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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.

# 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.

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

Ireland’s EU presidency ‘confused and inadequate’ on female genital mutilation

In a review, Amnesty International described the government’s approach as “confused and inadequate”.

# european-union - Saturday 7 September, 2013

Eamon Gilmore: There is nothing normal about British-Irish relations

The Tánaiste is to give a wide-ranging speech on British-Irish relations in Cambridge later today.

# european-union - Wednesday 4 September, 2013

11-seat national constituency proposed in EU Parliament redraw submissions

The proposal is one of two radical ideas put forward by Lucinda Creighton but neither are possible under the terms of reference for the Constituency Commission considering the redrawing of Ireland’s European constituency map.

# european-union - Monday 19 August, 2013

Returning Irish citizens must pay ‘non-EU fees’ of up to €20,000 for third-level education

The rules apply to students who have spent more than two years of the previous five outside the European Union.

# european-union - Thursday 15 August, 2013

Column: The flaw at the heart of the EU? Not prioritising unemployment

The European Union has a single guiding principle: keep inflation down. But that view is far too narrow at a time when the bloc is undergoing an appalling unemployment crisis, writes Tiernan Brady.

# european-union - Sunday 28 July, 2013

This is how you make it onto the EU’s terror blacklist

Earlier this week the EU decided to add Hezbollah’s ‘military wing’ to its list of terror organisations.

# european-union - Saturday 20 July, 2013

From Business ETC Crisis talks on Portugal bailout breakdown Portugal

Crisis talks on Portugal bailout breakdown

The country’s three main parties failed to reach a deal to end the political crisis that threatens to derail the government’s bid to overhaul its finances.

# european-union - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

21 bankers in Ireland earned more than €1 million in 2011

Another EU state had 2,436 individuals earning over €1 million in the same year.

# european-union - Saturday 13 July, 2013

Government spent over €10k on report into how well its EU presidency went

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has also revealed that €51 million was spent on Ireland’s EU Presidency, around €9 million under budget.

Burton pledges to combat ‘sham marriages’

The minister said her department is currently working on legislation to make marriages of convenience more difficult to contract.

# european-union - Thursday 11 July, 2013

From Business ETC House prices in the EU continue to plummet Property

House prices in the EU continue to plummet

In Ireland, prices fell 3 per cent nationally in the first three months of this year.

# european-union - Wednesday 3 July, 2013

Next stop Strasbourg: Emily O’Reilly wins vote to become new EU Ombudsman

Emily O’Reilly was declared the new EU Ombudsman after a close election battle.

Ireland’s Ombudsman may be on track to take over as European Ombudsman

After the first round of voting yesterday, Emily O’Reilly was tied at the top with Dutch politician Ria Oomen-Ruijten.

# european-union - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

Portugal’s PM declares: ‘I’m not resigning. I’m not abandoning the country’

Pedro Passos Coelho was responding to the resignation of his foreign minister tonight, a day after his finance minister quit.

# european-union - 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”.

From Business ETC Food, alcohol and tobacco prices drive up cost of living Inflation

Food, alcohol and tobacco prices drive up cost of living

Inflation in the eurozone is expected to be 1.6 per cent for last month, up 0.2 per cent from May.

From Business ETC Over 26 million people in the EU were unemployed last month Unemployment

Over 26 million people in the EU were unemployed last month

Compared with May last year, the rate of unemployment has increased in 17 member states and fallen in ten.

Dobrodošli! Croatia becomes the 28th member of the EU

Croatia was first put on the list of candidate countries nine years ago and officially joined just after midnight today.

# european-union - Tuesday 25 June, 2013

Column: With public trust in the EU declining, we need to ensure people feel connected

A forward and outward looking European Union is what we need, writes Dominic Hannigan TD, who says national parliaments should have an enhanced role in shaping the future of the EU.

Oireachtas agenda: Budget 2014 (yes, already) and Dáil scrapping Seanad?

The final Dáil vote on whether to proceed with a constitutional referendum will be held just after 10:30pm this evening.

# european-union - Monday 24 June, 2013

EU enlargement ads are back – and not so ‘racist’ this time

The new, improved ad to promote the “growing together” theme is in Irish cinemas now. What do you think of it?

# european-union - Saturday 22 June, 2013

From Business ETC EU finance ministers fail to agree on who should pay for bank bailouts Bank Bailout

EU finance ministers fail to agree on who should pay for bank bailouts

The 27 EU ministers will meet again Wednesday to try and finalise a decision.

# european-union - Friday 21 June, 2013

The 5 at 5: Friday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock…

Diplomatic row erupts between Germany and Turkey

The disagreement centres on criticism from Turkey over slow progress on the country’s bid to join the EU.

# european-union - Thursday 20 June, 2013

German MEP accuses Gilmore of ‘manipulation’ over EU budget

Last night, Eamon Gilmore said that agreement had been reached on the EU’s €960 billion budget – but is this in danger?

Is the European Union funding the torture of refugees in Libya?

Amnesty International says European funding to secure Libyan borders is resulting in ‘holding centres’ where abuses occur.