EC Radio Ireland Reports The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Tue, 01 Dec 2020 07:56:46 GMT <![CDATA[ECC Ireland advises Cyber Monday shopping with established brands]]>
It says dubious websites are plentiful at this time of the year aimed at misleading the public into paying for goods which are either sub-standard or may never arrive by post.

Dr. Cyril Sullivan of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says online purchasing with established brands is always safer in the end.]]>
<![CDATA[ECC Ireland issues Black Friday warning]]>
Online shoppers are being warned to be vigilant about dubious offers that may be too good to be true.

Over one million Irish online transactions are expected to take place tomorrow to take advantage of pre-Christmas bargains.

Diana Valentine of the European Consumer Centre in Ireland says shoppers should be wary in particular of free-trial deals.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland records the largest fall in part-time employment]]>
The share of people here employed on part-time contracts between April and June this year was down 14.5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.

The decline in employment on temporary contracts was also notable with some EU States recording drops by as much as 20% or more while the fall in Ireland was 15 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission Office in Dublin says the figures show that low paid employees are suffering the most from Coronavirus.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish woman elected as VP of the European Movement]]>
Noelle O'Connell from Blarney in Co. Cork is currently Head of the European Movement in Ireland.

The European Movement has membership in 34 countries and provides input to decision makers in Brussels on issues of public concern.

Noelle O'Connell says having an Irish voice at the top table is crucial at this time as the transition period of Brexit draws to a close.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish roads among the safest in Europe]]>
The latest figures from the European Commission show an average death rate across Europe of 52 fatalities per 1 million inhabitants in 2018 compared to Greece where the rate was 161 deaths per million residents.

Leinster and the Midlands recorded the lowest rate of road fatalities in Ireland in 2018 with 22 per one million inhabitants. 

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says the EU's 'Vision Zero' programme aims to reduce the number of road fatalities by half over the next ten years.

<![CDATA[EU loans Ireland €2.5 billion to cover ongoing Covid costs]]>
The low-interest loan is being offered to Ireland as part of the EU SURE scheme which is funding Covid-19 expenditure.

The payment for Ireland brings the overall EU financial support programme to €90.3 billion covering 18 Member States. 

Gerry Kiely, who heads up EU representation in Ireland, says the €2.5 billion will cover all State costs that are Covid-related.]]>
<![CDATA[New EU Agenda to tackle online scams and products' green credentials]]>
The Agenda will addresses how to increase consumer protection and resilience during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will also include an action plan to deal with product safety on low-standard items from China.

Gerry Kiely, who heads up EU representation in Ireland, says proposed legislation will take into account the evolving digital revolution and carbon-neutral targets as much current regulation is insufficient.]]>
<![CDATA[EU Health Union Plan gets go ahead]]>
The outbreak of Covid 19 resulted, initially, in a lack of co-ordinated planning across Europe to prevent the spread of the virus.

Under new proposals the European Union will be the most prepared area on the planet for future health crises as they arise.

Gerry Kiely, Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says the new Health Union Plan will be the envy of the world.

<![CDATA[ECC making progress on holiday refunds]]>
Lockdown measures have left tens of thousands of summer and winter holiday makers experiencing difficulty securing refunds and vouchers.

Dr. Cyril Sullivan of ECC Ireland says his office is hoping to have this problem solved by the end of next month. 

<![CDATA[Women continue to lose out in gender pay gap]]>
On average, women in the European Union earn 14% less than men and for every €1 men earn, women earn 86 cents, equating to two months working for free in a calendar year.

The European Union marks November 10th as the day when women symbolically stop getting paid compared to their male colleagues for doing the same job.

Grace Bolton from the European Commission Office in Dublin says a gender-sensitive recovery is needed to address the pay gap. 
<![CDATA[Irish rail industry hardest hit in Europe due to Covid 19]]>
Figures from Eurostat for the period April, May, June 2020 show that numbers here fell by 94% compared to the same quarter in 2019.

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

She says the rail industry here has been the hardest hit of the 27 member States.

<![CDATA[Irish are third in Europe for jobs in sport]]>
Three in every 1,000 people in this country are now employed in the sports sector compared to the EU average of just over two.

New figures from Eurostat show that Sweden leads the pack where nearly six people in every 1,000 work in sport.

According to Grace Bolton of the European Commission in Dublin, sport plays a big part in the Irish economy.]]>