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# EU

European Commission: 'No evidence' that far-right used Irish language online during riots
An EU official was reported to have made the claim this week.
This week
26th November 2023 - 1st December 2023
EU member states reach preliminary agreement on reducing industrial emissions
The deal would “reduce harmful emissions from industry and improve public access to information,” the European Council said.
Last week
19th November 2023 - 25th November 2023
Exit poll in Dutch election shows Geert Wilders’ far-right party looks set to win most seats
If confirmed in the final results, Wilders’ victory marks a sharp lurch to the right.
Last month
November 2023
Ireland referred to EU court over failure linked to work-life balance rules
A Work-Life Balance Directive adopted in 2019 aims to protect people’s professional and private lives.
Deirdre Clune becomes second Fine Gael MEP to announce decision not to re-run
MEP for Ireland South Deirdre Clune will not run for the European Parliament again next year.
EU reaches deal to reduce methane gas emissions from energy sector
Methane emissions are one of the biggest drivers of climate change.
Final deal on contentious EU nature restoration law gets divided reception in Ireland
Farmers have voiced their concerns about the legislation, which has been welcomed by the Green Party.
Hungary's Prime Minister says he will not support negotiations on Ukraine joining the EU
Viktor Orban said Ukraine was not in a position to begin talks on joining the trading bloc
EU opens probes into YouTube and TikTok over child protection measures on platforms
Both companies must provide the requested information to the Commission by 30 November.
EU executive recommends opening formal membership talks with Ukraine and Moldova
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hailed the move as the “right step” for Europe.
Frances Fizgerald says she will not run again in next European election
The Fine Gael politician and former Tánaiste has been an MEP for the Dublin constituency since July 2019.
EU to ban Meta from using personal data to target ads
It follows the company’s decision to allow users in Europe to pay for ad-free access to its services.
October 2023
Varadkar says EU needs to double down on political, military and financial support for Ukraine
Yesterday, Slovakia announced that it was stopping military aid to the war-torn country.
‘Too early to say’ if Ireland will be asked to pay more towards future EU budgets, Donohoe says
The Minister for Public Expenditure was at the EU summit in Brussels today.
Varadkar fears if EU reaches position to call for ceasefire it will be 'after a lot more people have died'
Taoiseach says in some ways he hopes the EU will not have to call for a ceasefire as it will probably mean that things have escalated in the region.
The EU plan to increase the energy rating of all buildings could cost up to €1 trillion
A report by
Muiris O'Cearbhaill
The plan is trying to bring most of the buildings in Europe up to an A energy rating by 2050.
The EU wants to retrofit all buildings across the 27 member states by 2050
The plan has run into resistance among some EU members countries
EU leaders call for 'corridors and pauses' for Gaza, but fall short of demanding a 'ceasefire'
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he would push for a humanitarian ceasefire to be called.
EU leaders were in talks for hours but ultimately called for a 'pause' rather than using the word 'ceasefire' in its statement.
Leo Varadkar said earlier there as a need to 'compromise'.
The talks between the 27 EU leaders will continue tomorrow
Hamas releases list of 7,000 names of Gazans killed since 7 October, as Biden rejects estimates
'I don't plan on raising it again': Varadkar rules out speaking to von der Leyen about Israel comments at EPP summit
Martin calls for 'humanitarian pause' in Gaza conflict at meeting of EU leaders
Micheál Martin is in Luxembourg for a meeting of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council
EU opens disinformation probes into Meta and TikTok over spread of Israel-Hamas content
The platforms have until 25 October to detail what measures they are taking to counter the spread of misleading content.
EU extends warning about disinformation surrounding Israel-Hamas war to YouTube bosses
Fake or manipulated images have been uploaded to the app in recent days, an EU Commissioner said.
How X, formerly Twitter, is platforming a deluge of misinformation about the Israel-Hamas war
Misinformation spread rapidly on the Elon Musk-owned site, including claims relating to Ireland’s stance on the conflict.
EU warns Musk X spreading 'illegal' disinformation after Hamas attack
EU commissioner Thierry Breton said there are indications the platform is being used to ‘disseminate illegal content and disinformation’.
Irish Government says claim it refused to call Hamas a 'terror organisation' is false
The DFA stated that it is ‘categorically false’ that Ireland
'Battle of flags doesn't help’: Irish politicians condemn Israeli flag on EU Commission building
Minister Eamon Ryan has said Ireland has been consistent in its support of the Palestinian people.
Poland and Hungary clash with EU leaders at informal summit over new migration proposals
The Polish and Hungarian leaders prevented the leaders from including migration in a joint statement of the summit’s conclusions, causing the meeting to end on a sour note.
Taoiseach: Ireland may pay EU countries rather than accept more refugees under migration pact
Leo Varadkar was speaking at the European Political Community Summit, where he also held a meeting with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
MEPs push to scrap airline charges for carry-on luggage and to standardise dimensions
The resolution states that ‘reasonable’ carry-on luggage should be free of charge.
EU reaches 'historic' new migration deal to help ease pressure on Italy and Greece
The new deal will seek to relieve the pressure on so-called ‘frontline’ countries, such as Italy and Greece, by relocating some arrivals to other EU states.
September 2023
European speakers of parliament urge for better protections against abuse towards politicians
Hate speech and violence towards politicians is posing a “serious challenge” to the functioning of democracy.
TikTok launches High Court challenge against €345m DPC fine over processing of children’s data
The Data Protection Commission imposed the fine last month after it investigated TikTok’s privacy settings and features.
'Easier said than done': Micheál Martin on UK Labour leader's comments about reopening Brexit deal
Keir Starmer has promised to seek a major rewrite of the Brexit negotiations if he wins the next election.
President Higgins accuses UN of ‘losing credibility’ amid warning over climate change
Higgins also criticised the EU for promoting a “US style” of agriculture addressing the National Ploughing Championships.
EU Chief Ursula von der Leyen to visit Italian island struggling with migrant arrivals
Italian Deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini called the migrant arrivals an “act of war”.
Poland extends its embargo on Ukrainian grain after EU lifts sanctions in five member states
The ban, placed on the grain in May, restricted imports in five member states seeking to protect their farmers.
EU Chief vows 'agriculture and protection of the natural world can go hand in hand'
Farmers in Ireland this week protested over changes to the nitrate derogation limit which they say will impact their livelihoods.
Opinion: If proper funding is provided, farmers can recover from the nitrates derogation blow
Dr Catherine Conlon says the nitrates derogation is an opportunity for farmers to reduce productivity and meet EU Nature Restoration targets if funding issues are addressed.
Syrian family loses EU lawsuit against Frontex deportation, despite lodging asylum request
The EU General Court determined that border protection agency Frontex was not responsible for the underlying decision to remove the family, only Greece was.
EU labels tech giants 'gatekeepers', announcing new law aimed at cracking down on monopolies
One of the law’s main aims is to stop larger players crushing the progression of smaller potential rivals by gobbling them up through takeovers.
EU chief von der Leyen warns that wolf packs are a 'real danger' in Europe
The EU launched a review of laws protecting wolves from hunters and farmers today.
August 2023
Brexit a driver in rise of English and Welsh people holding Irish passports, UK figures suggest
Figures show a five-fold increase in people born in England and Wales holding both British and Irish passports.