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#European Commission

# european-commission - Friday 16 April, 2021

European Commission writes to government expressing concerns about hotel quarantine system
# Red List
# Red List

European Commission writes to government expressing concerns about hotel quarantine system

Updated Apr 16th 2021, 5:00 PM 31,183 Views 108 Comments
  • A European Commission spokesperson suggested there are other ways to protect public health.
  • Justice Minister Helen McEntee has defended legal advice over the measure, intended to prevent variants of concern.
  • The Irish Government has ten days to reply to the Commission.

# european-commission - Thursday 4 March, 2021

Coveney had 'blunt' conversation with UK government over move to extend NI Protocol grace period
# Exports
# Exports

Coveney had 'blunt' conversation with UK government over move to extend NI Protocol grace period

Updated Mar 4th 2021, 12:45 PM 34,657 Views 79 Comments
  • The EU is now considering legal options.
  • Coveney says the move was "disrespectful" and has damaged UK-EU relationships.

# european-commission - Wednesday 17 February, 2021

Ryanair loses legal bid to block government bailouts of rival European airlines
# EU State Aid
# EU State Aid

Ryanair loses legal bid to block government bailouts of rival European airlines

Feb 17th 2021, 10:56 AM 13,337 Views 26 Comments

Ryanair says it will appeal the decision to the highest EU court.

# european-commission - Tuesday 16 February, 2021

Top EU official tells Oireachtas: 'We made a mistake but please put it in perspective'
# Article 16
# Article 16

Top EU official tells Oireachtas: 'We made a mistake but please put it in perspective'

Updated Feb 16th 2021, 4:47 PM 47,097 Views 29 Comments

European Commission vice president Maroš Šefčovič addressed TDs and Senators today.

# european-commission - Wednesday 10 February, 2021

NI Protocol ‘only way to protect the Good Friday Agreement’, EU official says
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

NI Protocol ‘only way to protect the Good Friday Agreement’, EU official says

Feb 10th 2021, 9:40 PM 10,118 Views 10 Comments

Maros Sefcovic made the remarks in a letter to UK Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove

Von der Leyen 'deeply regrets' proposal to trigger Article 16
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Von der Leyen 'deeply regrets' proposal to trigger Article 16

Updated Feb 10th 2021, 9:28 AM 37,585 Views 48 Comments

The move was quickly reversed after much criticism from Ireland, Northern Ireland and Britain.

# european-commission - Thursday 4 February, 2021

Arlene Foster calls Simon Coveney 'tone deaf to unionist concerns' as talks start over NI Protocol
# Brexit
# Brexit

Arlene Foster calls Simon Coveney 'tone deaf to unionist concerns' as talks start over NI Protocol

Updated Feb 4th 2021, 9:15 AM 49,080 Views 105 Comments

Writing in this morning’s Daily Telegraph, Arlene Foster said there is “growing anger at the current arrangements in Northern Ireland”.

# european-commission - Monday 1 February, 2021

Timeline: How the EU provoked anger in Ireland and the UK with plans for a hard border for vaccines
# Article 16
# Article 16

Timeline: How the EU provoked anger in Ireland and the UK with plans for a hard border for vaccines

Feb 1st 2021, 6:05 PM 26,065 Views 30 Comments

The proposal caused outcry on both sides of the Irish Sea.

# european-commission - Friday 29 January, 2021

'The refrigerators will be empty:' Has the EU vaccine strategy gone off the rails?
# Covid19
# Covid19

'The refrigerators will be empty:' Has the EU vaccine strategy gone off the rails?

Jan 29th 2021, 6:34 PM 65,727 Views 55 Comments

The EU is under increasing pressure as member states face unexpected supply issues just one month into their vaccine programmes.

# european-commission - Monday 25 January, 2021

Amid shortfall, European Commission demands to know who AztraZeneca has delivered vaccine doses to
# Covid19
# Covid19

Amid shortfall, European Commission demands to know who AztraZeneca has delivered vaccine doses to

Updated Jan 25th 2021, 4:55 PM 77,233 Views 78 Comments

Last week the company said initial supplies to Europe will be lower than expected.

Opinion: Is the Brexit war over or has it just begun - what now for the Union?
# Brexit
# Brexit

Opinion: Is the Brexit war over or has it just begun - what now for the Union?

Jan 25th 2021, 7:00 AM 33,754 Views 40 Comments

UL’s Dr Owen Worth says the Brexit question may have been answered, but the greater concept at stake is the Union itself.

# european-commission - Tuesday 22 December, 2020

350 Irish residents stranded in Britain return to Ireland on 'repatriation flights' as travel ban set to continue
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

350 Irish residents stranded in Britain return to Ireland on 'repatriation flights' as travel ban set to continue

Updated Dec 22nd 2020, 9:26 PM 50,450 Views 41 Comments

The government said the measures would be “kept under constant review”.

# european-commission - Saturday 19 December, 2020

Reader Q&A: The Swine Flu vaccine was fast-tracked too - so how are things different this time around?
# Questions Answered
# Questions Answered

Reader Q&A: The Swine Flu vaccine was fast-tracked too - so how are things different this time around?

Dec 19th 2020, 12:05 AM 35,335 Views 26 Comments

Vaccinations in the European Union are set to begin from 27 December.

# european-commission - Tuesday 10 November, 2020

Amazon hit with European competition law charges over 'illegal abuse of its market dominance'
# Amazon
# Amazon

Amazon hit with European competition law charges over 'illegal abuse of its market dominance'

Nov 10th 2020, 11:58 AM 18,028 Views 31 Comments

The Commission has also opened a second investigation into the online retail giant.

# european-commission - Monday 5 October, 2020

Ursula von der Leyen in isolation after contact with Covid-19-infected person
# European Commission
# European Commission

Ursula von der Leyen in isolation after contact with Covid-19-infected person

Oct 5th 2020, 8:52 AM 20,546 Views 14 Comments

The European Commission President said she tested negative for the virus last week and will undergo another test today.

# european-commission - Thursday 1 October, 2020

Brexit: European Commission begins legal action against UK over Internal Market Bill
# Brexit
# Brexit

Brexit: European Commission begins legal action against UK over Internal Market Bill

Oct 1st 2020, 10:06 AM 41,212 Views 67 Comments

The Bill threatens to overwrites parts of the Withdrawal Agreement, which the UK government admitted was a breach of international law.

# european-commission - Friday 25 September, 2020

European Commission to appeal €14.3 billion Apple and Ireland tax ruling
# Apple Tax Row
# Apple Tax Row

European Commission to appeal €14.3 billion Apple and Ireland tax ruling

Sep 25th 2020, 11:39 AM 22,558 Views 43 Comments

The legal row stems from an EU investigation into Apple’s Irish tax structures.

# european-commission - Tuesday 8 September, 2020

'More conservative than she appears to be': Who is Mairead McGuinness, Ireland's new EU commissioner?
# Euro Star
# Euro Star

'More conservative than she appears to be': Who is Mairead McGuinness, Ireland's new EU commissioner?

Sep 8th 2020, 6:00 PM 37,103 Views 30 Comments

Ursula von der Leyen said that McGuinness has “significant political experience on EU issues”.

Mairead McGuinness chosen as new European Commissioner for Financial Services as Ireland loses Trade portfolio
# Commission Reshuffle
# Commission Reshuffle

Mairead McGuinness chosen as new European Commissioner for Financial Services as Ireland loses Trade portfolio

Sep 8th 2020, 9:02 AM 84,754 Views 172 Comments

Ursula von der Leyen said that McGuinness has “significant political experience on EU issues”.

# european-commission - Sunday 30 August, 2020

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness interested in taking over role as EU Trade Commissioner
# European Commission
# European Commission

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness interested in taking over role as EU Trade Commissioner

Aug 30th 2020, 6:24 PM 28,915 Views 100 Comments

Phil Hogan resigned from the role following his attendance at a controversial golf dinner in Galway.

# european-commission - Friday 28 August, 2020

The new commissioner: Who's in the running for Phil Hogan's job - and will Ireland keep the crucial trade portfolio?
# Phil Hogan
# Phil Hogan

The new commissioner: Who's in the running for Phil Hogan's job - and will Ireland keep the crucial trade portfolio?

Aug 28th 2020, 12:05 AM 31,295 Views 46 Comments

Picking a successor could be politically fraught.

# european-commission - Thursday 27 August, 2020

'I know how to take responsibility, in fact I've done it before': It's 25 years since Phil Hogan last resigned
# From The Archives
# From The Archives

'I know how to take responsibility, in fact I've done it before': It's 25 years since Phil Hogan last resigned

Aug 27th 2020, 6:00 PM 51,097 Views 38 Comments

Cast your minds back to 1995.

Von der Leyen says government must propose a woman and a man as candidates to replace Phil Hogan
# Phil Hogan
# Phil Hogan

Von der Leyen says government must propose a woman and a man as candidates to replace Phil Hogan

Updated Aug 27th 2020, 10:10 AM 98,793 Views 209 Comments

Phil Hogan resigned as Trade Commissioner last night.

# european-commission - Wednesday 26 August, 2020

'The correct course of action': Politicians react to Phil Hogan's resignation as EU Trade Commissioner
# Golfgate
# Golfgate

'The correct course of action': Politicians react to Phil Hogan's resignation as EU Trade Commissioner

Aug 26th 2020, 9:32 PM 40,177 Views 174 Comments

Phil Hogan resigned from his role this evening.

Taoiseach will not 'seek to influence' EU Commission President's decision on Phil Hogan
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Taoiseach will not 'seek to influence' EU Commission President's decision on Phil Hogan

Updated Aug 26th 2020, 12:30 PM 49,401 Views 184 Comments

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said that the government has lost confidence in the Trade Commissioner.

# european-commission - Friday 21 August, 2020

Phil Hogan 'regrets and apologises' for attendance at golfing event after public outcry
# Golfgate
# Golfgate

Phil Hogan 'regrets and apologises' for attendance at golfing event after public outcry

Updated Aug 21st 2020, 7:28 PM 57,951 Views 136 Comments

Taoiseach Micheál Martin had called on Hogan to offer a ‘meaningful response’.

# european-commission - Friday 14 August, 2020

A record number of jobs were lost across the European Union in the second quarter of the year
# Jobs Figures
# Jobs Figures

A record number of jobs were lost across the European Union in the second quarter of the year

Aug 14th 2020, 3:18 PM 9,692 Views 13 Comments

Europe is in recession after two quarters of economic contraction.

# european-commission - Tuesday 4 August, 2020

EU launches 'in-depth' probe of Google's bid for Fitbit
# Competition
# Competition

EU launches 'in-depth' probe of Google's bid for Fitbit

Aug 4th 2020, 2:36 PM 15,968 Views 3 Comments

There is concern that acquiring Fitbit’s user data will strengthen Google’s position in targeted advertising.

# european-commission - Wednesday 29 July, 2020

Head honchos at Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon to face questions from US politicians today
# Bark Or Byte
# Bark Or Byte

Head honchos at Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon to face questions from US politicians today

Jul 29th 2020, 6:10 AM 14,881 Views 6 Comments

The tech giants are being investigated for alleged anti-competitive practices.

# european-commission - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

Explainer: Will Ireland be a 'net contributor' to the EU's €750 billion recovery fund?
# EU Recovery Fund
# EU Recovery Fund

Explainer: Will Ireland be a 'net contributor' to the EU's €750 billion recovery fund?

Jul 21st 2020, 3:25 PM 24,947 Views 23 Comments

Member states will have to produce national recovery plans to access the funds.

# european-commission - Monday 20 July, 2020

Ireland has secured €8.8 million in funding from Europe to go towards Dart expansion project in Kildare
# The Dart
# The Dart

Ireland has secured €8.8 million in funding from Europe to go towards Dart expansion project in Kildare

Jul 20th 2020, 10:22 PM 42,654 Views 36 Comments

The government’s development plan aims to increase capacity on Dart services to cope with the expected rise in demand in future.

# european-commission - Thursday 16 July, 2020

Ireland ordered to pay €2 million over failing to implement EU money-laundering directive in time
# European Commission
# European Commission

Ireland ordered to pay €2 million over failing to implement EU money-laundering directive in time

Jul 16th 2020, 11:34 AM 12,219 Views 15 Comments

The directive was on the prevention of the use of financial systems for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing.

# european-commission - Wednesday 15 July, 2020

An EU court has ruled in favour of Apple and Ireland in the €13 billion tax row. So what happens now?
# The Saga Continues
# The Saga Continues

An EU court has ruled in favour of Apple and Ireland in the €13 billion tax row. So what happens now?

Jul 15th 2020, 3:26 PM 15,394 Views 24 Comments

Officials are already exploring the possibility of using a Treaty article to crack down on low-tax countries.

Apple and Ireland win appeal against European Commission's €13 billion tax ruling
# Decision Time
# Decision Time

Apple and Ireland win appeal against European Commission's €13 billion tax ruling

Updated Jul 15th 2020, 3:25 PM 90,558 Views 204 Comments

The European Commission previously ordered the US company to hand back €13 billion in unpaid tax.

'A bad day for the taxpayer': Opposition TDs accuse government of 'throwing away' Apple's €13 billion
# Tax
# Tax

'A bad day for the taxpayer': Opposition TDs accuse government of 'throwing away' Apple's €13 billion

Jul 15th 2020, 12:16 PM 73,072 Views 113 Comments

Apple and Ireland won their appeal against the European Commission’s €13 billion tax ruling.

# european-commission - Tuesday 14 July, 2020

A major ruling is expected tomorrow in the €13 billion Apple tax row - but don't expect the saga to end there
# Apple Tax
# Apple Tax

A major ruling is expected tomorrow in the €13 billion Apple tax row - but don't expect the saga to end there

Jul 14th 2020, 9:00 PM 17,647 Views 39 Comments

Whoever loses is likely to appeal that decision to a higher EU court.

# european-commission - Thursday 9 July, 2020

EU leaders remain divided on plans for a €750 billion recovery fund ahead of a vital summit meeting
# Frugal Four
# Frugal Four

EU leaders remain divided on plans for a €750 billion recovery fund ahead of a vital summit meeting

Jul 9th 2020, 3:38 PM 8,281 Views 14 Comments

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte leads a bloc of countries opposed to the deal.

# european-commission - Tuesday 7 July, 2020

The European Commission has slashed Irish and eurozone growth forecasts
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

The European Commission has slashed Irish and eurozone growth forecasts

Jul 7th 2020, 2:12 PM 17,262 Views 31 Comments

But the Commission expects the Irish economy to grow by 6.25% next year.

# european-commission - Thursday 21 May, 2020

European Commission issues recommendations to help get Ireland's economy back on track
# Economy
# Economy

European Commission issues recommendations to help get Ireland's economy back on track

May 21st 2020, 10:42 AM 22,970 Views 41 Comments

The Commission published its recommendations in a report yesterday.

# european-commission - Tuesday 19 May, 2020

Explainer: Why is Germany suddenly backing the EU recovery fund?
# European Union
# European Union

Explainer: Why is Germany suddenly backing the EU recovery fund?

May 19th 2020, 7:00 PM 27,238 Views 38 Comments

Experts say the scale of the crisis and a German constitutional court ruling might have something to do with it.