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European Commission

European Commission

This is the body responsible for proposing legislation, implements decisions, safegaurding treaties and the general day-to-day running of the Union. This body is similar to the government's cabinet. It is comprised of 27 commissioners, one from each member state, commissioners are expected to represent the interests of the Union as a whole rather than the interests of their home state.

# european-commission - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

From Business ETC European Commission proposes rules for the operation of unmanned drones Civil Drones

European Commission proposes rules for the operation of unmanned drones

The new regulations would allow remotely piloted devices to be treated the same way as piloted aircraft.

# european-commission - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Road deaths falling in Europe – but up 19 per cent in Ireland

The European Commission expressed concern today about trends in deaths of vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists.

# european-commission - Thursday 27 March, 2014

One in three Irish adults never exercise

That’s 34 per cent of the population.

# european-commission - Wednesday 19 March, 2014

Greece could get more cash after Troika agree next step in bailout programme IMF

Greece could get more cash after Troika agree next step in bailout programme

Meanwhile, IMF chief Christine Lagarde denied any wrongdoing as she was questioned for the third time by French prosecutors in a corruption case.

# european-commission - Friday 7 March, 2014

From Business ETC UK tribunal rules Ryanair must sell Aer Lingus stake Sell Up

UK tribunal rules Ryanair must sell Aer Lingus stake

The company said today is will be appealing the ruling.

# european-commission - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

Barroso: ‘The European Commission is one of Ireland’s best friends’

In a speech to be delivered tomorrow night in Cork, the European Commission President praises the “sacrifices” Irish families have made.

# european-commission - Thursday 27 February, 2014

From Business ETC App companies face EU pressure to limit in-app purchases for kids App Store

App companies face EU pressure to limit in-app purchases for kids

The European Commission is meeting with a number of large tech companies and policy makers to discuss the problem of paid content in apps designed for children.

Hauliers want exemption from “unfair” Northern Irish roads levy

MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has asked the EU Commissioner for Transport to intervene in the issue.

# european-commission - Monday 24 February, 2014

Some care staff are working seven ‘sleepover’ shifts a fortnight say unions

SIPTU and IMPACT have lodged a complaint with the European Commission.

# european-commission - Sunday 16 February, 2014

It could be “impossible” for an independent Scotland to join the EU

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso noted that the formation of a new member state needs approval from all other EU nations.

# european-commission - Monday 3 February, 2014

If you’re for voting rights for Irish abroad the EU is on your side

The European Commission intervention comes as the ‘We’re Coming Back’ group make a submission to Irish Government arguing for voting rights.

# european-commission - Monday 27 January, 2014

Europe to help Guinea after 5-year freeze

€140 million has been released to support development in the west African nation.

# european-commission - Monday 13 January, 2014

Column: The Reform Alliance – should we expect radical change… or more of the same?

The new political alliance espouses reform; however, there appears to be little real questioning of the nature of that ‘reform’ or who stands to benefit from it, writes Rory Hearne.

# european-commission - Monday 30 December, 2013

No more austerity, not even for the sake of the euro

A new Red C poll of Irish adults finds that just 27 per cent of Irish people would support cuts to save the euro.

# european-commission - Friday 20 December, 2013

‘Ireland wasn’t a victim of the Euro, the Euro was a victim of Ireland’s banks’- Barroso

The European Commission President didn’t mince his words last night.

# european-commission - Thursday 19 December, 2013

Taoiseach: I fully expect to lead Fine Gael into the next election

Enda Kenny is “flattered” by being linked to two top European jobs that become available next year, but has insisted he intends to lead his party into the next general election.

# european-commission - Monday 16 December, 2013

Coveney facing “exceptionally tough” negotiations on fishing quotas

Proposals put forward by the European Commission would severely cut quotas for some of the stocks of vital importance to Irish fishing communities.

# european-commission - Friday 13 December, 2013

Ministers have some good news, and they’ll be telling us about it all day

There’ll be a sustained eight-hour media assault by Cabinet members and State agency bosses today, as the Government marks the end of the bailout.

# european-commission - Thursday 12 December, 2013

From Business ETC Extra Banking Union meeting needed after ministers fail to reach agreement Brussels

Extra Banking Union meeting needed after ministers fail to reach agreement

Eurogroup ministers met earlier this week on the topic, but only agreed on general principles.

# european-commission - Saturday 30 November, 2013

E-cigarette manufacturers could face tough new restrictions

The measures could restrict the amount of nicotine allowed in electronic cigarettes, which have been marketed as a way for smokers to wean themselves off the habit.

# european-commission - Monday 25 November, 2013

From Business ETC European Commission to publish proposal on closing more corporate tax loopholes Brussels

European Commission to publish proposal on closing more corporate tax loopholes

The proposal is part of a wide range of measures planned by the EU to tackle tax evasion.

# european-commission - Wednesday 20 November, 2013

IMO welcomes decision to refer Ireland to EU Court of Justice

The directive has failed to be implemented properly in the health service, the European Commission says.

# european-commission - Tuesday 19 November, 2013

From Business ETC ‘A great day for Europe’: MEPs approve EU’s budget for the next seven years MFF

‘A great day for Europe’: MEPs approve EU’s budget for the next seven years

The agreement brings to near conclusion a lengthy process of getting 28 member states to agree on its spending priorities for the coming years.

# european-commission - Thursday 14 November, 2013

5 reasons why the government decided to exit the bailout and go it alone

When the bailout ends, Ireland will not avail of a precautionary credit line, but why? Let us explain…

# european-commission - Tuesday 12 November, 2013

EU Budget for 2014 agreed after marathon overnight talks

A 400 million fund to help countries hit by flooding and drought had been one of the main stumbling blocks in the negotiations.

# european-commission - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

Ireland’s economy forecast to grow 1.7 per cent in 2014

Olli Rehn says the European economy has reach a “turning point”, but it is too early to declare victory.

# european-commission - Sunday 3 November, 2013

There’s something about Enda: Taoiseach ‘being seriously talked about’ for EU job

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed that his party leader is being talked about in Brussels as a possible European Commission or European Council president.

# european-commission - Thursday 31 October, 2013

Sinn Féin on Troika meeting: ‘We gave it to them hard and heavy’

Pearse Doherty said that officials from the Troika told Sinn Féin that the chances of retrospective bank recapitalisation are “very slim”.

# european-commission - Wednesday 30 October, 2013

Silicone in controversial PIP breast implants won’t cause cancer says report

A European Commission report confirmed that no toxins are present in the implants, but that removal should be considered under certain circumstances.

# european-commission - Monday 14 October, 2013

Ireland paid over €3.5m in EC fines over septic tanks and EIAs

The state has finished paying off the penalties related to environmental issues – they amounted to €3,648,000.

# european-commission - Thursday 26 September, 2013

Human trafficking report is a ‘wake up’ call to government, says Immigrant Council

Ireland faces criticism over a ‘very low’ number of prosecutions against human traffickers

# european-commission - Saturday 14 September, 2013

EU finance ministers seek progress on bank closures plan

European finance ministers are meeting today in Vilnius to discuss the planned Banking Union, which would allow a failing bank to be closed before it damages the underlying economy.

# european-commission - Thursday 12 September, 2013

From Business ETC EU probe into Ireland tax deals with multinationals Europe

EU probe into Ireland tax deals with multinationals

The probe, by the European Commission, also looks at Luxembourg and the Netherlands – but the Department of Finance said that “no formal EU state aid enquiry has been launched”.

From Business ETC Taoiseach: OECD says we’re not a tax haven, FF: You’re being complacent Talking Tax

Taoiseach: OECD says we’re not a tax haven, FF: You’re being complacent

The Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil spokesperson Michael McGrath were responding to news that the European Commission is scrutinising Ireland’s tax regime.

# european-commission - Wednesday 11 September, 2013

From Business ETC Barroso: The crisis is not over but we have reason to be confident Europe

Barroso: The crisis is not over but we have reason to be confident

The President of the European Commission told MEPs that the focus of this term should be on adopting the single banking mechanism and tackling unemployment.

# european-commission - Tuesday 10 September, 2013

From Business ETC EU institutions at odds over ‘Robin Hood Tax’ Financial Transactions Tax

EU institutions at odds over ‘Robin Hood Tax’

The European Commission has disagreed with lawyers for the European Council who say the financial transactions tax on banks is illegal.

# european-commission - Monday 29 July, 2013

From Business ETC Plan for sale of Bord Gáis Energy published by Government State Assets

Plan for sale of Bord Gáis Energy published by Government

It’s expected around a billion euro will be raised by the sale, with around half of the funds raised going to pay down bailout debt.

# european-commission - Wednesday 10 July, 2013

EU regulation of e-cigarettes a step closer

A vote today on the EU tobacco control directive was passed by MEPs on the Public Health Committee.

# european-commission - Wednesday 3 July, 2013

European Parliament approves epic €960 billion budget after months of squabbling

The EU budget cuts spending for the first time ever.

# european-commission - Monday 1 July, 2013

European Commission expects ‘clarity and transparency’ from US over spying claims

In a statement today the Commission said that the allegations that offices in Brussels and the United States were targeted, “demand full clarification”.

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