Archive - May 2020

9549: ECC WARNING ON ROGUE WEBSITES
Friday 29 May 2020
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The European Consumer Centre is warning internet shoppers to be extra vigilant when buying online as a new wave of rogue traders has emerged during the Covid-19 outbreak.

It says online scammers are offering medical items, sub-standard protective equipment and health products which are deceptive.

268 websites across the 27 member-States have been investigated by the EU Commission for dubious sales practice.

Diana Valentine of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin is warning internet shoppers to be careful when buying online.

Interviewee: Diana Valentine | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: high demand items

9548: YOUNG IRISH WOMEN REPORT BEING THE LONELIEST IN THE EU
Thursday 28 May 2020
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Despite comparatively high overall levels of life satisfaction and optimism in Ireland, young Irish women report being the loneliest of any nationality in the European Union.

A new study says that young women in Ireland aged between 18 and 35 also report being among the most depressed in Europe.

The survey was carried out last month by the Dublin-based EU agency "Eurofound."

Spokesperson Mary McCaughey says young people across Europe report being more likely to feel depressed, lonely and anxious than those aged 35 and over - and in Ireland, young women are more likely to feel this way than young men.

Interviewee: Mary McCaughey | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: the European Union

9547: (EMBARGO: 12.30PM WEDNESDAY) EU COMMISSION TO UNVEIL MASSIVE ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE
Wednesday 27 May 2020
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The European Commission will unveil plans later today for its biggest ever stimulus package to kick-start the stalled EU economy.

Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen will announce proposals at lunchtime that are expected to exceed one trillion euro.

Comprised mainly of loans and grants for businesses, the measures will require the backing of EU member-States.

Gerry Kiely, head of EU representation in Ireland, says the money could be available for struggling businesses as early as September.   

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: September this year

9546: EU TO UNVEIL MEASURES AIMED AT REDUCING CARBON EMISSIONS
Wednesday 20 May 2020
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The European Commission will announce a series of measures today (Wednesday) aimed at driving improvements in agricultural practice to help in the fight against climate change.

The package will address animal welfare, pesticides and areas where bio-diversity can be improved to protect the environment.

The measures will be part of the massive EU 'Green Deal' aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

Gerry Kiely, Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says the initiative will ensure that farmers are compensated for changes in output. 

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: to be taken

9542: IRISH PEOPLE MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE COMPARED TO EU AVERAGE
Monday 18 May 2020
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Irish people are more optimistic about the future than most of their EU counterparts despite the Covid-19 outbreak.

A new survey from the Dublin-based EU agency EUROFOUND carried out last month shows that 59 per cent of Irish people feel optimistic about the future compared to the EU average of 45 per cent.

This is despite the fact that 32 per cent of Irish respondents reported they lost their jobs (or contracts in the case of self-employed) either temporarily or permanently due to the COVID-19 crisis, compared to an EU average of 28 per cent.

Mary McCaughey of Eurofound says Irish trust in institutions has remained comparatively high in the past number of weeks despite the pandemic.

Interviewee: Mary McCaughey | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: areas, however have

9545: ACCEPTING FLIGHT CANCELLATION VOUCHER IS AT THE DISCRETION OF CONSUMER
Wednesday 13 May 2020
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The European Consumer Centre says it's at the discretion of the consumer to accept an airline voucher for a flight cancellation.

Earlier today the European Commission said airlines must give passengers refunds for cancelled flights and can not force them to accept vouchers instead.

The Commission also called on EU member states to gradually re-open internal borders where the improving health situation allows. 

Diana Valentine of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says while the EU Commission believes a cash refund is the primary means of reimbursement, the decision to accept a voucher is the choice of the initial purchaser.

Interviewee: Diana Valentine | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: these or not

9544: EU TO ENCOURAGE AIRLINES TO OFFER INCENTIVES FOR CANCELLED FLIGHTS
Wednesday 13 May 2020
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A range of measures will be published by the European Commission today aimed at bringing the tourism sector back to life.

The Commission will unveil details on how to restore safe transport and connectivity offering Member States proposals to put in place to minimise Covid-19 infections.

Measures for dealing with cancelled flight bookings will also be announced.

Gerry Kiely, of the EU office in Dublin, says that if airlines want passengers to accept vouchers rather than a reimbursement for cancelled flights then they need to make them attractive.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: of the airlines

9543: EU TO UNVEIL MEASURES TO ASSIST TOURISM SECTOR
Wednesday 13 May 2020
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The European Commission will publish a range of measures later today (Wednesday) aimed at revitalising the ailing tourism sector.

The so-called 'road map' will address health and safety protocols for tourism locations and accommodation centres.

It's also expected to announce details on relaxing EU internal borders.

Gerry Kiely, who heads up EU representation in Ireland, says the guidelines unveiled today will assist in getting the sector back to business.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: risk of contamination

9541: IRELAND SEES DECLINE IN NURSING NUMBERS
Tuesday 12 May 2020
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Ireland recorded the biggest decrease of nurses in the European Union last year.

New figures from Eurostat show that the number of nurses and midwives in the Irish health service fell by 0.6 per cent.

Today, May 12th, is the International Day to recognise the nursing profession.

Grace Bolton of the EU office in Dublin says despite the decline in numbers, Ireland is above the EU average when it comes to the number of nurses and midwives as a percentage of the overall workforce.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: one per cent

9537: EU IS 70 YEARS OLD TODAY (SATURDAY)
Saturday 09 May 2020
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ITEM FOR TOMORROW, SATURDAY 9 MAY, OR FOR PREVIEW TODAY, FRIDAY 8 MAY

Today (Saturday) is EU Day and marks the official origins of the European Union on May 9th 1950.

The creation of the German-French Coal and Steel arrangement by Robert Schuman has led us to the modern-day European Union.

27 Countries are currently in the EU and applications are pending from Macedonia, Serbia and Albania.

Gerry Kiely, who heads up EU representation in Ireland, says the objectives of May 9th 1950 are more significant today than ever before. 

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: medically and economically

9539: ALMOST TWO IN FIVE IRISH PEOPLE STRUGGLE TO PAY UNEXPECTED BILLS
Thursday 07 May 2020
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The proportion of Irish people who struggle to pay for unexpected expenses is above the European average.

New figures from Eurostat show that almost two in every five people in Ireland are unable to meet them. 

The EU average is 32 per cent with a peak in Croatia where 52 per cent of people are struggling to pay such bills.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says many everyday occurrences result in unexpected bills.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: the european average

9540: BREAKING NEWS IRISH ECONOMY TO CONTRACT BY 7.9% IN 2020
Wednesday 06 May 2020
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The EU Spring 2020 Economic Forecast is projecting that the euro area economy will shrink by a record 7.75% in 2020 but will grow by 6.25% in 2021. 

The report, published today, says Irish GDP will contract by 7.9% in 2020 but will grow by 6.1% in 2021.

The EU unemployment rate is forecast to rise from 6.7% in 2019 to 9% in 2020 and then fall to around 8% in 2021.

Gerry Kiely who heads up EU Representation in Ireland says 2020 will be a difficult year but economies will improve in 2021.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: a repeat lockdown

9538: EU UNVEILS FINANCIAL PACKAGE FOR FARMERS
Tuesday 05 May 2020
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The European Commission has announced a package of financial measures to support sectors of the farming community.

The Commission is to grant private storage aid for butter, cheese and skimmed milk powder as well as beef, sheep and goat-meat products.

The scheme will allow the temporary withdrawal of products from the market for a minimum of 2 to 3 months and aims to rebalance the market in the long-term.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the package will help individual farmers to agri-food businesses.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: support this area

9534: EU COMMISSION REJECTS COVID-19 CRITICISM
Monday 04 May 2020
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The European Commission is rejecting claims that it is not doing enough to combat the spread of the Corona virus.

The Commission has been criticised for not putting a dedicated co-ordinated plan in place to tackle the pandemic.

Gerry Kiely is Head of EU Representation in Ireland.

He says it's the function of EU member States to apply appropriate measures relative to their own domestic circumstances.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: with that objective

9536: IRELAND’S TODDLERS WERE AMONG LEAST LIKELY TO ATTEND FORMAL CHILDCARE SETTINGS
Friday 01 May 2020
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New figures have been revealed which show that, before the pandemic, Ireland’s toddlers were among the least likely in Europe to participate in formal childcare settings.

According to Eurostat, just 12 per cent of Irish children under the age of three received at least 30 hours of formal childcare per week – compared to 55 per cent in Denmark.

41 per cent of Irish children under the age of three were cared for exclusively by their parents.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says we still have some way to go to catch up with the EU average of 20 per cent.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: of twenty per cent