EC Radio Ireland Reports The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Thu, 01 Oct 2020 18:18:55 GMT <![CDATA[ECC reminds customers to apply for refunds if holidays were cancelled]]>
It says full refunds apply to all-in packages.

However people who booked elements of their holiday independently may have fewer rights depending on the circumstances.

Dr. Cyril Sullivan of ECC Ireland says consumers have numerous protections in this area under EU law.]]>
<![CDATA[EU to tighten up customs arrangements]]>
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[EU concerns over driverless vehicles]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[EU talks on new Migration Policy begin today]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Only one in four Irish women hold senior management roles]]>
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[EU to create to new vaccine and medical device department]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[EU pledges to reduce carbon emissions by 55 per cent over next ten years]]>
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[European Commission President says 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Von Der Leyen prepares for today's State of the Union speech]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[TikTok joins EU online hate speech Code of Conduct]]>
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.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Young Irish adults leave the family residence at 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.

<![CDATA[Ireland is second most expensive country in EU for alcohol]]>
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.