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#European Commission

# european-commission - Thursday 30 June, 2022

Why is the EC releasing funds to Hungary and Poland in face of democracy threat?
# Backsliding
# Backsliding

Why is the EC releasing funds to Hungary and Poland in face of democracy threat?

Thu 6:00 AM 10,767 Views 2 Comments

Both countries have strongly denied allegations of corruption and judiciary interference, despite rulings from the ECJ and proceedings by EC.

# european-commission - Wednesday 29 June, 2022

European Commission seeks ban on flavoured heated tobacco products
# Cancer Crackdown
# Cancer Crackdown

European Commission seeks ban on flavoured heated tobacco products

Wed 4:29 PM 8,084 Views 6 Comments

The devices heat tobacco up to 350°C, lower than the 600°C of conventional cigarettes.

# european-commission - Saturday 25 June, 2022

Irish MEPs split on potential EU classification of nuclear energy as green
# It's Pronounced Nuclear
# It's Pronounced Nuclear

Irish MEPs split on potential EU classification of nuclear energy as green

Jun 25th 2022, 9:30 AM 14,744 Views 43 Comments

A full vote on the proposed changes is set to take place in Strasbourg next month.

# european-commission - Tuesday 21 June, 2022

Warnings issued over possible EU energy rationing as concerns raised over backsliding to coal
# Energy Crisis
# Energy Crisis

Warnings issued over possible EU energy rationing as concerns raised over backsliding to coal

Updated Jun 21st 2022, 5:13 PM 25,088 Views 42 Comments

Ireland’s EU Commissioner Mairead McGuinness said that energy rationing could “be a reality”.

# european-commission - Saturday 18 June, 2022

Zelenskyy travels to war-torn city of Mykolaiv as fighting rages on in Donbas
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Zelenskyy travels to war-torn city of Mykolaiv as fighting rages on in Donbas

Updated Jun 18th 2022, 1:57 PM 15,215 Views 8 Comments

Even though EU membership could still be years away, Zelenskyy called the decision a “historic achievement”

# european-commission - Friday 17 June, 2022

Ukraine moves closer to EU membership as Boris Johnson makes surprise visit to Kyiv
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Ukraine moves closer to EU membership as Boris Johnson makes surprise visit to Kyiv

Updated Jun 17th 2022, 4:07 PM 46,684 Views 44 Comments

The European Commission recommended “candidate status” membership for Ukraine after the EU’s major leaders visited Kyiv.

# european-commission - Tuesday 7 June, 2022

EU agrees deal to make standard charger for all smartphones despite Apple objections
# Common Charger
# Common Charger

EU agrees deal to make standard charger for all smartphones despite Apple objections

Jun 7th 2022, 3:05 PM 25,776 Views 44 Comments

The requirement will come into effect from late 2024 for most devices but laptops will be given more time.

# european-commission - Monday 30 May, 2022

FactCheck: Did the EU ban crown symbols from appearing on pint glasses in the UK?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Did the EU ban crown symbols from appearing on pint glasses in the UK?

May 30th 2022, 4:40 PM 28,564 Views 0 Comments

The Mail on Sunday made the claim yesterday.

# european-commission - Wednesday 18 May, 2022

EU proposes 300 billion-euro roadmap to ditch Russian energy
# Energy Shift
# Energy Shift

EU proposes 300 billion-euro roadmap to ditch Russian energy

May 18th 2022, 4:14 PM 20,950 Views 13 Comments

The investment initiative is meant to help the bloc start weaning itself off Russian fossil fuels this year.

# european-commission - Monday 16 May, 2022

EU cuts eurozone growth forecast as Ukraine invasion inflates energy costs
# PREDICTION
# PREDICTION

EU cuts eurozone growth forecast as Ukraine invasion inflates energy costs

May 16th 2022, 3:30 PM 9,395 Views 12 Comments

Ireland is still expected to be the second fastest growing economy in the eurozone, with GDP set to increase by 5.4%.

# european-commission - Wednesday 11 May, 2022

EU Commission plans to force web firms to combat child sex abuse images
# Brussels
# Brussels

EU Commission plans to force web firms to combat child sex abuse images

May 11th 2022, 1:15 PM 3,528 Views 4 Comments

The plan calls for a European centre to combat child sexual abuse, based in The Hague and working with police agency Europol.

# european-commission - Friday 6 May, 2022

Ukraine forces accuse Russia of firing during evacuation of Mariupol steel plant
# Russian Invasion
# Russian Invasion

Ukraine forces accuse Russia of firing during evacuation of Mariupol steel plant

Updated May 6th 2022, 2:42 PM 19,457 Views 30 Comments

Ukrainian fighters say “assault operations” continued despite a ceasefire.

# european-commission - Sunday 27 February, 2022

EU, US and UK pledge to remove ‘selected’ Russian banks from Swift system
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

EU, US and UK pledge to remove ‘selected’ Russian banks from Swift system

Feb 27th 2022, 7:10 AM 37,996 Views 43 Comments

The move came hours after Moscow ordered troops to advance in Ukraine ‘from all directions’.

# european-commission - Friday 11 February, 2022

Publishers aim to 'break Google's stranglehold' over advertising with antitrust complaint
# Ads
# Ads

Publishers aim to 'break Google's stranglehold' over advertising with antitrust complaint

Feb 11th 2022, 10:58 AM 7,471 Views 3 Comments

The European Publishers Council has lodged the complaint with the European Commission.

# european-commission - Wednesday 2 February, 2022

EU sets out green label proposal for gas and nuclear power
# Energy
# Energy

EU sets out green label proposal for gas and nuclear power

Updated Feb 2nd 2022, 12:24 PM 9,813 Views 36 Comments

At least five Irish MEPs said last month that they plan to oppose the contentious proposal.

# european-commission - Friday 28 January, 2022

Checks for goods between Northern Ireland and Britain not fit for purpose, say EU officials
# Post Brexit Checks
# Post Brexit Checks

Checks for goods between Northern Ireland and Britain not fit for purpose, say EU officials

Jan 28th 2022, 10:44 PM 20,832 Views 19 Comments

Simon Coveney held a call with UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, as negotiations between the UK and the EU continue.

# european-commission - Tuesday 11 January, 2022

EU experts to discuss Genrui antigen tests after people report hundreds of false positives
# Ce Mark
# Ce Mark

EU experts to discuss Genrui antigen tests after people report hundreds of false positives

Jan 11th 2022, 6:00 AM 20,718 Views 17 Comments

Irish retailers have taken the at-home Covid-19 test kits off the shelves.

# european-commission - Thursday 7 October, 2021

Land grab: How agri-subsidies encourage farmers to cut back on nature
# Cash Cow
# Cash Cow

Land grab: How agri-subsidies encourage farmers to cut back on nature

Oct 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 25,582 Views 42 Comments
  • 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

# european-commission - Tuesday 21 September, 2021

Commission raps Ireland for 'persistently failing' to manage protected nature sites
# Endangered Species
# Endangered Species

Commission raps Ireland for 'persistently failing' to manage protected nature sites

Sep 21st 2021, 7:05 AM 26,281 Views 12 Comments

Just over 60% of our 600-plus legally protected nature areas have conservation objectives.

# european-commission - Thursday 16 September, 2021

MEPs vote to make gender-based violence a crime in the EU
# Violence
# Violence

MEPs vote to make gender-based violence a crime in the EU

Sep 16th 2021, 2:34 PM 8,514 Views 27 Comments

Ursula von der Leyen said legislation would be drawn up by the end of this year.

# european-commission - Thursday 22 July, 2021

Brexit: Von der Leyen tells Johnson ‘we will not renegotiate’ over Northern Ireland
# NI Protocol
# NI Protocol

Brexit: Von der Leyen tells Johnson ‘we will not renegotiate’ over Northern Ireland

Jul 22nd 2021, 1:46 PM 21,911 Views 31 Comments

The European Commission President said the EU and UK must jointly work to ensure stability in the North.

Ireland has the second highest obesity rate in the EU
# Obesity
# Obesity

Ireland has the second highest obesity rate in the EU

Jul 22nd 2021, 12:37 PM 36,361 Views 108 Comments

Research found that only Malta had a higher share of its population rated as obese.

# european-commission - Friday 16 July, 2021

Von der Leyen says Ireland’s handling of the pandemic is 'exemplary'
# Dublin Visit
# Dublin Visit

Von der Leyen says Ireland’s handling of the pandemic is 'exemplary'

Updated Jul 16th 2021, 12:06 PM 35,607 Views 102 Comments

The European Commission President welcomed that Ireland has signed up to the EU Green Cert system.

# european-commission - Friday 18 June, 2021

European Commission says Insurance Ireland restricted competition and drove up prices on premiums
# Insurance Ireland
# Insurance Ireland

European Commission says Insurance Ireland restricted competition and drove up prices on premiums

Updated Jun 18th 2021, 3:28 PM 33,275 Views 63 Comments

The European Commission accusations were made against Insurance Ireland this morning.

# european-commission - Wednesday 16 June, 2021

Von der Leyen 'very concerned' over Hungary law banning LGBT 'promotion' to minors
# Hungary
# Hungary

Von der Leyen 'very concerned' over Hungary law banning LGBT 'promotion' to minors

Jun 16th 2021, 10:36 PM 18,773 Views 46 Comments

She said the European Commission is “assessing if it breaches relevant EU legislation”.

# european-commission - Friday 4 June, 2021

EU to examine Facebook's use of advertiser data
# Probe
# Probe

EU to examine Facebook's use of advertiser data

Jun 4th 2021, 11:56 AM 3,741 Views 0 Comments

The formal probe follows a preliminary investigation focused on Facebook’s Marketplace classifieds service.

# european-commission - Sunday 30 May, 2021

EU not using Northern Ireland to punish UK for Brexit, EC vice-president says
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

EU not using Northern Ireland to punish UK for Brexit, EC vice-president says

May 30th 2021, 10:51 AM 17,094 Views 29 Comments

Maros Sefcovic said they searched for four years for the ‘best solution to the very sensitive situation in Northern Ireland’.

# european-commission - Sunday 9 May, 2021

AstraZeneca vaccine order renewal 'remains to be seen' says EU
# EU VS AZ
# EU VS AZ

AstraZeneca vaccine order renewal 'remains to be seen' says EU

May 9th 2021, 5:37 PM 43,306 Views 41 Comments

The EU last month launched legal action against the pharmaceutical giant for vaccine delivery shortfalls.

# european-commission - Saturday 8 May, 2021

New daily vaccine record set as EU signs contract for additional 1.8 billion Pfizer vaccines
# Vaccine Rollout
# Vaccine Rollout

New daily vaccine record set as EU signs contract for additional 1.8 billion Pfizer vaccines

Updated May 8th 2021, 5:24 PM 43,826 Views 43 Comments

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly also announced that two more countries have been added to the hotel quarantine list

# european-commission - Tuesday 4 May, 2021

Irish people struggled more than most Europeans to cope with lockdowns - new EU survey
# Eurobarometer
# Eurobarometer

Irish people struggled more than most Europeans to cope with lockdowns - new EU survey

May 4th 2021, 11:31 AM 29,944 Views 74 Comments

Overall, 41% of Irish people said lockdowns were difficult, with only 18% claiming it was easy to cope with.

# european-commission - Monday 3 May, 2021

EU Commission proposes reopening of external borders
# Travel
# Travel

EU Commission proposes reopening of external borders

May 3rd 2021, 2:02 PM 28,534 Views 8 Comments

EU officials believe the vaccination campaigns will soon be a “game changer” in the fight against Covid-19.

# european-commission - Monday 26 April, 2021

Amnesty Ireland chief: India's virus struggles make EU opposition to vaccine patent waivers 'an obscenity'
# Vaccine Inequality
# Vaccine Inequality

Amnesty Ireland chief: India's virus struggles make EU opposition to vaccine patent waivers 'an obscenity'

Apr 26th 2021, 6:00 PM 23,085 Views 30 Comments

Standing up for the rights of pharma companies over human rights is “not tenable”, says O’Gorman.

EU launches legal action against AstraZeneca over vaccine deliveries
# European Commission
# European Commission

EU launches legal action against AstraZeneca over vaccine deliveries

Updated Apr 26th 2021, 1:53 PM 33,360 Views 65 Comments

The Commission confirmed legal action against the company was launched on Friday.

# european-commission - Thursday 22 April, 2021

European Commission says no legal action taken against AstraZeneca - despite Stephen Donnelly saying otherwise
# Vaccine Deliveries
# Vaccine Deliveries

European Commission says no legal action taken against AstraZeneca - despite Stephen Donnelly saying otherwise

Apr 22nd 2021, 11:30 PM 23,077 Views 39 Comments

Stephen Donnelly said that the action was take over AstraZeneca’s “complete failure to meet its delivery and contractual agreements for April, May and June”.

# european-commission - Tuesday 20 April, 2021

Ireland first and only Member State to have fishing plan revoked by European Commission
# Losing Control
# Losing Control

Ireland first and only Member State to have fishing plan revoked by European Commission

Apr 20th 2021, 12:36 PM 49,986 Views 52 Comments

The loss of the control plan means that fisheries will no longer be allowed to weigh their catches in factories.

# european-commission - Friday 16 April, 2021

European Commission writes to government expressing concerns about hotel quarantine system
# Red List
# Red List

European Commission writes to government expressing concerns about hotel quarantine system

Updated Apr 16th 2021, 5:00 PM 31,168 Views 108 Comments
  • A European Commission spokesperson suggested there are other ways to protect public health.
  • Justice Minister Helen McEntee has defended legal advice over the measure, intended to prevent variants of concern.
  • The Irish Government has ten days to reply to the Commission.

# european-commission - Thursday 4 March, 2021

Coveney had 'blunt' conversation with UK government over move to extend NI Protocol grace period
# Exports
# Exports

Coveney had 'blunt' conversation with UK government over move to extend NI Protocol grace period

Updated Mar 4th 2021, 12:45 PM 34,643 Views 79 Comments
  • The EU is now considering legal options.
  • Coveney says the move was "disrespectful" and has damaged UK-EU relationships.

# european-commission - Wednesday 17 February, 2021

Ryanair loses legal bid to block government bailouts of rival European airlines
# EU State Aid
# EU State Aid

Ryanair loses legal bid to block government bailouts of rival European airlines

Feb 17th 2021, 10:56 AM 13,325 Views 26 Comments

Ryanair says it will appeal the decision to the highest EU court.

# european-commission - Tuesday 16 February, 2021

Top EU official tells Oireachtas: 'We made a mistake but please put it in perspective'
# Article 16
# Article 16

Top EU official tells Oireachtas: 'We made a mistake but please put it in perspective'

Updated Feb 16th 2021, 4:47 PM 47,083 Views 29 Comments

European Commission vice president Maroš Šefčovič addressed TDs and Senators today.

# european-commission - Wednesday 10 February, 2021

NI Protocol ‘only way to protect the Good Friday Agreement’, EU official says
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

NI Protocol ‘only way to protect the Good Friday Agreement’, EU official says

Feb 10th 2021, 9:40 PM 10,106 Views 10 Comments

Maros Sefcovic made the remarks in a letter to UK Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove

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