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 - Tuesday 25 February, 2014
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
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
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
# european-union - Friday 24 January, 2014
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 questioned the future of Irish neutrality as the EU plans to increase spending on weapons.
# european-union - Tuesday 21 January, 2014
Countries like Slovenia and Denmark, however, are not faring well.
# european-union - Tuesday 14 January, 2014
A group of MEPs met with the Commissioner for Regional Development in Strasbourg this morning.
# european-union - Friday 10 January, 2014
Honohan said, now that we have exited the programme, “the rest is up to us”.
# european-union - Tuesday 7 January, 2014
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
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
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
Eurogroup ministers met earlier this week on the topic, but only agreed on general principles.
# european-union - Monday 9 December, 2013
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
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
The Horizon 2020 fund will fund research and innovation across Europe for the next seven years.
# european-union - Friday 29 November, 2013
The Services Directive prohibits discriminatory conditions based on the nationality or residence of service recipients.
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
Fine Gael’s Jim Higgins said we fought ‘long and hard’ for our democracy and people should participate in it.
The proposal is part of a wide range of measures planned by the EU to tackle tax evasion.
# european-union - Sunday 24 November, 2013
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’.
The prize money of €930,000 was collected last year…and it was put to good use.
# european-union - Friday 22 November, 2013
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
Ireland’s milk producers are on course to exceed their quota for this year which will result in a multi-million euro fine.
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
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
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
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
The emergency finance is needed because revenue from import duties fell below EU forecasts.
# european-union - Saturday 19 October, 2013
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
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
Most internet shoppers in Ireland are buying travel and holiday accommodation.
# european-union - Friday 11 October, 2013
What to do with senators now they’re saved? Seán Kelly has an idea…
# european-union - Tuesday 8 October, 2013
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
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
O’Reilly said today that she will focus on bridging the cap between citizens and EU institutions.
# european-union - Tuesday 24 September, 2013
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
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
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.