Archive - Spetember 2020

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

9586: EU PLEDGES TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS BY 55 PER CENT OVER NEXT TEN YEARS
Wednesday 16 September 2020
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The European Union is planning to reduce carbons emissions from 40 per cent to 55 per cent by 2030.

Details of the plan were announced this morning in Brussels by European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen.

In her first State of the Union address, she said Europe aims to be the first carbon-neutral continent on planet Earth.

Speaking in the European Parliament she said feedback from across Europe is calling for greater reductions in carbon emissions. 

Interviewee: Ursula Von Der Leyen | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: 55 per cent

9585: EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESIDENT SAYS BRITISH WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT CANNOT BE CHANGED
Wednesday 16 September 2020
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The President of the European Commission says the British Withdrawal Agreement cannot be changed.

Ursula Von Der Leyen launched a stinging attack on the British Government this morning in her first State of the Union address.

She told the European Parliament that talks on the transition deal between the EU and UK have not progressed.

The Commission President said the EU will not row back on the Withdrawal Agreement to endanger peace on the island of Ireland. 

Interviewee: Ursula Von Der Leyen | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: track on that

9584: VON DER LEYEN PREPARES FOR TODAY'S STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH
Wednesday 16 September 2020
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Final touches are being made in Brussels to the State of the Union speech which will be delivered this morning (Wednesday) by European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen.

The speech will be made at 8am Irish time and is being delivered at a time when relations between the EU and UK are strained over Brexit.

Gerry Kiely is Head of EU Representation in Ireland.

He says Ursula Von der Leyen's speech is expected to focus mainly on mitigating COVID-19 and fighting climate change.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: in that context

9583: TIKTOK JOINS EU ONLINE HATE SPEECH CODE OF CONDUCT
Friday 11 September 2020
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There's good news this week for users of TikTok.

The Service, which allows users to share fun video in short bites, has signed up for the EU Code of Conduct against illegal online hate speech.

TikTok is the ninth partner to adopt the Code after well known names such as Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat.

Grace Bolton, Head of Press with the European Commission Representation in Ireland, says this is another positive step towards eradicating online hate rhetoric.  

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: all its users

9582: YOUNG IRISH ADULTS LEAVE THE FAMILY RESIDENCE AT 27
Thursday 10 September 2020
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Young Irish people now leave the family home for independent living at an average age of 27.

New figures from Eurostat show that young women move out of the family residence slightly earlier than young men do.

The data shows that people leave the family home in Sweden at 17.8 years, 21.1 years in Denmark and 21.8 years in Finland.

According to Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin, Croatians are the oldest when they leave home at 31.8 years.


Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 10 seconds | Outwords: the Nordic countries

9581: IRELAND IS SECOND MOST EXPENSIVE COUNTRY IN EU FOR ALCOHOL
Wednesday 09 September 2020
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Ireland is now the second most expensive country in Europe for beer, wine and spirits after Finland.

New figures from Eurostat show that in 2019, the price of alcohol across EU States was more than twice as high in the most expensive Member State than it was in the cheapest one.

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

She says the cost of alcohol in Ireland is twice the EU average.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: the EU average

9580: IRELAND HAS ONE OF THE LOWEST DEATH RATES IN THE EU FROM ASSAULT
Monday 07 September 2020
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Ireland has one of the lowest rates of death from assault in Europe.

Recent annual average figures from Eurostat show that a total of 3,124 people died as a result of an assault in the EU since 2016.

The EU assault-related death rate stands at 0.7 per 100,000 inhabitants .

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says the highest rate of fatalities occurred in Baltic States.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: occurring in Ireland

9579: IRISH PAY DEARLY FOR BREAD AND CEREALS
Thursday 03 September 2020
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Ireland is one of the most expensive countries in the EU for bread and cereals.

Irish people pay 15 per cent more for these items compared to the average EU citizen, according to new figures from Eurostat.

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

She says bread and cereals are most expensive in Denmark.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: bread and cereals

9578: IRISH PAY MORE FOR MEAT PRODUCTS THAN THE AVERAGE EU CITIZEN
Wednesday 02 September 2020
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The price of meat products are two per cent more expensive in Ireland than the EU average.

New figures from Eurostat show that we pay more for meat than most EU States even though Ireland is one of the biggest producers per capita in the world.

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

She says meat products are cheapest in Poland and Romania at under half the average EU price. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: The EU average