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7391: EC calls on Ireland to improve its management of electronic waste
Tuesday 19 March 2019
The European Commission is calling on the Government here to improve the way it manages the disposal of electronic waste such as...
8390: Check your rights on World Consumer Rights Day
Friday 15 March 2019
Today - Friday - is World Consumer Rights Day. Government agencies around the globe are reminding people to check their rights...
7390: Commission takes Ireland to Court over package travel standards
Thursday 14 March 2019
The European Commission is referring Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to implement EU rules designed to ensure agencies...
7389: 40 per cent of Irish people spend their working day sitting down
Thursday 07 March 2019
Four out of ten Irish workers spend their day sitting down. A new Eurostat report shows that the rate in Ireland is...
7387: End of the road for toll-dodging drivers
Wednesday 06 March 2019
The days of European drivers not paying road tolls in Ireland will be at an end in the coming months. A new EU...
7388: Irish are the most optimistic about the future of the EU
Tuesday 05 March 2019
The Irish are the most optimistic about the future of the European Union. A new Eurobarometer study published today shows that...

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7391: EC CALLS ON IRELAND TO IMPROVE ITS MANAGEMENT OF ELECTRONIC WASTE
Tuesday 19 March 2019
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The European Commission is calling on the Government here to improve the way it manages the disposal of electronic waste such as computers, TV-sets, fridges and mobile phones.

Across the EU, this kind of waste is expected to grow to more than 12 million tonnes by 2020. If not properly managed, it can cause major environmental and health problems because of its hazardous content.

Grace Bolton, Head of Press with the European Commission in Dublin, says the Commission has identified a number of shortcomings in how the Irish authorities process electronic waste which the Government now has two months to address.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: life in danger

8390: CHECK YOUR RIGHTS ON WORLD CONSUMER RIGHTS DAY
Friday 15 March 2019
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Today - Friday - is World Consumer Rights Day.

Government agencies around the globe are reminding people to check their rights if they have had a bad experience with a trader.

In Ireland, consumers can receive free advice and assistance on such issues from the European Consumer Centre in Dublin.

Martina Nee of ECC Ireland says there are simple tips to follow to ensure redress where a dispute occurs with an unfaithful business or website.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: to the Trader

7390: COMMISSION TAKES IRELAND TO COURT OVER PACKAGE TRAVEL STANDARDS
Thursday 14 March 2019
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The European Commission is referring Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to implement EU rules designed to ensure agencies offering package holidays give clear information, particularly on the full cost and any additional charges.

In 2015, Member States agreed to give legal footing to a range of enhanced protections for consumers which also included stronger cancellation rights, clearer rules on liability, refunds and repatriation in case organisers go bankrupt.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the case is being referred to the ECJ because the Government here has still not fulfilled its obligations to protect tourists.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: Court of justice

7389: 40 PER CENT OF IRISH PEOPLE SPEND THEIR WORKING DAY SITTING DOWN
Thursday 07 March 2019
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Four out of ten Irish workers spend their day sitting down.

A new Eurostat report shows that the rate in Ireland is very much in line with the EU average.

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

She says workers in the Netherlands spend more time sitting down than any other nationality in the EU.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: out of ten

7387: END OF THE ROAD FOR TOLL-DODGING DRIVERS
Wednesday 06 March 2019
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The days of European drivers not paying road tolls in Ireland will be at an end in the coming months.

A new EU Directive has been agreed, enabling Member States to exchange car registration details of foreign motorists who drive through electronic tolls without paying so that tolls can be collected in their country of residence.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says it's the end of the road for toll-dodging drivers.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: sent the bill

7388: IRISH ARE THE MOST OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE EU
Tuesday 05 March 2019
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The Irish are the most optimistic about the future of the European Union.

A new Eurobarometer study published today shows that 86 per cent of Irish people are optimistic about the future of the EU.

The survey also shows that 70 per cent of Irish people surveyed believe it is not in Ireland's best interest to leave the European Union whereas 76 per cent believe that their interests are well taken account of in the EU.

Gerry Kiely of the EU office in Dublin says the Report shows that Irish people are the most content with EU membership.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: the European Union

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