EC Radio Ireland Reports The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 06:22:57 GMT <![CDATA[EC calls on Ireland to improve its management of electronic waste]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Check your rights on 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.]]>
<![CDATA[Commission takes Ireland to Court over package travel standards]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[40 per cent of Irish people spend their working 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.]]>
<![CDATA[End of the road for toll-dodging drivers]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish are the most optimistic about the future of the EU]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Three in ten non-EU citizens living in Ireland at risk of poverty]]>
The study also found that 13 per cent of citizens from other EU states living in Ireland are at risk of living in poverty.

The Czech Republic at 7.7 per cent recorded the lowest rate of non-EU citizens at risk.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission says Belgium recorded the highest rate of non-EU citizens at risk of poverty.]]>
<![CDATA[EU discovers large number of misleading e-commerce websites]]>
That's the main conclusion of a European Commission survey which found that 60 per cent of 560 sites examined were misleading consumers.

It reveals that 'special offers' on purchases were not authentic on 31 per cent of the sites, while 211 websites charged higher prices than originally offered by the time the consumer navigated all pages.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the majority of sites surveyed were misleading in some way.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish divorce rate still the lowest in the EU]]>
New figures from Eurostat for 2017 show that only 0.7 per 1,000 persons here formally divorced.

Marriage here is still above the EU average with 4.8 per 1,000 inhabitants compared to the EU average of 4.3.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the figures show that marriage remains a popular institution in Ireland. ]]>
<![CDATA[EU relaxes State-Aid rules for farmers in crisis]]>
The European Commission is increasing the amount of funds that governments can use to support farmers without seeking the Commission’s prior approval to grant state aid.

In times of crisis, national authorities can currently distribute €15,000 per farm over a three year period. This figure will rise to €20,000 and in certain cases €25,000 per farm over three years. 

Higher amounts of state aid can still be granted by Member States as long as the Commission agrees that action is proportionate to the crisis and does not create an uneven playing field that would distort the single market.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission says this initiative will greatly help EU Member States to rapidly support their farmers in times of unexpected crisis.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Cape Clear and Aran Islands selected for EU energy plan]]>
The two islands will develop a plan to become self-reliant by harnessing wind, solar power and sea waves.

24 other European islands inhabited by over 2,000 residents have been selected for the programme which will eventually benefit from EU funding.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says the initiative will see Cape Clear and the Aran Islands dramatically reduce their energy costs.

<![CDATA[ECC issue warning on booking flights through third-party websites]]>
The European Consumer Centre in Ireland says it has received complaints in relation to prices suddenly increasing at payment stage.

It also says that some sites do not allow time for connecting flights and sometimes the connecting flight isn’t even in the same airport.

Martine Nee of ECC Ireland says consumers have rights under EU law but need to be more vigilant when booking flights.]]>