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# european-commission - Thursday 20 June, 2019

UK's porn blocking laws to be delayed again
# Age Verification
# Age Verification

UK's porn blocking laws to be delayed again

Jun 20th 2019, 7:44 AM 13,797 Views 69 Comments

The laws were to be introduced on 15 July, but are to be delayed because of bureaucratic, legal issues.

# european-commission - Tuesday 28 May, 2019

The EU's Game of Thrones: Merkel and Macron clash over who should replace Juncker
# European Commission
# European Commission

The EU's Game of Thrones: Merkel and Macron clash over who should replace Juncker

May 28th 2019, 8:14 PM 11,099 Views 35 Comments

The German Chancellor prefers Manfred Weber, while Macron wants a centre-left pick, or one of two French candidates.

# european-commission - Tuesday 21 May, 2019

'Ambitious' single-use plastic straws and cutlery ban approved by European Council
# Plastics
# Plastics

'Ambitious' single-use plastic straws and cutlery ban approved by European Council

May 21st 2019, 12:43 PM 13,288 Views 17 Comments

This was the final step in adopting the single-use products ban, which will come into force in Ireland by 2021.

# european-commission - Wednesday 15 May, 2019

Who are the candidates most likely to replace Jean-Claude Juncker?
# European Commission President
# European Commission President

Who are the candidates most likely to replace Jean-Claude Juncker?

May 15th 2019, 6:30 AM 21,324 Views 43 Comments

What does the President of the European Commission do, and how is he/she elected? It’s complicated…

# european-commission - Saturday 23 March, 2019

If UK seek long extension, they'll have to run candidates in European elections, says Coveney
# Brexit
# Brexit

If UK seek long extension, they'll have to run candidates in European elections, says Coveney

Mar 23rd 2019, 7:11 PM 9,689 Views 9 Comments

The man tipped to be the next EC president says the UK is ‘infecting’ Europe’s decision-making process..

# european-commission - Thursday 28 February, 2019

Rising rents and lack of social housing has driven up homelessness in Ireland, EU warns
# European Commission
# European Commission

Rising rents and lack of social housing has driven up homelessness in Ireland, EU warns

Feb 28th 2019, 8:57 AM 23,954 Views 57 Comments

The European Commission report was highly critical of Ireland’s housing policy.

# european-commission - Tuesday 22 January, 2019

Taoiseach won't accept Brexit border promises that 'it will be alright on the night'
# Bad News
# Bad News

Taoiseach won't accept Brexit border promises that 'it will be alright on the night'

Updated Jan 22nd 2019, 2:32 PM 28,902 Views 100 Comments

A European Commission spokesman said today that it’s “pretty obvious” that a no-deal Brexit would lead to a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

# european-commission - Wednesday 19 December, 2018

EU reaches landmark agreement to cut usage of single-use plastics
# Environment
# Environment

EU reaches landmark agreement to cut usage of single-use plastics

Dec 19th 2018, 9:53 AM 16,360 Views 34 Comments

The directive will come into effect in two years time if it is passed.

# european-commission - Thursday 29 November, 2018

Irish 18-year-olds can now avail of 12,000 free interrail tickets to travel around Europe next summer
# Interrailing
# Interrailing

Irish 18-year-olds can now avail of 12,000 free interrail tickets to travel around Europe next summer

Nov 29th 2018, 11:03 PM 40,074 Views 23 Comments

Winning applicants will have the opportunity to travel between 15 April and 31 October 2019.

# european-commission - Wednesday 7 November, 2018

EU secures funding to roll out free WiFi hotspots to public spaces
# Wifi4eu
# Wifi4eu

EU secures funding to roll out free WiFi hotspots to public spaces

Nov 7th 2018, 6:15 AM 7,889 Views 6 Comments

Local authorities can apply for vouchers worth €15,000 to provide free public WiFi in town centres, parks, libraries and museums.

# european-commission - Thursday 18 October, 2018

European Commission withdraws ECJ case against Ireland after €13.1 billion Apple tax is recovered
# State Aid
# State Aid

European Commission withdraws ECJ case against Ireland after €13.1 billion Apple tax is recovered

Oct 18th 2018, 3:38 PM 33,515 Views 65 Comments

Ireland completed the recovery of the aid on 6 September.

# european-commission - Saturday 6 October, 2018

Chances of Brexit agreement have 'increased', Jean-Claude Juncker says
# Brexit
# Brexit

Chances of Brexit agreement have 'increased', Jean-Claude Juncker says

Oct 6th 2018, 1:25 PM 15,671 Views 31 Comments

The change in tone comes two days after EU Council President Donald Tusk gave London a stern warning that time was running out to strike a deal.

# european-commission - Wednesday 19 September, 2018

To reach EU targets Ireland needs to increase its plastic recycling by 80%
# OFF TARGET
# OFF TARGET

To reach EU targets Ireland needs to increase its plastic recycling by 80%

Sep 19th 2018, 3:15 PM 7,189 Views 43 Comments

According to Repak, Ireland’s plastic recycling must increase to 175,000 tonnes by 2030 to reach new EU targets.

# european-commission - Wednesday 12 September, 2018

Charlie Flanagan has 'open mind' about scrapping seasonal time changes
# Clocked
# Clocked

Charlie Flanagan has 'open mind' about scrapping seasonal time changes

Updated Sep 12th 2018, 4:26 PM 30,361 Views 117 Comments

The President of the European Commission has proposed to end the changes in Europe next year.

# european-commission - Saturday 1 September, 2018

Lights out for halogen lamps as Europe-wide phasing-out of bulbs begins today
# Lightbulb Moment
# Lightbulb Moment

Lights out for halogen lamps as Europe-wide phasing-out of bulbs begins today

Sep 1st 2018, 6:30 AM 27,183 Views 61 Comments

EU member states agreed to withdrawing the inefficient bulbs from the market in 2009.

# european-commission - Monday 6 August, 2018

European Commission opens case against Ireland over levels of drinking water contamination
# Trihalomethanes
# Trihalomethanes

European Commission opens case against Ireland over levels of drinking water contamination

Aug 6th 2018, 10:00 PM 37,229 Views 85 Comments

Earlier this year Irish Water was fined for delays in carrying out work at six water treatment plans in Donegal to reduce levels.

# european-commission - Sunday 5 August, 2018

UK trade secretary says Britain likely to leave EU without a deal
# Liam Fox
# Liam Fox

UK trade secretary says Britain likely to leave EU without a deal

Aug 5th 2018, 11:49 AM 12,626 Views 90 Comments

Liam Fox put the chances of a no-deal departure at “60-40″.

# european-commission - Sunday 22 July, 2018

'Nonsensical': Restaurants are fighting an EU bid to mandate free tap water for all
# Water Charges
# Water Charges

'Nonsensical': Restaurants are fighting an EU bid to mandate free tap water for all

Jul 22nd 2018, 7:03 AM 22,521 Views 52 Comments

Trade groups believe a European proposal will unfairly burden businesses.

# european-commission - Friday 20 July, 2018

Pressure mounts on GAA after Liam Miller tribute match sells out within minutes
# Páirc Uí Chaoimh
# Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Pressure mounts on GAA after Liam Miller tribute match sells out within minutes

Updated Jul 20th 2018, 5:30 PM 52,773 Views 214 Comments

The move may fall foul of a 2016 ruling by the European Commission over a €30m grant from the Government for the stadium’s redevelopment.

# european-commission - Thursday 19 July, 2018

New Brexit secretary says he will 'intensify' talks with EU
# Dominic Raab
# Dominic Raab

New Brexit secretary says he will 'intensify' talks with EU

Jul 19th 2018, 10:19 PM 7,707 Views 19 Comments

Meanwhile, the EU has urged members to “step up preparations” for all Brexit outcomes before the 30 March deadline.

# european-commission - Wednesday 18 July, 2018

EU's Jean-Claude Juncker calls for 'respect' over stumbling incident
# Sciatica
# Sciatica

EU's Jean-Claude Juncker calls for 'respect' over stumbling incident

Jul 18th 2018, 10:46 PM 37,545 Views 74 Comments

He has said he was suffering from sciatica when he repeatedly stumbled at a NATO summit.

Google just got fined a whopping €4.3 billion for its conduct regarding its Android system
# Ouch
# Ouch

Google just got fined a whopping €4.3 billion for its conduct regarding its Android system

Jul 18th 2018, 12:17 PM 22,174 Views 39 Comments

The fine relates to the online giant allegedly using its Android phone operating system to further its own dominance of the search engine market.

# european-commission - Friday 13 July, 2018

Back pain, not alcohol, caused Juncker summit stumble, according to EU
# Unsteady
# Unsteady

Back pain, not alcohol, caused Juncker summit stumble, according to EU

Jul 13th 2018, 1:28 PM 31,741 Views 87 Comments

The 63-year-old was seen repeatedly unsteady on his feet at the NATO summit dinner on Wednesday night.

# european-commission - Friday 22 June, 2018

Hate speech, xenophobia, and resentment are 'unrelentingly' on the rise across Europe
# Getting Worse
# Getting Worse

Hate speech, xenophobia, and resentment are 'unrelentingly' on the rise across Europe

Jun 22nd 2018, 3:34 PM 16,037 Views 134 Comments

The annual report of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance paints a bleak picture of the levels of tolerance currently being seen across the EU.

# european-commission - Wednesday 20 June, 2018

Phil Hogan: 'I don’t think the British are in a very coherent position at the moment'
# Europhil
# Europhil

Phil Hogan: 'I don’t think the British are in a very coherent position at the moment'

Jun 20th 2018, 6:01 AM 11,035 Views 58 Comments

Ireland’s EU commissioner said that the Irish government’s patience is wearing thin.

# european-commission - Sunday 10 June, 2018

How can you bag some free InterRail tickets?
# Irish Young People
# Irish Young People

How can you bag some free InterRail tickets?

Jun 10th 2018, 1:00 PM 15,647 Views 8 Comments

The new scheme will provide 140 free InterRail tickets to 18 year olds that can cost up to €700

# european-commission - Monday 28 May, 2018

Plastic straws, cutlery and cotton buds could be banned across the EU
# Marine Litter
# Marine Litter

Plastic straws, cutlery and cotton buds could be banned across the EU

May 28th 2018, 3:23 PM 15,361 Views 38 Comments

Some 500,000 tonnes of plastic waste from the EU end up in the sea every year.

# european-commission - Thursday 10 May, 2018

Building firm CRH is no longer Ireland's biggest company as a familiar name shoots to the top of the tree
# Policy And Economy
# Policy And Economy

Building firm CRH is no longer Ireland's biggest company as a familiar name shoots to the top of the tree

May 10th 2018, 6:20 AM 35,603 Views 35 Comments

Tech giant Apple has made a meteoric rise up the leaderboard of the country’s largest businesses.

# european-commission - Tuesday 24 April, 2018

European Commission clears way for Ireland's sugar tax to start next week
# Tax
# Tax

European Commission clears way for Ireland's sugar tax to start next week

Apr 24th 2018, 5:53 PM 20,764 Views 76 Comments

The tax on sugar-sweetened drinks was first announced as part of Budget 2017.

# european-commission - Thursday 29 March, 2018

Date for sugar tax pushed back three weeks from 6 April to 1 May
# Delay
# Delay

Date for sugar tax pushed back three weeks from 6 April to 1 May

Mar 29th 2018, 1:16 PM 14,769 Views 46 Comments

The date has been pushed back to ensure the tax complies with EU State aid law.

# european-commission - Monday 19 March, 2018

Some fidget spinners can cause serious injuries to children - EU report
# Burn Hazard
# Burn Hazard

Some fidget spinners can cause serious injuries to children - EU report

Mar 19th 2018, 12:30 PM 11,655 Views 21 Comments

The European Commission says its product alert system has detected some light-up spinners whose batteries can cause “burns to the oesophagus and intestines”.

# european-commission - Tuesday 13 March, 2018

European Commission president: 'Good Friday Agreement must be preserved in all its dimensions'
# Brexit
# Brexit

European Commission president: 'Good Friday Agreement must be preserved in all its dimensions'

Mar 13th 2018, 3:26 PM 10,523 Views 85 Comments

Jean-Claude Juncker said that the European Union stood “firm and united” when it came to Ireland.

# european-commission - Saturday 3 February, 2018

Polish man fighting extradition from Ireland citing the alleged corruption of his own country's legal system
# Test Case
# Test Case

Polish man fighting extradition from Ireland citing the alleged corruption of his own country's legal system

Feb 3rd 2018, 7:30 AM 21,360 Views 0 Comments

Artur Celmer is the subject of three separate extradition warrants from his native country (where he claims he could not get a fair trial) for alleged drug trafficking.

# european-commission - Thursday 25 January, 2018

The EU has shot down claims that Nama gives illegal state aid to developers
# Building And Property
# Building And Property

The EU has shot down claims that Nama gives illegal state aid to developers

Jan 25th 2018, 11:49 AM 9,474 Views 20 Comments

Some of Ireland’s biggest developers claimed the ‘bad bank’ had broken the rules.

# european-commission - Wednesday 17 January, 2018

Poll: Do you make an effort to cut down on single-use coffee cups?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you make an effort to cut down on single-use coffee cups?

Jan 17th 2018, 9:50 AM 15,051 Views 63 Comments

The EU is going to ban single-use coffee cups by 2030.

The EU is going to ban single-use coffee cups by 2030
# Plastic
# Plastic

The EU is going to ban single-use coffee cups by 2030

Jan 17th 2018, 8:29 AM 13,063 Views 35 Comments

Around 26 million tonnes of plastic waste is generated in Europe every year, but only 30% of that is recycled.

# european-commission - Friday 8 December, 2017

This is what the Brexit deal means for Ireland and Northern Ireland
# No Hard Border
# No Hard Border

This is what the Brexit deal means for Ireland and Northern Ireland

Dec 8th 2017, 7:54 AM 77,056 Views 160 Comments

There will be NO hard border.

# european-commission - Thursday 30 November, 2017

The government isn't saying when the €13 billion from Apple will be recovered
# Public Accounts Committee
# Public Accounts Committee

The government isn't saying when the €13 billion from Apple will be recovered

Nov 30th 2017, 2:40 PM 9,366 Views 31 Comments

Collecting the money requires a “bespoke solution”, a top official said.

# european-commission - Wednesday 1 November, 2017

Ireland has the second highest third-level fees in Europe
# Tuition Fees
# Tuition Fees

Ireland has the second highest third-level fees in Europe

Nov 1st 2017, 9:15 PM 36,407 Views 47 Comments

The report from the European Commission looks the costs and supports associated with higher education in 42 European countries.

# european-commission - Tuesday 10 October, 2017

Debate Room: We should take Apple's €13 billion to halve housing lists
# Apple Tax
# Apple Tax

Debate Room: We should take Apple's €13 billion to halve housing lists

Oct 10th 2017, 6:45 AM 7,089 Views 83 Comments

The European Commission announced last week that it is taking Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to recover €13 billion of tax due from Apple.