EC Radio Ireland Reports http://www.ecradioireland.eu/ The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 15:57:41 GMT <![CDATA[Irish least likely people in Europe to report pollution]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9447/
New figures from Eurostat show that 26 per cent of Maltese people have made a report, making them the most vigilant in the EU, followed by 24 per cent of Germans.

The figure for Irish people is just 5.3 per cent.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Dublin says there are a number of reasons why Irish people don't report pollution.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish train travel amongst the lowest in Europe]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9448/
Just three per cent of every kilometre travelled in Ireland is by train compared to the EU average of eight per cent.

The statistics from Eurostat are published as the European Union marks Mobility Week which runs until Sunday September 22nd.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says however, we are ahead of our European counterparts when it comes to bus travel.]]>
<![CDATA[EU invites local authorities to apply for free public WiFi]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9449/
Local authorities have until 4pm this Friday September 20th to apply on the WiFi4EU online portal.

This is the third of four calls to local authorities in Ireland to take advantage of free public WiFi.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says this is a wonderful opportunity to connect Irish public spaces to the World Wide Web.]]>
<![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.]]>