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#European Commission

# european-commission - Monday 14 September, 2015

Why can Germany close its borders and what does it mean for the EU?
# Schengen Agreement
# Schengen Agreement

Why can Germany close its borders and what does it mean for the EU?

Sep 14th 2015, 3:32 PM 19,347 Views 108 Comments

Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Poland have opted to introduce temporary border controls.

# european-commission - Wednesday 29 July, 2015

The European Union has a bone to pick with Disneyland
# Consumer Rights
# Consumer Rights

The European Union has a bone to pick with Disneyland

Jul 29th 2015, 7:21 AM 21,304 Views 34 Comments

Are customers some certain countries being charged more?

# european-commission - Monday 27 July, 2015

France is in trouble for not taking back millions it gave to Ryanair
# State Aid
# State Aid

France is in trouble for not taking back millions it gave to Ryanair

Jul 27th 2015, 3:15 PM 17,182 Views 3 Comments

The EU wants €10 million in state aid recovered.

# european-commission - Wednesday 17 June, 2015

The EU has started naming and shaming the world's worst tax havens
# Tax Dodgers Paradise
# Tax Dodgers Paradise

The EU has started naming and shaming the world's worst tax havens

Jun 17th 2015, 6:14 PM 38,910 Views 43 Comments

We’re looking at you, Bermuda.

# european-commission - Monday 18 May, 2015

Embarrassment for Michel Platini as Financial Fair Play rules set to be relaxed
# Backtracking
From The42
# Backtracking

Embarrassment for Michel Platini as Financial Fair Play rules set to be relaxed

May 18th 2015, 3:31 PM 5,616 Views 10 Comments

Because of a litany of pending legal proceedings across various European courts, Uefa president admits FFP regulations’ will be eased’.

# european-commission - Wednesday 6 May, 2015

Here's why it's likely you STILL won't be able to watch BBC online in Ireland
# Sherlock Blocked
# Sherlock Blocked

Here's why it's likely you STILL won't be able to watch BBC online in Ireland

May 6th 2015, 3:08 PM 19,004 Views 38 Comments

The EU wants to overhaul digital markets, but a few key things are off the table.

# european-commission - Thursday 30 April, 2015

Apple could be forced to pay 10 years of back taxes to Ireland
# A Big Bite
# A Big Bite

Apple could be forced to pay 10 years of back taxes to Ireland

Apr 30th 2015, 10:46 AM 20,820 Views 103 Comments

And it’s worried that could take a big bite out of its bottom line.

# european-commission - Wednesday 15 April, 2015

The EU is charging Google with abuse of power
# Dominant Position
# Dominant Position

The EU is charging Google with abuse of power

Apr 15th 2015, 1:01 PM 9,863 Views 25 Comments

And the tech giant could be slapped with fines worth €6 billion – if the case ever gets that far.

# european-commission - Wednesday 25 February, 2015

Poll: Would you pay extra to know where your food came from?
# Paddock To Plate
# Paddock To Plate

Poll: Would you pay extra to know where your food came from?

Feb 25th 2015, 4:30 PM 11,708 Views 32 Comments

Most people want better labelling on country-of-origin, but that change could come at a price.

# european-commission - Saturday 21 February, 2015

Why your food can include a United Nations of meats and you will probably never know
# Known Unknowns
# Known Unknowns

Why your food can include a United Nations of meats and you will probably never know

Feb 21st 2015, 7:55 PM 22,291 Views 52 Comments

But do people really care what meat makes its way into their lasagne?

# european-commission - Wednesday 18 February, 2015

'I do not think allowing Anglo to collapse would have been the right thing to do'
# Too Big To Fail
# Too Big To Fail

'I do not think allowing Anglo to collapse would have been the right thing to do'

Feb 18th 2015, 5:16 PM 14,907 Views 46 Comments

Former IMF and Irish financial official Dónal Donovan gives his 2c at the banking inquiry.

# european-commission - Thursday 5 February, 2015

Ryanair is off the hook for millions in Irish air travel taxes
# Keepsies No Backsies
# Keepsies No Backsies

Ryanair is off the hook for millions in Irish air travel taxes

Feb 5th 2015, 12:09 PM 15,346 Views 18 Comments

Low-cost airline: 1. European Commission: 0.

# european-commission - Friday 23 January, 2015

€100 water charges grant WON'T be scrapped, despite EU concerns
# NOT GONNA HAPPEN
# NOT GONNA HAPPEN

€100 water charges grant WON'T be scrapped, despite EU concerns

Jan 23rd 2015, 10:15 AM 12,894 Views 149 Comments

The European Commission is concerned about the Government’s revised water charges package.

# european-commission - Thursday 15 January, 2015

Ryanair wins another 'screenscraping' case against a website
# Courts
# Courts

Ryanair wins another 'screenscraping' case against a website

Jan 15th 2015, 6:38 PM 21,445 Views 14 Comments

The airline has hit out at the sites, asking people to book on its own site.

# european-commission - Tuesday 13 January, 2015

Should Ireland give more money to those in need abroad?
# Foreign Aid
# Foreign Aid

Should Ireland give more money to those in need abroad?

Jan 13th 2015, 8:45 AM 11,129 Views 55 Comments

A new survey also revealed the Irish public’s want to increase the budget for foreign aid.

# european-commission - Friday 19 December, 2014

Ireland owes the EU €1 million for an outstanding fruit and veg bill
# Open All Hours
# Open All Hours

Ireland owes the EU €1 million for an outstanding fruit and veg bill

Dec 19th 2014, 1:38 PM 9,873 Views 34 Comments

And you thought Marks and Spencer’s was pricey…

# european-commission - Thursday 18 December, 2014

Environment Department denies Europe could force us to pay higher water charges
# Aint Gonna Happen
# Aint Gonna Happen

Environment Department denies Europe could force us to pay higher water charges

Dec 18th 2014, 8:30 PM 9,005 Views 77 Comments

Independent MEP Marian Harkin said the Commission could tell the Government to increase the controversial charge.

# european-commission - Wednesday 17 December, 2014

One in six Irish people have NEVER used the internet
# Does Not Compute
# Does Not Compute

One in six Irish people have NEVER used the internet

Dec 17th 2014, 9:25 AM 5,409 Views 26 Comments

65% of Irish people said they use the internet every day.

Like Dublin Bay prawns? Irish fishermen are allowed to catch more of them
# Bigger Boat
# Bigger Boat

Like Dublin Bay prawns? Irish fishermen are allowed to catch more of them

Dec 17th 2014, 9:12 AM 6,876 Views 18 Comments

Ireland convinced the European Commission’s to change their mind on fish quotas.

# 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 14,031 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 19,556 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 41 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

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 13,509 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 16,910 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 17,197 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 6,804 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 11,503 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 10,178 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 15,207 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 6,122 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 14,044 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 18,370 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 28 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 8,877 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 6,528 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 11,742 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 13 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.