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# EU Commission

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2022
# Cost of Living
EU might not give the green light on VAT reduction on fuel until May
Mary Lou McDonald has called for a 0% VAT rate for a period of time on domestic energy bills.
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# tax back
EU says Apple court win was based on ‘contradictory reasoning’
The claim was made in legal documents outlining an appeal.
# brexit transition
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern believes Brexit transition period should be extended due to the Covid-19 pandemic
Ahern said that negotiators could decide on Sunday that they need more time.
# Financial Services
Mairead McGuinness confirmed as Ireland's new EU Commissioner
The Fine Gael MEP will replace Phil Hogan, who resigned in the wake of the Golfgate scandal.
# Here EU go
Mairead McGuinness and Andrew McDowell named as Ireland's nominees to replace Phil Hogan as EU Commissioner
The government has been discussing the matter for a number of days.
# golfgate
Coalition leaders to resume talks on Phil Hogan's replacement
A number of high-profile names are in the mix.
# unrelenting pressure
From a trickle to a torrent: How days of revelations made Phil Hogan's position untenable
The unending revelations from GolfGate took a toll on the trade commissioner.
Voices
'Europe must emerge stronger from this crisis': A message from EU Presidents von der Leyen, Sassoli and Michel
On Europe Day, marking the Schuman declaration in 1950, the three presidents of the EU, Commission and Parliament share thoughts on Covid-19 and the future for Europe.
# vouchers
Taoiseach: 'I want to see Ryanair and Aer Lingus operating in August'
The Taoiseach has said passengers are entitled to cash refunds.
# Covid-19
'No scientific evidence to substantiate 5G theories': Eamonn Holmes clarifies controversial comments
The presenter came in for criticism for stating that it is “very easy” to dismiss the 5G theory “because it suits the state narrative”.
# European Parliament
A tango in the jungle: Phil Hogan targets US and China in trade brief grilling
“There’s nothing for free when it comes to trade,” Hogan told MEPs this evening.
# beef talks
'Dominant' retailers must join beef protest negotiations, says IFA
Talks will take place today with the Beef Plan Movement.
# Brexit
Ireland must prepare for 'ugly truths' of no-deal Brexit, warns Coveney
The cabinet will today consider the latest plans to prepare Ireland for the possible consequences of Brexit.
# EU Commission
'Let's get serious': EU leaders to meet again amid deadlock in election of new Commission chief
Talks ended without an agreement in Brussels yesterday.
# car insurance
Insurance Ireland 'confident' over online data system despite EU Commission investigation
The EU Commission announces yesterday that it will investigate whether Insurance Ireland practices are restricting competition.
# tax loophole
High Court Master says case could be taken against Ireland over special tax treatment given to vulture funds
Edmund Honohan has said there are many similarities to be drawn with the Apple case being taken.
# resting in my account
We now know who'll be holding onto the Apple billions that are destined for Ireland
The money will be held in an escrow account subject to an appeal by Ireland.
# U-turn
The EU has scrapped the 90-day limit on free roaming charges
The commission announced the original ‘free roaming’ plans with huge fanfare last year, but when it unveiled the details earlier this month consumer groups were outraged by a limit of 90 days of free roaming per year.
# Don't Hold Back
'Utter balderdash': Nobel-winning economist slams government's decision to appeal Apple windfall
Joseph Stiglitz said it was ‘utterly mystifying’ that the government didn’t just take the €13 billion awarded in the European Commission’s decision.
# bad apples
With €13 billion, Ireland could build Metro North, Dart Underground and solve the homeless crisis
While any back taxes reclaimed from the multinational may need to be used to pay down our €200 billion national debt, it’s worth considering what Apple’s unpaid taxes would buy.
# sweetheart deal
Government to appeal this week's EU decision to force Apple to pay up to €19 billion in back taxes
The EU is to rule this week that Apple got a special tax deal in Ireland over a period spanning from 1991 to 2007.
# Bills Bills Bills
Irish Water have finally stopped sending out bills - here's what it means to you
Households will longer receive Irish Water bills from this month, as the suspension of water charges begins to take tangible effect.
# Water wars
"Bullying the populace into submission" - TDs aren't happy about Enda's comments on water charges
Kenny has made comments in a newspaper interview about the controversial charges.
# over and out
Phil Hogan is officially no longer a TD
From Saturday, he’ll be the European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development.
# hogan knows best
Big Phil's finally been named in the Agriculture job (and farmers are delighted)
He’ll face a grilling from ‘Ming’ and Sinn Féin before the role is secure, but the Kilkenny politician’s widely expected to be confirmed as planned next month…
# big bill
Here's how much Phil Hogan will be earning as EU Commissioner...
Swag-riculture Commissioner.
# the commish
My "track record of delivering" won me EU role, says Hogan
Phil Hogan’s been named as Agriculture Commisioner. His record of “being able to deliver in difficult circumstances” swung the job for him, he says.
# EU Commission
READ: Nessa Childers' attack on Phil Hogan over social housing
She said Hogan’s appointment in Europe would be “a step backwards for equality.”
# SMEs
'When it comes to state tenders, there is a fear of small businesses'
The EU says Ireland breached a directive in tendering for Eircode.
# no derailment
SME groups welcome EU report but warn they are still in 'survival mode'
The EU Commission report found that lending to SMEs still remains weak.
# low carbon economy
Draft climate change legislation to be unveiled today
The draft legislation will set out how Ireland is to meets its emissions targets.
# health risks
‘Little evidence’ that moderate mobile phone use is associated with cancer
Investigating radio frequency fields associated with mobile phones and children should be a ‘high priority’ said the EU Commission.
# Pylons
EU report fails to find conclusive evidence linking pylons with health risks
The report states that more research is needed to enable draw any conclusion into possible health risks.
# Environment
Inishowen residents take 24-year wastewater plant dispute to Europe
Plans to build a wastewater plant on the Foyle estuary have been opposed by Donegal locals since 1989.
# Burning Bondholders
Paying unguaranteed bondholders was unfair, admits former IMF chief
Speaking to the IMF, Ajai Chopra went on to say that eurozone partners had stopped Ireland from imposing haircuts on senior creditors.
# Brussels
EU Budget for 2014 agreed after marathon overnight talks
A 400 million fund to help countries hit by flooding and drought had been one of the main stumbling blocks in the negotiations.
# Joseph Stiglitz
Nobel economist says Ireland is looking at a "lost decade" after austerity
Josph Stiglitz said that austerity has been shown historically not to work and implementing such policies after 2008 was a bigger mistake then the choices made before the crash.
# Heritage
EU Commission assessing if demolition of Kilkenny ‘heritage house’ is in breach of EU directive
A local group has said that there is a medieval gable wall at one of the houses but the council said there is not yet sufficient evidence of this.
# fish fight
Coveney opposes EU plans on mackerel quotas
The European Commission is attempting to end a dispute with Iceland and the Faroe Islands over fishing rights in the north-east Atlantic.