Irish Farmers To Get EU €250m Cash Flow Boost

The European Commission has agreed to increase the Basic Payment Scheme to Irish farmers from 50% to 70%. The payment, amounting to €250 million and due on October 16th, follows recent adverse weather that has caused cash-flow difficulties for 139,000 farming families. Speaking at National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore this morning, Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for […]

Brexit: European Commission Publishes Guiding Principles On Ireland And Northern Ireland

The European Commission has today set out its principles for the political dialogue on Ireland and Northern Ireland in the Brexit negotiations. Today’s paper states that the Good Friday Agreement should continue to be protected and strengthened in all its parts after the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. The continuation of the Common Travel Area, […]

Clune asks the European Commission to strengthen the position of farmers within the food supply chain

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has submitted a Parliamentary Question to the European Commission asking them to clarify when and if they plan on developing legislative initiatives to strengthen the position of farmers within the food supply chain. She also asked Commissioner Hogan what measures are being considered to enhance the overall sustainability of the […]

The €13 billion question has been asked says Harkin

The decision by the EU Commission that Apple should repay €13bn to the Irish exchequer has profound implications for Ireland, for the EU, for foreign direct investment into the EU and, in that context, for Brexit. “Should we take the money and run or go to the Court of Justice for a final decision, those […]

‘Use It Or Lose It’ Says Harkin

The European Commission is attempting to move the goalposts concerning the issue of water charges in Ireland by giving contradictory responses to questions from members of the European Parliament. This was stated by independent MEP Marian Harkin when she slated the European Commission for issuing confusing messages and, in the process, misrepresenting the position governing […]

Refugee Emergency Relocation

Q&A on Emergency Relocation What is the European Agenda on Migration and what is its state of play? Tackling migration is one of the ten political priorities of this Commission. The European Agenda on Migration develops the political guidelines of President Juncker into tailored initiatives aimed at managing migration better in all its aspects. The […]

An end to roaming charges and an open internet guaranteed

Huge telephone bills ruining your holiday budget, an Internet connection not delivering on its promises: these experiences will be soon old memories. Almost two years after the European Commission put forward its proposal for a telecoms single market, an agreement was found with the European Parliament and the Council. The compromise was reached earlier today […]