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# european-commission - Thursday 18 December, 2014

Environment Department denies Europe could force us to pay higher water charges

Independent MEP Marian Harkin said the Commission could tell the Government to increase the controversial charge.

# european-commission - Wednesday 17 December, 2014

One in six Irish people have NEVER used the internet

65% of Irish people said they use the internet every day.

Like Dublin Bay prawns? Irish fishermen are allowed to catch more of them

Ireland convinced the European Commission’s to change their mind on fish quotas.

# european-commission - Wednesday 10 December, 2014

Walt Disney paid less than 1% tax on its billion-dollar profits: Luxleaks

Pressure is mounting on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

# european-commission - Monday 8 December, 2014

Ireland is getting 'kicked around' by big European countries on tax: Hayes

The luxleaks scandal has given Germany and France “cover” to push their agendas, the MEP says.

# european-commission - Saturday 29 November, 2014

Opinion: France flouts the eurozone rules Ireland was beaten down with EU

Opinion: France flouts the eurozone rules Ireland was beaten down with

The French prime minister has insisted that “France must be respected, it is a big country.”

# european-commission - Thursday 27 November, 2014

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Catch up as you wake up

He's only in the job 27 days but the EC boss has already survived a motion of no confidence

So much for getting it easy because you’re the new guy.

Ireland is allowing unmarked fuel to be used in private boats, so Europe is taking us to court

The European Commission asked Ireland to change legislation, and they haven’t.

# european-commission - Wednesday 26 November, 2014

'Christmas has come early': Jean-Claude Juncker has a €315bn 'kickstart' for Europe

But will Ireland get any money from a plan already criticised for being “scant on detail”?

# european-commission - Monday 24 November, 2014

Explainer: The European Parliament wants to break up Google, but why?

And is such a thing even possible?

# european-commission - Saturday 22 November, 2014

# european-commission - Thursday 13 November, 2014

Juncker now wants to end tax loopholes his country rubber-stamped for years

The European Commission president was happy to talk up his work luring multinationals when he was Luxembourg’s premier.

# european-commission - Tuesday 4 November, 2014

Calorie labelling on alcohol could soon be mandatory

Is it a good or bad idea?

# european-commission - Friday 31 October, 2014

Apple is worried it will have to pay back-taxes to Ireland... and the bill could be BIG

Grief over that claimed ‘sweetheart’ tax deal just won’t go away.

# european-commission - Wednesday 22 October, 2014

Confirmed: Big Phil Hogan is now officially the EU Agriculture Commissioner

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy said he intends to hold the commissioner accountable at all times.

# european-commission - Wednesday 15 October, 2014

Ryanair has been ordered to repay illegal state aid to Germany... AGAIN

But the company has denied any wrongdoing after it was ordered to pay back €300,000 for the latest breach.

EU tells Ireland: You must follow rules for Bus Éireann scheme

Compensation under the School Transport Scheme is not in line with current EU rules.

# european-commission - Tuesday 7 October, 2014

Opinion: We need a modern framework for data protection – and we need it now

Data protection reform will need to rebuild the trust that has been shattered by numerous spying scandals and data breaches.

# european-commission - Thursday 2 October, 2014

Ryanair ordered to pay Germany back €500,000, but everything else is grand

The budget airline’s passenger numbers keep growing and its planes are getting more full.

# european-commission - Tuesday 30 September, 2014

Here's what we know about the EU's claim that Ireland gave illegal State aid to Apple

They say that Apple was given an advantage over competitors.

# european-commission - Monday 29 September, 2014

Here's why the next 10 days are critical for the future of the European Union

Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes explains the process of confirming the make-up of the next European Commission.

# european-commission - Saturday 27 September, 2014

Olli Rehn: 'Bondholders partly to blame for Irish crisis... but your banks were reckless'

The former EU Economics Commissioner also said he would consider attending the Banking Inquiry.

# european-commission - Saturday 13 September, 2014

Aaron McKenna: 'We don’t need national political castoffs to run an arbitrarily sized bureaucracy'

European Commissioners aren’t picked on any basis of merit or usefulness. It’s no different than most governments, but at least we elect the cabinet together at home.

# european-commission - Wednesday 10 September, 2014

Explainer: Phil Hogan's set to be named as Agriculture Commissioner ... but what happens next?

Some Irish TDs have been threatening to make life difficult for Big Phil during the nomination process. But can they cause that much trouble for the divisive former minister?

# european-commission - Friday 22 August, 2014

Most young Irish people think that cannabis should be legalised

A new study by the European Commission has also found that use of legal highs was three times the European average.

# european-commission - Wednesday 30 July, 2014

The EU has unveiled a new logo that shows which devices follow its privacy laws

The growing use of RFID chips in devices has caused the European Commission to put together regulations for them, ensuring no legal ‘grey zone’ emerges from their use.

# european-commission - Monday 21 July, 2014

EU hits out at Apple over in-app purchases

The company face criticism about in-app purchases targeted at children.

# european-commission - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

Online gambling should offer players spending limits and alerts - Commission

New recommendations by the EU Commission aim to minimise potential financial harm to consumers.

# european-commission - Thursday 10 July, 2014

EU Commission seeks return of €57m in farm support payments CAP

EU Commission seeks return of €57m in farm support payments

European Court of Auditors says Commission did not properly supervise Member States in the calculation of CAP entitlements.

# european-commission - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

Co Clare wave energy project awarded €23m to develop technology

ESB-led renewable energy project aims to generate electricity by 2018.

# european-commission - Thursday 3 July, 2014

Grants to Irish farmers will total €4bn over the next six years.

They include supports for being environmentally friendly and for investment.

# european-commission - Friday 27 June, 2014

EU leaders 'could live to regret' choosing Junker as Commission president

Junker was named as the next president of the Commission today despite serious opposition from David Cameron who forced an unprecedented vote on the issue at a summit in Brussels.

# european-commission - Tuesday 24 June, 2014

EU Commission pushes for elimination of roaming charges

Data roaming prices being cut by more than half across the EU from 1 July 2014, but Neelie Kroes says that it is ‘not enough’.

# european-commission - Monday 23 June, 2014

Ryanair cancels flights ahead of France's air traffic control strike

Controllers are striking over planned cuts under the European Commission’s ‘Single Sky Europe’ programme.

EU beats US to become world's top agri and food exporter

Emerging markets, like China, are pushing up demand for European food products, according to the European Commission.

Opinion: There's no room for complacency over the investigation into Apple in Ireland Tax

Opinion: There's no room for complacency over the investigation into Apple in Ireland

In the event of a finding against Ireland, the fallout will be measured in a drop of nurses, medical cards and Gardaí on the streets.

# european-commission - Sunday 22 June, 2014

'I've a job to do here': Enda rules out top EU role... again

The Taoiseach said he expects Jean-Claude Juncker to become the next president of the European Commission, but David Cameron is trying to block this from happening.

# european-commission - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

Enda Kenny: No, I'm not worried about the investigation into Apple's Irish tax deal

The Taoiseach is pretty confident that Ireland hasn’t broken any rules.

# european-commission - Tuesday 17 June, 2014

What the IFAC? Five questions about the guys who want a tougher budget this year

This morning IFAC called on Government to stick to the €2 billion adjustment – but who are they, and why are they so eager to keep costs down?