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# european-commission - Thursday 19 July, 2018

New Brexit secretary says he will 'intensify' talks with EU
# Dominic Raab
# Dominic Raab

New Brexit secretary says he will 'intensify' talks with EU

Jul 19th 2018, 10:19 PM 7,706 Views 19 Comments

Meanwhile, the EU has urged members to “step up preparations” for all Brexit outcomes before the 30 March deadline.

# european-commission - Wednesday 18 July, 2018

EU's Jean-Claude Juncker calls for 'respect' over stumbling incident
# Sciatica
# Sciatica

EU's Jean-Claude Juncker calls for 'respect' over stumbling incident

Jul 18th 2018, 10:46 PM 37,539 Views 74 Comments

He has said he was suffering from sciatica when he repeatedly stumbled at a NATO summit.

Google just got fined a whopping €4.3 billion for its conduct regarding its Android system
# Ouch
# Ouch

Google just got fined a whopping €4.3 billion for its conduct regarding its Android system

Jul 18th 2018, 12:17 PM 22,170 Views 39 Comments

The fine relates to the online giant allegedly using its Android phone operating system to further its own dominance of the search engine market.

# european-commission - Friday 13 July, 2018

Back pain, not alcohol, caused Juncker summit stumble, according to EU
# Unsteady
# Unsteady

Back pain, not alcohol, caused Juncker summit stumble, according to EU

Jul 13th 2018, 1:28 PM 31,735 Views 87 Comments

The 63-year-old was seen repeatedly unsteady on his feet at the NATO summit dinner on Wednesday night.

# european-commission - Friday 22 June, 2018

Hate speech, xenophobia, and resentment are 'unrelentingly' on the rise across Europe
# Getting Worse
# Getting Worse

Hate speech, xenophobia, and resentment are 'unrelentingly' on the rise across Europe

Jun 22nd 2018, 3:34 PM 16,035 Views 134 Comments

The annual report of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance paints a bleak picture of the levels of tolerance currently being seen across the EU.

# european-commission - Wednesday 20 June, 2018

Phil Hogan: 'I don’t think the British are in a very coherent position at the moment'
# Europhil
# Europhil

Phil Hogan: 'I don’t think the British are in a very coherent position at the moment'

Jun 20th 2018, 6:01 AM 11,034 Views 58 Comments

Ireland’s EU commissioner said that the Irish government’s patience is wearing thin.

# european-commission - Sunday 10 June, 2018

How can you bag some free InterRail tickets?
# Irish Young People
# Irish Young People

How can you bag some free InterRail tickets?

Jun 10th 2018, 1:00 PM 15,645 Views 8 Comments

The new scheme will provide 140 free InterRail tickets to 18 year olds that can cost up to €700

# european-commission - Monday 28 May, 2018

Plastic straws, cutlery and cotton buds could be banned across the EU
# Marine Litter
# Marine Litter

Plastic straws, cutlery and cotton buds could be banned across the EU

May 28th 2018, 3:23 PM 15,340 Views 38 Comments

Some 500,000 tonnes of plastic waste from the EU end up in the sea every year.

# european-commission - Thursday 10 May, 2018

Building firm CRH is no longer Ireland's biggest company as a familiar name shoots to the top of the tree
# Policy And Economy
# Policy And Economy

Building firm CRH is no longer Ireland's biggest company as a familiar name shoots to the top of the tree

May 10th 2018, 6:20 AM 35,576 Views 35 Comments

Tech giant Apple has made a meteoric rise up the leaderboard of the country’s largest businesses.

# european-commission - Tuesday 24 April, 2018

European Commission clears way for Ireland's sugar tax to start next week
# Tax
# Tax

European Commission clears way for Ireland's sugar tax to start next week

Apr 24th 2018, 5:53 PM 20,757 Views 76 Comments

The tax on sugar-sweetened drinks was first announced as part of Budget 2017.

# european-commission - Thursday 29 March, 2018

Date for sugar tax pushed back three weeks from 6 April to 1 May
# Delay
# Delay

Date for sugar tax pushed back three weeks from 6 April to 1 May

Mar 29th 2018, 1:16 PM 14,759 Views 46 Comments

The date has been pushed back to ensure the tax complies with EU State aid law.

# european-commission - Monday 19 March, 2018

Some fidget spinners can cause serious injuries to children - EU report
# Burn Hazard
# Burn Hazard

Some fidget spinners can cause serious injuries to children - EU report

Mar 19th 2018, 12:30 PM 11,651 Views 21 Comments

The European Commission says its product alert system has detected some light-up spinners whose batteries can cause “burns to the oesophagus and intestines”.

# european-commission - Tuesday 13 March, 2018

European Commission president: 'Good Friday Agreement must be preserved in all its dimensions'
# Brexit
# Brexit

European Commission president: 'Good Friday Agreement must be preserved in all its dimensions'

Mar 13th 2018, 3:26 PM 10,516 Views 85 Comments

Jean-Claude Juncker said that the European Union stood “firm and united” when it came to Ireland.

# european-commission - Saturday 3 February, 2018

Polish man fighting extradition from Ireland citing the alleged corruption of his own country's legal system
# Test Case
# Test Case

Polish man fighting extradition from Ireland citing the alleged corruption of his own country's legal system

Feb 3rd 2018, 7:30 AM 21,351 Views 0 Comments

Artur Celmer is the subject of three separate extradition warrants from his native country (where he claims he could not get a fair trial) for alleged drug trafficking.

# european-commission - Thursday 25 January, 2018

The EU has shot down claims that Nama gives illegal state aid to developers
# Building And Property
# Building And Property

The EU has shot down claims that Nama gives illegal state aid to developers

Jan 25th 2018, 11:49 AM 9,473 Views 20 Comments

Some of Ireland’s biggest developers claimed the ‘bad bank’ had broken the rules.

# european-commission - Wednesday 17 January, 2018

Poll: Do you make an effort to cut down on single-use coffee cups?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you make an effort to cut down on single-use coffee cups?

Jan 17th 2018, 9:50 AM 15,049 Views 63 Comments

The EU is going to ban single-use coffee cups by 2030.

The EU is going to ban single-use coffee cups by 2030
# Plastic
# Plastic

The EU is going to ban single-use coffee cups by 2030

Jan 17th 2018, 8:29 AM 12,849 Views 35 Comments

Around 26 million tonnes of plastic waste is generated in Europe every year, but only 30% of that is recycled.

# european-commission - Friday 8 December, 2017

This is what the Brexit deal means for Ireland and Northern Ireland
# No Hard Border
# No Hard Border

This is what the Brexit deal means for Ireland and Northern Ireland

Dec 8th 2017, 7:54 AM 77,041 Views 160 Comments

There will be NO hard border.

# european-commission - Thursday 30 November, 2017

The government isn't saying when the €13 billion from Apple will be recovered
# Public Accounts Committee
# Public Accounts Committee

The government isn't saying when the €13 billion from Apple will be recovered

Nov 30th 2017, 2:40 PM 9,366 Views 32 Comments

Collecting the money requires a “bespoke solution”, a top official said.

# european-commission - Wednesday 1 November, 2017

Ireland has the second highest third-level fees in Europe
# Tuition Fees
# Tuition Fees

Ireland has the second highest third-level fees in Europe

Nov 1st 2017, 9:15 PM 35,663 Views 47 Comments

The report from the European Commission looks the costs and supports associated with higher education in 42 European countries.

# european-commission - Tuesday 10 October, 2017

Debate Room: We should take Apple's €13 billion to halve housing lists
# Apple Tax
# Apple Tax

Debate Room: We should take Apple's €13 billion to halve housing lists

Oct 10th 2017, 6:45 AM 7,088 Views 83 Comments

The European Commission announced last week that it is taking Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to recover €13 billion of tax due from Apple.

# european-commission - Wednesday 4 October, 2017

The EU is taking Ireland to court over its failure to recover €13 billion from Apple
# Apple Tax
# Apple Tax

The EU is taking Ireland to court over its failure to recover €13 billion from Apple

Oct 4th 2017, 11:10 AM 26,307 Views 151 Comments

The government said it is “extremely disappointed” by the move.

# european-commission - Tuesday 12 September, 2017

A complaint has been made to Europe about Ireland's failure to protect wildlife
# Wildfires
# Wildfires

A complaint has been made to Europe about Ireland's failure to protect wildlife

Sep 12th 2017, 9:32 AM 28,965 Views 51 Comments

The Irish Wildlife Trust has reported 97 illegal wildfires to the European Commission.

# european-commission - Wednesday 12 July, 2017

Government yet to make final decision as to when water charges will be refunded
# Pay Back
# Pay Back

Government yet to make final decision as to when water charges will be refunded

Jul 12th 2017, 4:17 PM 9,737 Views 57 Comments

Officials are in negotiations with the EU for a special deal to pay around €160 million in water charge refunds.

# european-commission - Monday 10 July, 2017

'These investigations could seriously alter the motor insurance landscape in Ireland'
# Column
# Column

'These investigations could seriously alter the motor insurance landscape in Ireland'

Jul 10th 2017, 6:30 AM 39,265 Views 83 Comments

This is an exceptionally worrying time for those companies implicated in these investigations, writes Jason O’Sullivan.

# european-commission - Tuesday 4 July, 2017

Juncker lays into 'ridiculous' European Parliament after just 30 of 751 MEPs show up for debate
# Junck Bond
# Junck Bond

Juncker lays into 'ridiculous' European Parliament after just 30 of 751 MEPs show up for debate

Jul 4th 2017, 7:18 PM 20,164 Views 64 Comments

But his remarks drew a sharp response from parliament head Antonio Tajani.

# european-commission - Thursday 18 May, 2017

Facebook fined €110 million for providing false information on WhatsApp takeover
# European Commission
# European Commission

Facebook fined €110 million for providing false information on WhatsApp takeover

May 18th 2017, 9:20 AM 9,943 Views 11 Comments

The social media giant said that any errors it made were not intentional.

# european-commission - Tuesday 16 May, 2017

EU investigates if company increased cancer drug prices by 'several hundred percent'
# Aspen Pharma
# Aspen Pharma

EU investigates if company increased cancer drug prices by 'several hundred percent'

May 16th 2017, 8:10 AM 9,458 Views 18 Comments

In Italy in 2016, Aspen Pharma increased the price of five “life-saving and irreplaceable” drugs by between 300% and 1,500%.

# european-commission - Monday 1 May, 2017

Theresa May dismisses rumours Brexit meeting with EU chief went badly as "Brussels gossip"
# Be Grand
# Be Grand

Theresa May dismisses rumours Brexit meeting with EU chief went badly as "Brussels gossip"

May 1st 2017, 7:09 PM 11,267 Views 53 Comments

Rumours abound that Commission chief Jean Claude Juncker is deeply pessimistic regarding May’s alleged hardline attitude towards Brexit talks.

# european-commission - Friday 7 April, 2017

Simon Coveney says water committee seems to be moving in 'extremely worrying' direction
# Water Charges
# Water Charges

Simon Coveney says water committee seems to be moving in 'extremely worrying' direction

Apr 7th 2017, 8:02 AM 16,246 Views 128 Comments

The minister has said some of the wording agreed by the committee is “deeply ambiguous” and at odds with the EU.

# european-commission - Saturday 18 February, 2017

Ireland spent €440k on a report defending Apple months before the EU's scathing tax ruling
# Like Dem Apples
# Like Dem Apples

Ireland spent €440k on a report defending Apple months before the EU's scathing tax ruling

Feb 18th 2017, 7:00 AM 7,257 Views 24 Comments

But European officials said the unsolicited report from PwC ‘misinterpreted’ the relevant rules.

# european-commission - Tuesday 13 December, 2016

The EU wants to tighten rules on claiming benefits in a different country
# Free Movement
# Free Movement

The EU wants to tighten rules on claiming benefits in a different country

Dec 13th 2016, 5:59 PM 12,481 Views 49 Comments

Critics say the current rules are an incentive for so-called benefits tourism.

# european-commission - Friday 2 December, 2016

Europe raises concerns about lack of housing in Ireland
# Report Card
# Report Card

Europe raises concerns about lack of housing in Ireland

Dec 2nd 2016, 9:50 PM 15,476 Views 44 Comments

The European Commission and ECB say “recent price and rent increases have drawn attention to persistent housing supply bottlenecks”.

# european-commission - Thursday 1 December, 2016

'Thousands of employees, very highly trained': Kenny pays tribute to Apple
# Appletax
# Appletax

'Thousands of employees, very highly trained': Kenny pays tribute to Apple

Dec 1st 2016, 7:55 AM 8,359 Views 53 Comments

The Taoiseach is on a three-day trip to the US, where he will meet business leaders including those from Apple and Facebook.

# european-commission - Friday 11 November, 2016

Ryanair ordered to pay back €2 million illegal state aid to Austrian airport
# Payback
# Payback

Ryanair ordered to pay back €2 million illegal state aid to Austrian airport

Nov 11th 2016, 5:15 PM 11,434 Views 8 Comments

The EU Commission found that some funding provided to the airline breached its rules.

# european-commission - Thursday 29 September, 2016

Calls to give free Interrail passes to all European 18-year-olds as birthday presents
# Good Idea
# Good Idea

Calls to give free Interrail passes to all European 18-year-olds as birthday presents

Sep 29th 2016, 8:13 PM 17,077 Views 44 Comments

The proposal is being put forward by Manfred Weber of the European People’s Party (EEP), the party in Europe aligned with Fine Gael.

# european-commission - Monday 19 September, 2016

Margrethe Vestager, scourge of Apple, is going after more multinationals
# Apple Tax
# Apple Tax

Margrethe Vestager, scourge of Apple, is going after more multinationals

Sep 19th 2016, 10:20 AM 16,806 Views 56 Comments

Late last week, 185 American CEOs asked German chancellor Angela Merkel to intervene in Vestager’s €13 billion Apple tax ruling.

# european-commission - Saturday 17 September, 2016

Call for more monitoring of super trawlers after dolphin deaths
# Irish Coast
# Irish Coast

Call for more monitoring of super trawlers after dolphin deaths

Sep 17th 2016, 3:08 PM 14,312 Views 37 Comments

Irish MEP Seán Kelly said people who break rules should be “dealt with”.

# european-commission - Wednesday 14 September, 2016

MEPs laugh at Jean-Claude Juncker when he says Europe is fighting tax evasion
# Bite Of The Apple
# Bite Of The Apple

MEPs laugh at Jean-Claude Juncker when he says Europe is fighting tax evasion

Sep 14th 2016, 10:08 AM 20,860 Views 87 Comments

Earlier, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes said: “Changing the rules, however appalling [they are], is not smart.”

# european-commission - Saturday 10 September, 2016

The race for the €13 billion: Spain, Austria and Italy chase a slice of the Apple pie
# Illegal State Aid
# Illegal State Aid

The race for the €13 billion: Spain, Austria and Italy chase a slice of the Apple pie

Sep 10th 2016, 4:06 PM 26,869 Views 85 Comments

Heavily-indebted Spain, which is under threat of an EU fine for breaking spending rules, said it was urgently seeking how much Apple may have denied Spanish taxpayers.