EC Radio Ireland Reports http://www.ecradioireland.eu/ The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Sun, 29 Mar 2020 05:09:06 GMT <![CDATA[EU acts to get medical supplies to market]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9524/
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.]]>
<![CDATA[EU to provide 30 million Euro for struggling Irish SMEs]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9525/
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.

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<![CDATA[Rate of deaths from TB continues to decline]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9523/
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland has one of lowest proportions of over 65s]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9519/
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish among EU's highest generators of waste]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9520/
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.]]>
<![CDATA[EU extends CAP applications deadline for farmers]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9522/
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland matches EU average on part-time working]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9516/
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.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland switched on to e-government]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9517/
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.   

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<![CDATA[Irish environmental spend lower than EU average]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9518/
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.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland has the lowest domestic house overcrowding rate in the EU]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9515/
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland spends the least on defence in the EU]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9514/
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.]]>
<![CDATA[One in three Irish pay for jobs where tax is not declared]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9513/
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.]]>