EC Radio Ireland Reports http://www.ecradioireland.eu/ The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Mon, 16 Sep 2019 22:23:36 GMT <![CDATA[Ireland shows €2 billion shortfall in 2017 VAT revenue]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9446/
The figure amounts to almost 13 per cent of expected VAT revenue for that year.

The data is contained in a new report on the VAT gap from the Customs and Taxation Union Directorate-General.

Tim Hayes of the EU office in Dublin says there are a number of reasons for the VAT shortfall.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish concerns to get priority from new EU Trade Commissioner]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9445/
The current Agriculture Commissioner will take on one of the most important economic portfolios, as the new European Commission wants to pursue a strong, open and fair trade agenda, strengthening Europe’s role as a global leader.

Commissioner Hogan was Minister for the Environment here from 2011 to 2014, before becoming the European Commissioner for Agriculture from 2014 onwards.

Andy Klom, who is Deputy spokesperson for the EU Representation in Ireland, says having an EU Trade Commissioner who is Irish is important for Ireland as an open and export-oriented economy, and important for Europe as a whole.]]>
<![CDATA[Phil Hogan nominated new EU Trade Commissioner]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9444/
The former Agriculture Commissioner takes on the role as the EU enters a difficult phase to deal with the British exit from the European Union.

Commissioner Hogan was Minister for the Environment here from 2011 to 2014.

Details of his appointment were made in Brussels this morning by EU President-elect Ursula Von Der Leyen who described Phil Hogan as a tough negotiator.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish youth unemployment increases]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9442/
The figure, which represents the number of under-25s without a job, marks an increase of 0.9 per cent on July 2018 data.

New figures from Eurostat however show that the overall rate of unemployment in Ireland is now 5.3 per cent of the workforce.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says Ireland has one of the better workforce employment rates in the European Union.

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<![CDATA[Ireland has one of the lowest inflation rates in the EU]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9441/
New figures from Eurostat show that prices on most household items here only rose by 0.5 per cent during the past 12 months.

This means Ireland had the sixth lowest inflation increase out of 28 Member States.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says that inflation rates vary across the EU Member States.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish schools to get €3.3 million for Fruit and Veg scheme]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9443/
The money will fund the programme until the end of the school Summer term in 2020.

Last year 200,000 children in 1,345 Irish schools benefitted from the scheme.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says the funding also promotes education about healthy eating.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland records eighth lowest rate of car ownership in the EU]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9440/
New figures from Eurostat show we had 440 passenger cars for every one thousand inhabitants in 2017 - the 8th lowest figure in the EU.

Despite this, Ireland recorded the highest rate of cars less than two years old in 2017.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says Luxembourg tops the charts for car ownership in the EU.]]>
<![CDATA[A million signatures could lead to improved rights for 'uberised' workers]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9438/
People can log on to the EU Citizens' Initiative web page to register their desire for the Commission to look at strengthening the rights of so-called "uberised" workers.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says that new legislation will be considered if the petition gathers over one million signatures across the European Union.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish people buy more new cars than any other EU State]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9439/
Eurostat figures for 2017 show that 27.5 per cent of cars in Ireland are under 2 years old – the highest share of any EU Member State.

Meanwhile in Poland, 35 per cent of cars in use are over 20 years old.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission Office in Ireland says Irish motorists seem keen to drive newer cars.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland records EU's highest natural increase in population]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9437/
New figures from Eurostat show that the population increased by 15.2 people per 1,000 residents.

Although Malta and Luxembourg recorded slightly higher increases due mainly to immigration, the natural rise was highest in Ireland.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission Representation in Dublin, says the figures show that more births than deaths are occurring here annually.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland amongst worst in EU for coastal bathing water quality]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9436/
New figures from the European Environmental Authority provided to Eurostat reveal that Ireland is in the same category as Poland, Romania, Estonia and Bulgaria when it comes to the quality of coastal bathing water.

Slovenia and Malta top the list of 28 EU member States with 100 per cent of their beaches receiving an excellent rating.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says we rank poorly compared to certain Mediterranean countries.]]>
<![CDATA[Rise in complaints against airlines using Irish Airports]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9435/
Of 4,420 passenger queries dealt with last year, 2,319 were valid complaints.

As a result, airlines paid €390,000 in compensation to passengers affected by flight disruption.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says there are certain redress procedures the public can follow if flights are disrupted.]]>