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# European Union

This week
5th February 2023 - 8th February 2023
# Relief Efforts
Tánaiste announces €2 million in emergency aid for Turkey and Syria following earthquakes
Countries around the world have rushed to dispatch aid, personnel and equipment to help rescue efforts in the regions.
Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Summit
EU prepares more Russia sanctions as Kremlin readies offensive
Top EU officials met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv today.
# Ukraine
Ukraine to push for European Union membership at summit in Kyiv
Ukraine gained EU candidate status in June last year, several months after Vladimir Putin sent Russian troops rolling across the border.
Last month
January 2023
# Recovery Files
Cash for reforms: €700 billion EU recovery fund sparks concern and criticism
Analysis by Noteworthy and European journalists finds that Ireland is among several member states who repackaged old promises in reform plans.
# Europe
Cabinet clears way for Irish Defence Forces to send 174 troops to German-led EU Battlegroup
The Battlegroup will be on standby to respond rapidly to major humanitarian incidents and peacekeeping work.
Voices
Analysis: How is Ireland doing after 50 years in the EU?
Emma DeSouza recently visited Strasbourg and looked at how Ireland has been doing as a member state.
Last year
2022
Voices
Michéal Martin: Europe’s most sacred task remains its first - peace
The Tánaiste reflects on Ireland’s 50 years in the EU and the development of the country’s voice within.
# graft scandal
Greek MEP who is a suspect in EU corruption scandal refused release from custody
Eva Kaili has been held in custody since December 9, accused of corruption, membership of a criminal organisation and money laundering.
# Emissions
EU reaches deal on major carbon market reform
The deal aims to accelerate emissions cuts, phase out free allowances to industries and targets fuel emissions from the building and road transport sectors.
# European Union
EU grants Bosnia 'candidate status' for membership
Ukraine and Moldova have also been granted candidate status in the past six months.
Voices
Analysis: Are we seeing a change in mood music when it comes to the Northern Ireland Protocol?
Emma DeSouza writes her thoughts from Strasbourg on whether a breakthrough on the Protocol is possible.
# EU
Packages containing animal eyes sent to six Ukrainian embassies across Europe, Kyiv says
Ukraine’s foreign minister said they have grounds to believe that a “well-planned campaign of terror and intimidation of Ukrainian embassies and consulates is under way”.
# Twitter
Twitter must comply with new rules or risk ban from EU, official says
Thierry Breton, the EU’s commissioner for digital policy, held a video call with Elon Musk.
# Jobseekers
Government woos 1,200 Spaniards for 'hard-to-fill' jobs but housing problems glossed over
Hostels have become a common fallback option for workers who can’t find long-term housing.
# europol raids
Gardaí involved in major operation against 'logistics and money laundering' gang in Spain
Europol has said that the gang was providing financial and technical support to other criminal groups in Europe.
# Defence Forces
Inside Operation Irini: Smugglers, social media clues and the high seas search for illegal arms
In our second piece on Operation Irini, Niall O’Connor examines the broader strategy of the EU mission.
# rule of law
Ambassador to Italy: Rules-based order is 'front, heart and centre' for Irish diplomats
Niall O’Connor visited Rome recently and spoke to Ambassador O’Brien about the work of Irish diplomats in the city.
# join the club
Brussels recommends EU countries give Bosnia candidacy status to join bloc
The process to join the European Union can take many years.
# Sanctions
EU imposes fresh sanctions on Russia over annexation of four Ukrainian regions
It is the eighth package of sanctions the EU has adopted against Russia since the invasion of Ukraine in February.
# Energy saving
Colder offices and fewer Christmas lights ... what Europe is doing to cut down on energy use
The EU plans to cut gas consumption by 15% between 1 August 2022 and 31 March 2023.
# nord stream
EU ready if Russia turns off gas supplies, Commissioner says
“We are not afraid of Putin’s decisions,” Paolo Gentiloni said.
# European Union
North Macedonian parliament approves deal to set EU bid in motion
Opposition MPs left the chamber in protest.
# Kyiv
Taoiseach to travel to Ukraine following invite from Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Micheál Martin will visit Kyiv tomorrow.
# factfind
Explainer: What counts as EU funding and where does it go?
…And where has Ireland received – and given back to the whole process?
# how it started
WATCH: Open Newsroom - Ireland and the EU after 50 years together
Watch our webinar on how Ireland found itself at the heart of the EU 50 years ago – and how it’s working for us now.
# EU summit
'A good day for Europe': Ukraine and Moldova officially granted EU candidate status
EU leaders met to consider applications for EU candidacy from Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.
# EU Quiz
QUIZ: How much do you know about the EU and European Parliament?
How much do ‘EU’ know?
# European Union
The Good Information Podcast: The EU and You - how can Irish citizens steer Europe's course?
Where is the EU leading us on climate and common defence?
# Energy Crisis
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”.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What's the future of EU defence - and how does Ireland play a role?
On this week’s episode, former army officer Tom Clonan talks to Michelle Hennessy about how the European Union’s defence strategy is evolving.
# register
Open Newsroom Invitation: Ireland and The EU at 50 years
Join us at 1pm this Thursday to see how it started… and how it’s going.
# Brexit
Taoiseach warns of ‘serious situation’ if UK scraps Northern Ireland Protocol
It comes as the UK tables legislation that aims to override significant parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
# The Journal Live
Watch our LIVE event: The EU and You - how young Irish people can prosper as citizens of Europe
Our youth audience heard from MEPs and European expert on how they work – and challenged them on how EU should tackle issues such as climate change.
Voices
Opinion: The four big challenges facing Ireland in its future with the EU
Alexander Conway looks at how Ireland can be involved in the criticial discussions which will shape the next 50 years of the EU.
# Simon Coveney
Minister for Foreign Affairs to visit new NATO candidates Finland and Sweden today
Coveney will meet the the Foreign Affairs minister of Sweden and Finland while also meeting the Defence minister in Helsinki.
# over to you
Open thread: What are the best things Ireland has gotten out of being in the EU? And the worst?
This month, The Good Information Project is looking at the EU and we want to hear from you.
# Special Relationship
Ireland + the EU: 50 years after Ireland voted to join, how is the relationship between the two?
This month, The Good Information Project is looking at the EU.
# Europe
Taoiseach promises to push for Ukraine EU membership at June summit
He said it is “very clear to me that the future of Ukraine is within the European Union”.
# Brussels
EU agrees ban on more than two-thirds of Russian oil imports
The EU has already slapped five rounds of sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Did the EU ban crown symbols from appearing on pint glasses in the UK?
The Mail on Sunday made the claim yesterday.