Archive - April 2020

9535: EU PUBLISHES COVID-19 GUIDELINES TO ENSURE SAFE RETURN TO WORK
Wednesday 29 April 2020
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The EU Commission has published a series of guidelines advising businesses on how to return to work when the Covid-19 pandemic passes.

The "Covid-19: Guidance for the Workplace" web page provides a list of do's and don'ts for employers and employees.

It outlines a series of measures aimed at ensuring proper procedures are maintained to ensure maximum safety while maximising work practice.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the aim of the guidelines is to ensure safe conditions for employers and employees.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: after the lockdown

9531: IRISH ONLINE SALES CONTINUE TO GROW
Monday 27 April 2020
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More and more Irish businesses are selling goods online.

New figures from Eurostat show that 36 per cent of Irish companies sold goods via the internet in 2019.

Grace Bolton is Head of Press with the European Commission office in Dublin.

She says the amount of Irish goods sold online last year was up five per cent on the 2018 figures.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: with seven per cent

9533: EU 'DIGITAL TOOLBOX'' ADVISES COVID-19 APPS DEVELOPERS ON THEIR LEGAL LIMITATIONS
Thursday 23 April 2020
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The European Commission has issued guidelines for developers looking to bring out contact-tracing apps in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The guidelines provides a list of do's and don'ts for the creation of apps to allow people to use mobile phones to detect people nearby infected with Covid-19.

The instructions are part of a common co-ordinated approach to support the gradual lifting of confinement measures, as set out in a Commission Recommendation last week.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says the so-called EU 'digital toolbox' advises app developers on their legal limitations in the current crisis.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: with public health authorities

9532: INCREASE IN IRISH PEOPLE SHOPPING ONLINE
Wednesday 22 April 2020
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Online shopping is continuing to increase across the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that 67 per cent of Irish adults bought online last year.

This marked an increase of eleven per cent on 2018 figures.

However, according to Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin, we lag way behind people in Scandinavia for shopping on the internet.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: citizens shoping online

9530: EU PUBLISHES ROADMAP ON HOW TO EMERGE FROM COVID-19 CRISIS
Wednesday 15 April 2020
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The European Commission has published what it calls a 'roadmap' to bring all of Europe out of the Covid-19 crisis together.

The Commission has published three principles - namely that action must be based on science and have public health at its centre, while balancing social and economic remedies.

It says action must be coordinated between the Member States to avoid negative spillover effects.

Gerry Kiely, who is Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says the main objective of the roadmap is to ensure that all countries’ actions complement each other so that we can emerge from the crisis as rapidly as possible.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: across the EU

9529: EU COMMISSION RECOMMENDS "ROADMAP" TO BRING EUROPE BACK TO PRE-COVID 19 NORMALITY
Wednesday 15 April 2020
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The European Commission has announced a number of recommended criteria needed to end the Covid-19 lockdown measures across the EU.

They include a sound epidemiological criterion that show a significant decrease in the spread of coronavirus over a period of time.

The Commission is also recommending that lockdown measures should be lifted gradually across the European Union.

Gerry Kiely, who is Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says the recommendations are aimed at ensuring all of Europe returns to a normal medical and economic situation as soon as possible.

 


Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: soon as possible

9527: MORE POLISH PEOPLE GRANTED IRISH CITIZENSHIP THAN ANY OTHER NATIONALITY
Friday 03 April 2020
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More people from Poland have been granted Irish citizenship in the past two years than any other nationality.

New figures from Eurostat show that immigrants from Romania were second on the list when it came to receiving Irish passports.

The number of people from the UK granted Irish citizenship surpassed those from India in the past two years.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says more people from Morocco were granted EU citizenship than any other nationality.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: citizens became Irish

9526: IRISH SPEND ON HEALTHCARE REMAINS LOW
Thursday 02 April 2020
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Ireland continues to be one of the lowest spenders on healthcare in the EU as a proportion of its GDP.

The spend here is 7.2 per cent of gross national income while the EU average is 9.9 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says Irish spend per capita is way behind countries like France and Germany.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: GDP on healthcare

9528: IRISH COMPANY RECEIVES MAJOR EU GRANT FOR COVID-19 TEST
Wednesday 01 April 2020
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An Irish company is to receive ten million Euro from the EU Commission to develop a rapid test for COVID-19.

Hibergene Diagnostics in Sandyford, Dublin is one of 17 companies in Europe to benefit from an overall EU grant of €48.5 million.

Gerry Kiely is Head of EU Representation in Ireland.

He says this financial commitment from the EU is a major vote of confidence in Irish expertise.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: the research area