EC Radio Ireland Reports http://www.ecradioireland.eu/ The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Mon, 13 Jul 2020 16:36:43 GMT <![CDATA[Notable increase in dangerous and deceptive EU imports]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9568/
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland now has the safest roads in the EU]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9567/
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.]]>
<![CDATA[BREAKING NEWS Euro Currency zone heading for recession]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9566/
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.

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<![CDATA[EU commits 22 billion Euro to upskill young people]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9564/
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish are high users of social media networks]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9565/
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.

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<![CDATA[Ireland among the highest solid fuel users in Europe]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9562/ 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.



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<![CDATA[Irish population to grow exponentially in the next 50 years]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9560/
A new EU report on demographic change reveals that the overall European population is projected to decline progressively after 2030.

The number of people over 65 across the EU will rise from 20 per cent in 2020 to 30 per cent by 2070.

According to Grace Bolton of the European Commission, the median age in Ireland will also rise significantly in the next 50 years.

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<![CDATA[Irish housing is the most expensive in the EU]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9561/
New figures from Eurostat show that we also pay more for alcohol and tobacco than any other EU State.

We also have the third highest transport costs in the EU.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says the Irish pay 77 per cent more on average for housing than our EU counterparts.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland now 6th in the EU for use of internet services]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9558/
With a score of 61.8 compared to the EU average of 52.6 in this year’s European Digital Economy and Society Index, Ireland has been the fastest growing digital EU State since 2015.

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

She says Ireland performs well across a range of categories, and is in top place for the integration of digital technology.]]>
<![CDATA[BREAKING NEWS EU commits €2.8 billion towards Covid-19 vaccine]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9559/
The Commission says it is hoped to have a vaccine in the market within the next 18 months.

The EU says it plans to look at a more co-ordinated approach to health management which is currently left to individual member States.

Gerry Kiely of the European Commission office in Dublin says the provision of such a vaccine will be affordable to all European citizens.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish believe corruption is widespread in Ireland]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9557/
The startling figure is published in a new survey by Eurobarometer. 

The survey also shows that 64 per cent of Irish people believe that corruption is part of the business culture here, while 53% think that the only way to succeed in business is to have political connections.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the survey revealed that seven per cent of Irish people know someone who has taken bribes.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland continues to have poor bathing water quality]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9554/
A new report from the European Environmental Agency ranks Ireland in the bottom 10 of 30 countries examined.

The report says the four poorest quality bathing sites in Ireland are at Merrion Strand, Sandymount Strand, Portrane Beach in Dublin and Clifden Beach in Galway.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says we lag behind the EU average when it comes to bathing water quality. 

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