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European Union

European Union

A political and economic union consisting of 27 member countries. It is a trading bloc with common trading laws and product regulation for all of its members. The union was originaly the European Coal and Steel Community and was set up after the Second World War to help improve relations between countries. In 1957 it became the European Economic Community and in 1993 the EU was formally established.

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# european-union - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

EU to double Ireland’s funding for homeless services like soup kitchens

Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy said the increase is welcome but it is still too low considering the scale of poverty across the EU.

# european-union - 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-union - Monday 10 February, 2014

Families affected by swine flu jab to demand action from EU health commissioner

The vaccine, which has been linked to narcolepsy in young people, was approved by the European medicines watchdog in 2009.

# european-union - Monday 27 January, 2014

Column: The Troika may be gone, but Ireland’s social problems remain

With the instability in the eurozone receding in recent months, we have seen the emergence of an important debate at European level: how to tackle the serious social impact of the recession, writes Dominic Hannigan TD.

# european-union - Friday 24 January, 2014

British exit from EU wouldn’t give Taoiseach a headache

The Taoiseach also dismissed suggestions that he would take up a role in the EU instead of leading Fine Gael into the 2016 general election.

# european-union - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Adams accuses European leaders of trying to create ‘EU army’

Adams questioned the future of Irish neutrality as the EU plans to increase spending on weapons.

# european-union - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

From Business ETC House prices in the euro area are still on the rise House Prices

House prices in the euro area are still on the rise

Countries like Slovenia and Denmark, however, are not faring well.

# european-union - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

Irish MEPs ‘confident’ EU will provide storm repair funds

A group of MEPs met with the Commissioner for Regional Development in Strasbourg this morning.

# european-union - Friday 10 January, 2014

From Business ETC Central Bank governor: The bailout programme did what it said on the tin Central Bank

Central Bank governor: The bailout programme did what it said on the tin

Honohan said, now that we have exited the programme, “the rest is up to us”.

# european-union - Tuesday 7 January, 2014

Column: The EU’s Eastern Partnership in tatters – is a fresh energy strategy the answer?

The creation of a vibrant renewable energy sector would not only give the EaP countries energy independence, it would also reduce Russian political interference in their affairs, writes David Moloney.

# european-union - Wednesday 1 January, 2014

And then there were 18: Latvia joins the Euro today

There was some surprise about the timing of Latvia’s request to join the Euro, but its government thinks it will help to attract investors.

# european-union - 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-union - 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-union - Monday 9 December, 2013

Column: What happens to Ireland if the UK exits the EU?

While Ireland has no say over the outcome of the UK referendum, we should already be working on contingency plans in the case of its exit from the union – as we stand to be the worst affected, writes John O’Donnell.

# european-union - Saturday 7 December, 2013

From Business ETC ‘It wasn’t SOPA, we were not doing SOPA’: Sherlock defends controversial copyright law Online Copyright Law

‘It wasn’t SOPA, we were not doing SOPA’: Sherlock defends controversial copyright law

Junior Minister Seán Sherlock has spoken at length about the controversy surrounding a law enacted last year that some believe will restrict internet freedom.

# european-union - Friday 6 December, 2013

From Business ETC EU fund will help ‘meet grand societal challenges of our time’ – Minister Horizon 2020

EU fund will help ‘meet grand societal challenges of our time’ – Minister

The Horizon 2020 fund will fund research and innovation across Europe for the next seven years.

# european-union - Friday 29 November, 2013

ECC report says European consumers face discrimination based on where they live

The Services Directive prohibits discriminatory conditions based on the nationality or residence of service recipients.

Cancer death rates for Ireland’s older women higher than EU average

Eurostat figures show that circulatory diseases are the most prevalent cause of deaths of over 65s in the EU28 countries.

# european-union - Monday 25 November, 2013

‘If you’ve got no vote, you’ve got no voice’ – MEP pushes election registration

Fine Gael’s Jim Higgins said we fought ‘long and hard’ for our democracy and people should participate in it.

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-union - Sunday 24 November, 2013

Tens of thousands protest in Kiev over EU agreement delay

Organisers say 100,000 turned out, though police say attendance was closer to 20,000. It was the biggest such rally since the 2004 ‘Orange Revolution’.

What did the European Union do with its Nobel Peace Prize money?

The prize money of €930,000 was collected last year…and it was put to good use.

# european-union - Friday 22 November, 2013

From Business ETC Decision on credit line will make it ‘more difficult’ to access future supports Credit Line

Decision on credit line will make it ‘more difficult’ to access future supports

A report published by the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council today has warned that the changes in Budget 2014 have removed our “margin of safety”.

# european-union - Friday 15 November, 2013

Coveney tells farmers: You’re producing too much milk

Ireland’s milk producers are on course to exceed their quota for this year which will result in a multi-million euro fine.

EU body withdraws €18m funding for Narrow Water Bridge

Both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin have called on the government to work on securing funding so the construction can go ahead.

# european-union - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

Swedish political party seeks to ban foreigners from begging

The far-right Sweden Democrats party said the main reason beggars go to Sweden is to beg in a “professional manner”.

# european-union - Friday 25 October, 2013

Nearly 700 refugees rescued off the coast of Sicily

Asylum-seekers from five different boats have been intercepted over the past 24 hours according to the Italian coastguard.

# european-union - Thursday 24 October, 2013

From Business ETC In full: Taoiseach tells EU leaders it ‘remains imperative’ to split bank and sovereign debt Bank Debt

In full: Taoiseach tells EU leaders it ‘remains imperative’ to split bank and sovereign debt

Enda Kenny has written a letter to the president of the European Council and other EU leaders. Read it in full here.

# european-union - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

From Business ETC EU avoids its own shutdown after MEPs agree to fill €2.7bn funding shortfall EU Budget

EU avoids its own shutdown after MEPs agree to fill €2.7bn funding shortfall

The emergency finance is needed because revenue from import duties fell below EU forecasts.

# european-union - Saturday 19 October, 2013

Midleton is a ‘model town’ for accessibility according to the EU

The town has received EU accreditation for accessibility after improving facilities and infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport services.

# european-union - Friday 18 October, 2013

Column: Human trafficking and forced prostitution is continuing in Ireland

Forget the myths you’ve heard about ‘happy prostitutes’ – the reality is that adults and children are in a living hell right now after being trafficked into Ireland for sexual exploitation, writes Denis Charlton.

# european-union - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

From Business ETC Irish people shop online less than average EU internet user Online Shopping

Irish people shop online less than average EU internet user

Most internet shoppers in Ireland are buying travel and holiday accommodation.

# european-union - Friday 11 October, 2013

‘They’d do an excellent job’: MEP says senators should scrutinise EU legislation

What to do with senators now they’re saved? Seán Kelly has an idea…

# european-union - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

EU demands extra search patrols as 300 feared dead in Italy migrant boat tragedy

The EU Home Affairs Commissioner is due to visit the site of the Lampedusa disaster tomorrow with Josee Manuel Barroso.

# european-union - Monday 7 October, 2013

Ireland has the highest fertility rate in the European Union

New figures from Eurostar also show that Ireland has a higher than average rate of people who are at risk of poverty and social exclusion and has experienced one of the highest falls in employment.

# european-union - Monday 30 September, 2013

Tomorrow is Emily O’Reilly’s first day as European Ombudsman

O’Reilly said today that she will focus on bridging the cap between citizens and EU institutions.

# european-union - Tuesday 24 September, 2013

‘Imperative’ to provide victims of serious crime with reasons for dropping cases

The Department of Justice has said that it is currently working on a bill that will strengthen the rights of victims and their families.

# european-union - Friday 20 September, 2013

Could Education Minister Ruairí Quinn be off to Europe?

The Labour TD was coy when asked about the possibility he could become Ireland’s EU Commissioner next year.

# european-union - 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.

Tobacco industry is lobbying MEPs ‘all the time’

Labour’s Phil Prendergast has said lobby groups are courting MEPs, hoping to encourage them to dilute directives that would be harmful to the industry.