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# European Commission

Last week
21st May 2023 - 27th May 2023
# apple tax row
EU commission's appeal against €14.3 billion Apple and Ireland tax ruling to be heard today
Successive Irish Governments and Apple have argued that the company does not owe the State the allegedly unpaid tax.
This month
May 2023
# EU case
State yet to protect natural sites such as Killarney Park and Burren despite Europe court case
Killarney National Park is thought of as one of Ireland’s “jewels in the crown” in terms of flora and fauna.
Last month
April 2023
# Aidan O'Hara
Irish diplomat was attacked in Sudan during robbery by 'armed men wearing military fatigues'
A European Commission spokesperson was unable to confirm if Monday’s incident was a targeted attack.
This year
# Podcast
The Explainer: What is it like to be a humanitarian on the ground in Ukraine right now?
Presenter Sinéad O’Carroll speaks with Claudia Amaral, head of office with DG ECHO in Kyiv, about her work. What type of assistance do people need the most? What stories has she heard from people on the ground? And how long will her work be needed?
# Economic Forecast
Worldwide tech job cuts having ‘no visible impact’ on Irish labour market
The European Commission has revised upwards its forecasts for economic growth this year in Ireland.
# Asylum Seekers
EU agrees tougher rules for failed asylum-seekers as leaders call for border surveillance
The measures are a response to increasing European concern over rising irregular immigration.
# Water quality
Ireland referred to EU court over ‘insufficient’ efforts on water quality laws
An EU directive issued more than 20 years ago requires that all inland and coastal waters reach a minimum of ‘good’ status by 2027.
Last year
# Facebook
Facebook Marketplace breaches EU antitrust laws, says Commission
The Commission said it takes issue with Meta tying Facebook Marketplace to the Facebook social networking service.
# Brexit
NI Secretary a 'glass half-full man' on Northern Ireland Protocol negotiations
The UK and EU are hoping to strike a compromise deal on the contentious post-Brexit trading arrangements.
# deforestation
EU to ban products which contribute to deforestation
Importing companies will have to show that their products are deforestation-free.
# Leinster House
Ursula von der Leyen to address TDs and Senators on visit to Dublin
The European Commission President will meet with Taoiseach Micheál Martin and President Michael D Higgins.
# energy supports
European Commission approves €1.2 billion energy support scheme for businesses
Businesses who qualify for the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme will receive 40% of the increase in its energy bills.
# join the club
Brussels recommends EU countries give Bosnia candidacy status to join bloc
The process to join the European Union can take many years.
# record temperatures
Europe has recorded the hottest summer on record
Temperatures were the highest on record for both the month of August and the summer (June-August) as a whole.
# Russia
EU lays out new hurdles for Russian visa applicants
The proposed new regime is expected to win quick approval from member state capitals in the days ahead.
# Sea Sick
EU to examine complaints of UK dumping sewage into sea
Waters around France, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark could be impacted.
# pushback
European Commission takes Hungary to court over LGBTQ law
Hungary’s so-called ‘anti-paedophilia’ law bans the “promotion” of homosexuality and gender reassignment to under-18s.
# Europe
EU to slash growth forecast again as high inflation persists
The European Commission is to hike its expectations for inflation.
# Backsliding
Why is the EC releasing funds to Hungary and Poland in face of democracy threat?
Both countries have strongly denied allegations of corruption and judiciary interference, despite rulings from the ECJ and proceedings by EC.
# cancer crackdown
European Commission seeks ban on flavoured heated tobacco products
The devices heat tobacco up to 350°C, lower than the 600°C of conventional cigarettes.
# It's Pronounced Nuclear
Irish MEPs split on potential EU classification of nuclear energy as green
A full vote on the proposed changes is set to take place in Strasbourg next month.
# Energy Crisis
Warnings issued over possible EU energy rationing as concerns raised over backsliding to coal
Ireland’s EU Commissioner Mairead McGuinness said that energy rationing could “be a reality”.
# Ukraine
Zelenskyy travels to war-torn city of Mykolaiv as fighting rages on in Donbas
Even though EU membership could still be years away, Zelenskyy called the decision a “historic achievement”
# Ukraine
Ukraine moves closer to EU membership as Boris Johnson makes surprise visit to Kyiv
The European Commission recommended “candidate status” membership for Ukraine after the EU’s major leaders visited Kyiv.
# common charger
EU agrees deal to make standard charger for all smartphones despite Apple objections
The requirement will come into effect from late 2024 for most devices but laptops will be given more time.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Did the EU ban crown symbols from appearing on pint glasses in the UK?
The Mail on Sunday made the claim yesterday.
# energy shift
EU proposes 300 billion-euro roadmap to ditch Russian energy
The investment initiative is meant to help the bloc start weaning itself off Russian fossil fuels this year.
EU cuts eurozone growth forecast as Ukraine invasion inflates energy costs
Ireland is still expected to be the second fastest growing economy in the eurozone, with GDP set to increase by 5.4%.
# Brussels
EU Commission plans to force web firms to combat child sex abuse images
The plan calls for a European centre to combat child sexual abuse, based in The Hague and working with police agency Europol.
# russian invasion
Ukraine forces accuse Russia of firing during evacuation of Mariupol steel plant
Ukrainian fighters say “assault operations” continued despite a ceasefire.
# Ukraine
EU, US and UK pledge to remove ‘selected’ Russian banks from Swift system
The move came hours after Moscow ordered troops to advance in Ukraine ‘from all directions’.
# Ads
Publishers aim to 'break Google's stranglehold' over advertising with antitrust complaint
The European Publishers Council has lodged the complaint with the European Commission.
# Energy
EU sets out green label proposal for gas and nuclear power
At least five Irish MEPs said last month that they plan to oppose the contentious proposal.
# post brexit checks
Checks for goods between Northern Ireland and Britain not fit for purpose, say EU officials
Simon Coveney held a call with UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, as negotiations between the UK and the EU continue.
# ce mark
EU experts to discuss Genrui antigen tests after people report hundreds of false positives
Irish retailers have taken the at-home Covid-19 test kits off the shelves.
All time
Land grab: How agri-subsidies encourage farmers to cut back on nature
A report by
Niall Sargent and Ella McSweeney
Carbon emissions-heavy dairy and livestock farming rewarded over environmental efforts.
The EU's multi-billion euro farm subsidy model is driving up emissions & hitting nature hard, writes Niall Sargent and Ella McSweeney in new Noteworthy investigation
Irish farmers are being financially penalised for maintaining biodiversity hotspots
€100 billion of farm subsidies for climate action have had little impact on emissions, EU audit finds
# Endangered Species
Commission raps Ireland for 'persistently failing' to manage protected nature sites
Just over 60% of our 600-plus legally protected nature areas have conservation objectives.
# Violence
MEPs vote to make gender-based violence a crime in the EU
Ursula von der Leyen said legislation would be drawn up by the end of this year.
# NI Protocol
Brexit: Von der Leyen tells Johnson ‘we will not renegotiate’ over Northern Ireland
The European Commission President said the EU and UK must jointly work to ensure stability in the North.
# Obesity
Ireland has the second highest obesity rate in the EU
Research found that only Malta had a higher share of its population rated as obese.