACTS TO GET MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO MARKET
Friday 27 March 2020
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The European Commission has stepped up its engagement with member States to maximise the availability of masks, gloves, gowns and other medical supplies.

The action will help companies from both EU and non-EU countries to start production swiftly and get products to the internal market more easily, while ensuring a high degree of safety.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says the move will ensure appropriate supplies are available to health professionals more quickly.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: sale, more quickly

9525: EU TO PROVIDE 30 MILLION EURO FOR STRUGGLING IRISH SMES
Wednesday 25 March 2020
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The European Commission has relaxed its State Aid rules under which Governments provide funding to businesses.

The Commission is advancing a payment of 30 million Euro to Ireland in structural funds to deal with the Covid-19 crisis.

The money is being used to ensure that healthcare products are distributed to the appropriate centres as quickly as possible.

Gerry Kiely, who heads up EU Representation in Ireland, says the money will assist health-related small and medium-sized businesses that are struggling because of difficulties caused by the virus.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: of the virus

9523: RATE OF DEATHS FROM TB CONTINUES TO DECLINE
Tuesday 24 March 2020
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The number of deaths from tuberculosis continues to decline in the European Union. 

Close on 3,700 people are dying from the respiratory disease every year according to new figures from Eurostat released today, World TB Day. 

Over half of those who are dying from tuberculosis are people aged 65 and older.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the rate of TB deaths in Ireland is below the EU average.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: per million inhabitants

9519: IRELAND HAS ONE OF LOWEST PROPORTIONS OF OVER 65S
Monday 23 March 2020
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The proportion of Ireland’s population aged over 65 is among the lowest in the EU.

New figures from Eurostat show that 13.2 per cent of our citizens are aged over 65.

The EU average is 19.2 per cent.

According to Grace Bolton of the EU office in Dublin, Italy has the highest share of over 65s in the European Union.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: Portugal and Bulgaria

9520: IRISH AMONG EU'S HIGHEST GENERATORS OF WASTE
Friday 20 March 2020
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The Irish generate some of the highest levels of municipal waste in Europe.

New figures from Eurostat show each of us creates an average 576 kilogrammes of waste annually – putting Ireland 7th highest in the EU league table.

According to Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin, Danish people generate the most waste.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: generated per person

9522: EU EXTENDS CAP APPLICATIONS DEADLINE FOR FARMERS
Thursday 19 March 2020
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The European Commission is extending the deadline for farmers to apply for direct payments under the Common Agricultural Policy.

Member States now have the option to make the new deadline for applications June 15th 2020 instead of May 15th.

The extension follows a request from the Italian authorities.

Gerry Kiely, Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says the extension is necessary as COVID-19 is causing problems for the farming sector.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: up that option

9516: IRELAND MATCHES EU AVERAGE ON PART-TIME WORKING
Friday 13 March 2020
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Three in ten Irish women now work part-time.

New figures from Eurostat show that the Irish male and female rate for part-time working is close to the EU average.

Grace Bolton, Head of Press for the European Commission in Ireland, says the Netherlands is tops in Europe for part-time working.  

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: work part-time

9517: IRELAND SWITCHED ON TO E-GOVERNMENT
Thursday 12 March 2020
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Irish people are slightly ahead of their European counterparts when it comes to engagement with Government departments via the internet.

New figures from Eurostat show that the figure is at its highest in the 25-34 years of age bracket, with 56 per cent usage. 

The rate of Irish people between 65 and 74 years of age engaging with State departments or e-government is just 23 per cent.

Grace Bolton, Head of Press for the European Commission in Ireland, says we have some way to go to catch up with Danish users of e-Government.   

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: cent in Denmark

9518: IRISH ENVIRONMENTAL SPEND LOWER THAN EU AVERAGE
Wednesday 11 March 2020
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Ireland is one of the poorest performers in the EU when it comes to spending on environmental protection.

New figures from Eurostat show we spend 0.4 per cent of our GDP income in this sector, behind the EU average of 0.8 per cent.

The Netherlands is top of the EU table, spending 1.4 per cent of its gross domestic income on environmental matters.

Gerry Kiely, who heads up the European Commission Representation in Ireland, says the spend is very disappointing.  

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: its green image

9515: IRELAND HAS THE LOWEST DOMESTIC HOUSE OVERCROWDING RATE IN THE EU
Friday 06 March 2020
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The percentage of homes occupied by Irish people which are classed as overcrowded is the lowest in Europe, according to new figures from Eurostat.

However the figures show that 10 per cent of non-nationals in Ireland live in overcrowded houses, which puts us third from the bottom.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the figures show significant levels of families in former Communist states live in overcrowded homes.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: living in Ireland

9514: IRELAND SPENDS THE LEAST ON DEFENCE IN THE EU
Thursday 05 March 2020
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Ireland spends the least amount of money on defence in Europe as a percentage of our GDP.

New figures from Eurostat show we are bottom of the EU defence spending table out of 27 member States.

Grace Bolton of the EU Representation in Ireland says the figures show that the Baltic States and countries such as Luxembourg, where the population is one third that of Dublin City, spend more on defence than Ireland.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: point 34 per cent

9513: ONE IN THREE IRISH PAY FOR JOBS WHERE TAX IS NOT DECLARED
Wednesday 04 March 2020
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The number of Irish people who pay cash for odd jobs where income tax is not declared is ahead of the EU average.

New figures from Eurobarometer show that 35 per cent of Irish people pay cash-in-hand for such services.

The EU average for such jobs, sometimes known as 'nixers', is 30 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the figures suggest that such payments are usually made for small maintenance jobs.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: cleaning and ironing