EC Radio Ireland Reports The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Tue, 25 Sep 2018 10:50:50 GMT <![CDATA[EU supports Member States to clamp down on outside interference in elections]]>
The move comes in advance of next year's elections to the European Parliament.

The Commission will propose to establish networks to promote online transparency, protect against cyber-security incidents and work against misinformation campaigns.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the proposals are aimed at ensuring that all future elections are fair, honest and free from outside influence.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish road death numbers continue to improve]]>
The EU-wide initiative is also known as 'Project Edward Day'.

Last year, no road deaths were recorded in the Republic of Ireland on 'Project Edward Day' while 43 fatalities occurred across Europe compared to the daily average of 70.

Grace Bolton of the EU Office in Dublin says Ireland's statistics on road fatalities are continuing to improve with each passing year.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish people complained most about UK cars and parts in 2017]]>
Most complaints related to faulty second-hand cars, warranties and issues with deposits. 

The study was carried out by the European Consumer Centre in Dublin and the Consumer Council of Northern Ireland.

Martina Nee of ECC Ireland says Irish consumers had a multitude of problems when it came to buying cars in the UK.]]>
<![CDATA[Dublin hosts EU Young Scientists' Contest]]>
139 students from 38 countries will compete for a 1st prize of €7,000 and 90 exhibits will be on display.

Ireland is represented by Simon Meehan, a student at Coláiste Choilm in Cork.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission says Ireland's great success in the 28-year history of the competition, is completely disproportionate to Ireland's size and the number of Irish students participating.]]>
<![CDATA[Time change could be determined by Irish Government]]>  
The European Commission is proposing to end the practice of adjusting clocks twice-yearly and agreement is being sought from the European Parliament and EU Member States. 
Ireland is more likely to apply wintertime all year round to avoid a situation where schoolchildren travel in the dark during winter months.
Grace Bolton of the EU Commission says that each Member State can decide to apply the time that best suits their climate and geography. ]]>
<![CDATA[Irish Government awaits Juncker State of the Union Speech]]>
Government officials in Dublin and London will be watching carefully to see if any reference is made to the ongoing talks on the UK exit from the European Union.

Grace Bolton is Head of Press with the European Commission Representation in Ireland.

She says Jean-Claude Juncker is expected to focus on a number of sensitive political issues.]]>
<![CDATA[EU may consider banning animal cages]]>
The European Commission has given the go-ahead for a petition to be launched, which could be the first step towards ending the practice.

The green light for the Citizens’ Initiative means that if organisers can collect enough signatures, the Commission will have to decide whether to propose legislation to ban the use of cages for housing laying hens, rabbits, ducks and geese.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says at least one million signatures are required for the Commission to consider the proposal.]]>
<![CDATA[EU allocates over €2 million to Irish schools to fight obesity]]>
The 'Food Dudes' scheme aims to promote healthy eating by pupils and students in the ongoing fight against obesity.

Under the scheme, money is allocated to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine which funds to the programme.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says the scheme is already producing positive results.

<![CDATA[Tipperary Judge appointed to EU Court of Justice]]>
The 60-year old judge, who is a native of Carrick-on Suir Co. Tipperary, is an expert on Irish constitutional law.

Grace Bolton of the EU office in Dublin says Gerard Hogan is being promoted to a highly influential position within the European Union. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sale of halogen bulbs in the the EU to be phased out]]>
From tomorrow, retail outlets across the 28 member States can only order L.E.D. bulbs, which are more energy efficient.

Household L.E.D. bulbs on average cost €2 per year to run and can last up to 20 years.

Grace Bolton of the EU office in Dublin says this is great news for Irish home owners and for the environment.]]>
<![CDATA[Carlow and Tipperary businesses to benefit from EU Ireland-Wales fund]]>
€1.3 million is to be made available through the Ireland-Wales programme to 60 businesses as part of the "Catalyst" scheme to develop new products and access to EU and global markets.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says the EU fund will be administered through the University of Wales via Carlow Institute of Technology as well as Carlow and Tipperary County Councils.]]>
<![CDATA[EU Energy project launch in County Offaly]]>
The project will provide integrated flywheel and battery storage technology to deliver cost-effective electricity services for national grids across the European Union.

The event at 'Schwungrad Energie', marks the culmination of a €2.9m EU Horizon 20/20 investment. 

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says the investment in County Offaly will greatly assist in reducing Ireland's carbon emissions.