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# European Commission

Last month
November 2023
Varadkar not in favour of strict cut-off ages and restrictions for older drivers
The EU Commission proposes motorists over 70 may have to undergo regular medical tests and refresher courses.
IBM pulls ads from X after report says they appeared next to antisemitic posts
The European Commission also said that it is pausing its advertising on X today.
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.
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.
Decision to throw out €13bn Apple tax case must be revisited, advisor to European court says
“It has always been, and remains, Ireland’s position that that the correct amount of Irish tax was paid,” Michael McGrath said.
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.
This year
Commissioner to be quizzed by MEPs on his 'solo run' to remove aid to Gaza
Oliver Várhelyi announced the bloc would be suspending aid to Palestinians on his own initiative.
'It's not just Ursula von der Leyen, it's broader than her': Irish MEPs on European politics failing
842 EU staff signed a letter accusing the commission of accelerating the legitimacy of war crimes in Gaza.
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.
Ireland's Apple escrow fund lost €259 million in value last year
The loss was attributed to a significant increase in yields across global fixed income markets and fund operating expenses.
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary gets pied in Brussels before European Commission protest
‘Welcome to Belgium,’ says one protestor as she smears the cream pie in O’Leary’s face.
The European Union's tough new laws on social media content have officially come into force
Platforms with at least 45 million monthly active users will be subjected to fulfil every new obligation.
EU countries green light disputed law to restore Europe's natural habitats
The 27 member states agreed on the draft law during a meeting of environment ministers in Luxembourg.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 Marketplace breaches EU antitrust laws, says Commission
The Commission said it takes issue with Meta tying Facebook Marketplace to the Facebook social networking service.
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.
EU to ban products which contribute to deforestation
Importing companies will have to show that their products are deforestation-free.
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.
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.
Brussels recommends EU countries give Bosnia candidacy status to join bloc
The process to join the European Union can take many years.
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.
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.
EU to examine complaints of UK dumping sewage into sea
Waters around France, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark could be impacted.
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.
EU to slash growth forecast again as high inflation persists
The European Commission is to hike its expectations for inflation.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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 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.
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: Did the EU ban crown symbols from appearing on pint glasses in the UK?
The Mail on Sunday made the claim yesterday.
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.