Archive - July 2020

9576: ECC IRELAND CALLS ON DISGRUNTLED PUBLIC TO GET IN TOUCH OVER JOURNEY CANCELLATIONS
Friday 31 July 2020
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The European Consumer Centre is advising members of the public who have experienced flight cancellations to contact its website.

It says EU citizens whose flight, sea or land journey is cancelled due to Covid-19 have certain legal rights under EU Law.

Similar rights are not afforded to citizens outside the European Union.

Diana Valentine of ECC Ireland said more information and assistance can be had by logging on to eccireland.ie.

Interviewee: Diana Valentine | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: European Consumer Centre

9577: EU COMMISSION STEPS UP FIGHT TO TACKLE CHILD SEX ABUSE
Thursday 30 July 2020
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The European Commission has launched a five-year strategy to improve the fight against child sex abuse.

It is estimated that 1 in 5 children in Europe are victim to some form of sexual violence.

Europol, the European policing agency, has found that the Covid-19 pandemic correlates with the increased sharing of abuse images online. 

Grace Bolton, spokesperson for the EU Commission office in Ireland, says the fight against child abuse will be tackled in three ways.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: in member States

9575: ECC IRELAND REPORTS INCREASE IN COMPLAINTS ON CANCELLED BOOKINGS
Wednesday 29 July 2020
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The European Consumer Centre in Dublin says it has received over four thousand complaints a month since March over cancelled flights.

The majority of the Coronavirus-related complaints relate to refunds on bookings made earlier in the year.

Diana Valentine is Head of Press with ECC Ireland.

She says sea and land trips are also causing immense concern amongst consumers.

Interviewee: Diana Valentine | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: and land journeys

9574: COVID-19 SEES MASSIVE DECREASE IN EU TOURIST ACCOMMODATION NIGHTS
Friday 24 July 2020
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The number of nights spent in tourist accommodation across Europe fell by 62 per cent in the month of March according to new figures from Eurostat.

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was actually a small improvement in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation with increases of 5% and 6% in January and February respectively.

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

She says the new statistics reveal that April was one of the worst months ever on record for tourism accommodation in Europe.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 09 seconds | Outwords: in tourist accommodation

9572: EU APPROVES IRISH STATE-AID TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS
Thursday 23 July 2020
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Irish plans to fund a reduction in carbon emissions have been given the green light by the European Commission.

The decision means companies can bid for contracts to install technologies that will reduce our carbon outputs by 70 per cent in the next ten years. 

The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme, with an estimated total budget of between €7.2 billion and €12.5 billion, will run until 2025.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Ireland says the decision will attract experts in the market place who will reduce our carbon output.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: and do this

9573: IRELAND JUST BEHIND EU AVERAGE FOR BIRTHS OUTSIDE MARRIAGE
Wednesday 22 July 2020
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Almost four out of every ten babies in Ireland are now born outside marriage.

The figure for Ireland of 38 per cent is below the EU average of 42 per cent, according to Eurostat.

The rate in Ireland is up from 31 per cent 20 years ago.

According to Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin, the lowest birth rate outside marriage is in Greece.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 08 seconds | Outwords: births outside marriage

9571: COUNTRIES THAT FAILED TO REFUND IRISH HOLIDAY MAKERS TO BE CHALLENGED IN COURT
Friday 17 July 2020
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The European Commission is to take legal action against ten countries for failing to comply with EU law on cancelled package holidays.

Ireland is not one of the countries but a significant number of Irish people whose package holidays in Europe were cancelled, have lost out financially.

The infringements arise from the Covid-19 crisis.

Diana Valentine of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says the legal action should see affected Irish people get refunds.

Interviewee: Diana Valentine | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: Portugal among others

9569: VAST MAJORITY OF IRISH AGREE WITH FREE MOVEMENT OF EU CITIZENS
Thursday 16 July 2020
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The percentage of people in Ireland who agree with the free movement of citizens within the EU is the highest in the European Union.

90 per cent of Irish people believe free movement brings overall benefits to the economy, a rate matched only by Poland in a report by Eurobarometer.

It shows the EU average approval rate is 84 per cent while French people were bottom of the table at 74 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says seven out of ten Irish people agree that EU citizens should be able to vote in other Member States.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: other member States

9570: IRELAND HAS JOINT LOWEST DIVORCE RATE IN THE EU
Wednesday 15 July 2020
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Ireland and Malta continue to have the lowest divorce rates in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show there are 0.7 divorces per 1,000 people in both countries.

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

She says Latvia and Lithuania have the highest divorce rates in the European Union.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: per thousand people

9568: NOTABLE INCREASE IN DANGEROUS AND DECEPTIVE EU IMPORTS
Thursday 09 July 2020
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More and more dangerous products are being imported into the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that in 2019, toys were the most notified product category followed by motor vehicles and electrical appliances.

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

She says there was a notable increase in deceptive cosmetics imported in to Ireland.

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

9567: IRELAND NOW HAS THE SAFEST ROADS IN THE EU
Wednesday 08 July 2020
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It's official: Ireland now has the safest roads in the European Union.

The latest figures from Eurostat show that 29 people per million died on Irish roads in 2018, making us the best performers in the EU.

1972 was the worst year on record here when 640 people - or almost two per day - died on Irish roads.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says the death rate on Irish roads is just above half the EU average.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: on the roads

9566: BREAKING NEWS EURO CURRENCY ZONE HEADING FOR RECESSION
Tuesday 07 July 2020
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The Euro currency zone economy will slide further into recession this year and rebound slightly in 2021, according to the European Commission.

The Commission said today that the 19 countries that operate the single currency would see their economies contract by a record 8.7 per cent this year before growing by 6.1 per cent next year.

Gerry Kiely is Head of EU Representation in Ireland.

He says it could be two years at the earliest before economic activity returns to normal.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: in to 2022

9564: EU COMMITS 22 BILLION EURO TO UPSKILL YOUNG PEOPLE
Friday 03 July 2020
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The European Commission is to spend €22 billion to help get young people into work over the next five years.

The money will target people between the ages of 15 and 29.

The Commission has found that this age bracket is the most isolated across the EU when it comes to skills, trades and professions.

Gerry Kiely of the European Commission office in Ireland says the money for Ireland will be spent across a range of areas.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: the employment system

9565: IRISH ARE HIGH USERS OF SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS
Thursday 02 July 2020
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Irish people are among the highest users of social media in the European Union.

New statistics show that in the 16 to 24-year age group, the participation rate is 89 per cent, or almost nine out of every ten people.

The figures from Eurostat show that in the age bracket 16-74, we are 11th out of 27 member States for engaging in digital networks.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says Irish people are way ahead of most of our European counterparts.

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

9562: IRELAND AMONG THE HIGHEST SOLID FUEL USERS IN EUROPE
Wednesday 01 July 2020
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Ireland is the second highest user of solid fuel such as coal and wood in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that at 50 per cent, we are also the second highest consumer of oil.

Grace Bolton is head of Press with the European Commission Representation in Ireland.

She says the figures show Irish people are also the second lowest users of renewable energy across the 27 member-States.



Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 09 seconds | Outwords: Slovakia coming last