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#European Commission

# european-commission - Wednesday 10 December, 2014

Walt Disney paid less than 1% tax on its billion-dollar profits: Luxleaks
# Taking The Mickey
# Taking The Mickey

Walt Disney paid less than 1% tax on its billion-dollar profits: Luxleaks

Dec 10th 2014, 5:23 PM 13,966 Views 17 Comments

Pressure is mounting on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

# european-commission - Monday 8 December, 2014

Ireland is getting 'kicked around' by big European countries on tax: Hayes
# Kicking Back
# Kicking Back

Ireland is getting 'kicked around' by big European countries on tax: Hayes

Dec 8th 2014, 4:56 PM 19,553 Views 88 Comments

The luxleaks scandal has given Germany and France “cover” to push their agendas, the MEP says.

# european-commission - Saturday 29 November, 2014

Opinion: France flouts the eurozone rules Ireland was beaten down with
# EU
# EU

Opinion: France flouts the eurozone rules Ireland was beaten down with

Nov 29th 2014, 8:00 AM 38 Views 93 Comments

The French prime minister has insisted that “France must be respected, it is a big country.”

# european-commission - Thursday 27 November, 2014

The 9 at 9: Thursday
# 9 At 9
# 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nov 27th 2014, 8:53 AM 10,886 Views 4 Comments

Catch up as you wake up

He's only in the job 27 days but the EC boss has already survived a motion of no confidence
# Luxleaks
# Luxleaks

He's only in the job 27 days but the EC boss has already survived a motion of no confidence

Nov 27th 2014, 8:28 AM 8,084 Views 25 Comments

So much for getting it easy because you’re the new guy.

Ireland is allowing unmarked fuel to be used in private boats, so Europe is taking us to court
# See You In Court
# See You In Court

Ireland is allowing unmarked fuel to be used in private boats, so Europe is taking us to court

Nov 27th 2014, 6:30 AM 13,479 Views 35 Comments

The European Commission asked Ireland to change legislation, and they haven’t.

# european-commission - Wednesday 26 November, 2014

'Christmas has come early': Jean-Claude Juncker has a €315bn 'kickstart' for Europe
# Santa Claude
# Santa Claude

'Christmas has come early': Jean-Claude Juncker has a €315bn 'kickstart' for Europe

Nov 26th 2014, 3:53 PM 16,905 Views 66 Comments

But will Ireland get any money from a plan already criticised for being “scant on detail”?

# european-commission - Monday 24 November, 2014

Explainer: The European Parliament wants to break up Google, but why?
# New Battles
# New Battles

Explainer: The European Parliament wants to break up Google, but why?

Nov 24th 2014, 9:16 PM 17,189 Views 37 Comments

And is such a thing even possible?

# european-commission - Saturday 22 November, 2014

Phil Hogan is settling into his role in Europe - and he wants to look after farmers
# Big Philly Style
# Big Philly Style

Phil Hogan is settling into his role in Europe - and he wants to look after farmers

Nov 22nd 2014, 7:00 AM 6,792 Views 42 Comments

Not just Irish farmers.

# european-commission - Thursday 13 November, 2014

Juncker now wants to end tax loopholes his country rubber-stamped for years
# Horse Bolted Etc
# Horse Bolted Etc

Juncker now wants to end tax loopholes his country rubber-stamped for years

Nov 13th 2014, 3:35 PM 11,501 Views 18 Comments

The European Commission president was happy to talk up his work luring multinationals when he was Luxembourg’s premier.

# european-commission - Tuesday 4 November, 2014

Calorie labelling on alcohol could soon be mandatory
# Make Mine A Single
# Make Mine A Single

Calorie labelling on alcohol could soon be mandatory

Nov 4th 2014, 8:38 PM 10,174 Views 30 Comments

Is it a good or bad idea?

# european-commission - Friday 31 October, 2014

Apple is worried it will have to pay back-taxes to Ireland... and the bill could be BIG
# Pass The Hat Around
# Pass The Hat Around

Apple is worried it will have to pay back-taxes to Ireland... and the bill could be BIG

Oct 31st 2014, 10:30 AM 15,201 Views 37 Comments

Grief over that claimed ‘sweetheart’ tax deal just won’t go away.

# european-commission - Wednesday 22 October, 2014

Confirmed: Big Phil Hogan is now officially the EU Agriculture Commissioner
# In The Door
# In The Door

Confirmed: Big Phil Hogan is now officially the EU Agriculture Commissioner

Oct 22nd 2014, 2:52 PM 6,115 Views 70 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy said he intends to hold the commissioner accountable at all times.

# european-commission - Wednesday 15 October, 2014

Ryanair has been ordered to repay illegal state aid to Germany... AGAIN
# Hey Stop That
# Hey Stop That

Ryanair has been ordered to repay illegal state aid to Germany... AGAIN

Oct 15th 2014, 2:00 PM 14,043 Views 17 Comments

But the company has denied any wrongdoing after it was ordered to pay back €300,000 for the latest breach.

EU tells Ireland: You must follow rules for Bus Éireann scheme
# Rural Transport
# Rural Transport

EU tells Ireland: You must follow rules for Bus Éireann scheme

Oct 15th 2014, 1:36 PM 18,351 Views 49 Comments

Compensation under the School Transport Scheme is not in line with current EU rules.

# european-commission - Tuesday 7 October, 2014

Opinion: We need a modern framework for data protection – and we need it now
# Data
# Data

Opinion: We need a modern framework for data protection – and we need it now

Oct 7th 2014, 8:00 AM 25 Views 6 Comments

Data protection reform will need to rebuild the trust that has been shattered by numerous spying scandals and data breaches.

# european-commission - Thursday 2 October, 2014

Ryanair ordered to pay Germany back €500,000, but everything else is grand
# Pocket Change
# Pocket Change

Ryanair ordered to pay Germany back €500,000, but everything else is grand

Oct 2nd 2014, 11:19 AM 11,368 Views 8 Comments

The budget airline’s passenger numbers keep growing and its planes are getting more full.

# european-commission - Tuesday 30 September, 2014

Here's what we know about the EU's claim that Ireland gave illegal State aid to Apple
# Sweetheart Deal
# Sweetheart Deal

Here's what we know about the EU's claim that Ireland gave illegal State aid to Apple

Sep 30th 2014, 11:19 AM 8,867 Views 28 Comments

They say that Apple was given an advantage over competitors.

# european-commission - Monday 29 September, 2014

Here's why the next 10 days are critical for the future of the European Union
# Explainer
# Explainer

Here's why the next 10 days are critical for the future of the European Union

Sep 29th 2014, 8:50 AM 6,525 Views 27 Comments

Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes explains the process of confirming the make-up of the next European Commission.

# european-commission - Saturday 27 September, 2014

Olli Rehn: 'Bondholders partly to blame for Irish crisis... but your banks were reckless'
# Burn The Bondholders
# Burn The Bondholders

Olli Rehn: 'Bondholders partly to blame for Irish crisis... but your banks were reckless'

Sep 27th 2014, 2:14 PM 11,736 Views 55 Comments

The former EU Economics Commissioner also said he would consider attending the Banking Inquiry.

# european-commission - Saturday 13 September, 2014

Aaron McKenna: 'We don’t need national political castoffs to run an arbitrarily sized bureaucracy'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Aaron McKenna: 'We don’t need national political castoffs to run an arbitrarily sized bureaucracy'

Sep 13th 2014, 8:00 AM 9 Views 27 Comments

European Commissioners aren’t picked on any basis of merit or usefulness. It’s no different than most governments, but at least we elect the cabinet together at home.

# european-commission - Wednesday 10 September, 2014

Explainer: Phil Hogan's set to be named as Agriculture Commissioner ... but what happens next?
# Big Phil's Gig
# Big Phil's Gig

Explainer: Phil Hogan's set to be named as Agriculture Commissioner ... but what happens next?

Sep 10th 2014, 8:45 AM 12,082 Views 51 Comments

Some Irish TDs have been threatening to make life difficult for Big Phil during the nomination process. But can they cause that much trouble for the divisive former minister?

# european-commission - Friday 22 August, 2014

Most young Irish people think that cannabis should be legalised
# Drugs
# Drugs

Most young Irish people think that cannabis should be legalised

Aug 22nd 2014, 1:22 PM 16,080 Views 145 Comments

A new study by the European Commission has also found that use of legal highs was three times the European average.

# european-commission - Wednesday 30 July, 2014

The EU has unveiled a new logo that shows which devices follow its privacy laws
# Tagged
# Tagged

The EU has unveiled a new logo that shows which devices follow its privacy laws

Jul 30th 2014, 6:20 PM 9,024 Views 22 Comments

The growing use of RFID chips in devices has caused the European Commission to put together regulations for them, ensuring no legal ‘grey zone’ emerges from their use.

# european-commission - Monday 21 July, 2014

EU hits out at Apple over in-app purchases
# Unaddressed Concerns
# Unaddressed Concerns

EU hits out at Apple over in-app purchases

Jul 21st 2014, 11:33 AM 6,900 Views 11 Comments

The company face criticism about in-app purchases targeted at children.

# european-commission - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

Online gambling should offer players spending limits and alerts - Commission
# Play Fair
# Play Fair

Online gambling should offer players spending limits and alerts - Commission

Jul 15th 2014, 6:45 AM 3,583 Views 12 Comments

New recommendations by the EU Commission aim to minimise potential financial harm to consumers.

# european-commission - Thursday 10 July, 2014

EU Commission seeks return of €57m in farm support payments
# CAP
# CAP

EU Commission seeks return of €57m in farm support payments

Jul 10th 2014, 6:30 AM 7,088 Views 11 Comments

European Court of Auditors says Commission did not properly supervise Member States in the calculation of CAP entitlements.

# european-commission - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

Co Clare wave energy project awarded €23m to develop technology
# Making Waves
# Making Waves

Co Clare wave energy project awarded €23m to develop technology

Jul 8th 2014, 3:49 PM 9,548 Views 42 Comments

ESB-led renewable energy project aims to generate electricity by 2018.

# european-commission - Thursday 3 July, 2014

Grants to Irish farmers will total €4bn over the next six years.
# Rural Ireland
# Rural Ireland

Grants to Irish farmers will total €4bn over the next six years.

Jul 3rd 2014, 8:52 AM 9,757 Views 87 Comments

They include supports for being environmentally friendly and for investment.

# european-commission - Friday 27 June, 2014

EU leaders 'could live to regret' choosing Junker as Commission president
# Fight Fight Fight
# Fight Fight Fight

EU leaders 'could live to regret' choosing Junker as Commission president

Jun 27th 2014, 4:31 PM 9,537 Views 76 Comments

Junker was named as the next president of the Commission today despite serious opposition from David Cameron who forced an unprecedented vote on the issue at a summit in Brussels.

# european-commission - Tuesday 24 June, 2014

EU Commission pushes for elimination of roaming charges
# Roaming
# Roaming

EU Commission pushes for elimination of roaming charges

Jun 24th 2014, 5:55 PM 7,071 Views 15 Comments

Data roaming prices being cut by more than half across the EU from 1 July 2014, but Neelie Kroes says that it is ‘not enough’.

# european-commission - Monday 23 June, 2014

Ryanair cancels flights ahead of France's air traffic control strike
# Strike
# Strike

Ryanair cancels flights ahead of France's air traffic control strike

Jun 23rd 2014, 5:30 PM 22,430 Views 25 Comments

Controllers are striking over planned cuts under the European Commission’s ‘Single Sky Europe’ programme.

EU beats US to become world's top agri and food exporter
# Food Fight
# Food Fight

EU beats US to become world's top agri and food exporter

Jun 23rd 2014, 4:54 PM 4,681 Views 14 Comments

Emerging markets, like China, are pushing up demand for European food products, according to the European Commission.

Opinion: There's no room for complacency over the investigation into Apple in Ireland
# Tax
# Tax

Opinion: There's no room for complacency over the investigation into Apple in Ireland

Jun 23rd 2014, 1:00 PM 48 Views 18 Comments

In the event of a finding against Ireland, the fallout will be measured in a drop of nurses, medical cards and Gardaí on the streets.

# european-commission - Sunday 22 June, 2014

'I've a job to do here': Enda rules out top EU role... again
# I'm Out
# I'm Out

'I've a job to do here': Enda rules out top EU role... again

Jun 22nd 2014, 6:56 PM 9,102 Views 77 Comments

The Taoiseach said he expects Jean-Claude Juncker to become the next president of the European Commission, but David Cameron is trying to block this from happening.

# european-commission - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

Enda Kenny: No, I'm not worried about the investigation into Apple's Irish tax deal
# Chilled
# Chilled

Enda Kenny: No, I'm not worried about the investigation into Apple's Irish tax deal

Jun 18th 2014, 12:02 PM 3,989 Views 23 Comments

The Taoiseach is pretty confident that Ireland hasn’t broken any rules.

# european-commission - Tuesday 17 June, 2014

What the IFAC? Five questions about the guys who want a tougher budget this year
# Analysis
# Analysis

What the IFAC? Five questions about the guys who want a tougher budget this year

Jun 17th 2014, 7:15 AM 5,861 Views 16 Comments

This morning IFAC called on Government to stick to the €2 billion adjustment – but who are they, and why are they so eager to keep costs down?

Spending watchdog tells Government to stick to €2 billion austerity target
# STICK TO IT
# STICK TO IT

Spending watchdog tells Government to stick to €2 billion austerity target

Jun 17th 2014, 6:15 AM 4,352 Views 21 Comments

The Fiscal Advisory Council is urging the government to stick to this year’s target, but promising an easing off of austerity next year.

# european-commission - Friday 13 June, 2014

Opinion: Jean-Claude who? Juncker and the the turf war gripping Europe
# Brian Hayes
# Brian Hayes

Opinion: Jean-Claude who? Juncker and the the turf war gripping Europe

Jun 13th 2014, 1:00 PM 89 Views 186 Comments

The former prime minister of Luxembourg is part of a developing crisis that threatens to be one of the greatest faced by the European Union.

# european-commission - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

TD warns that Apple tax probe could result in job losses
# Back Off
# Back Off

TD warns that Apple tax probe could result in job losses

Jun 11th 2014, 2:32 PM 10,557 Views 70 Comments

Michael McGrath has said that the government must use “every means at its disposal” to defend Ireland’s corporate tax rules.