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2019 European Capitals of Culture: Plovdiv and Matera

Tweet As of 1 January 2019, Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and Matera (Italy) will hold the title of European Capital of Culture for one year. Plovdiv is the first ever Bulgarian city to be chosen as European Capital of Culture. A large variety of events will take place over

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Capital Markets Union: Common EU rules on securitisation enter into force

Tweet New rules to revive the EU’s securitisation market came into force on 1 January. The new rules will ensure high standards of process, legal certainty and comparability across securitisation instruments through a higher degree of standardisation of products. Securitisation is the process where a financial instrument

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TCD leads EU-funded project into immune system switches

Tweet Identifying the chemical switches that turn different parts of our immune system on and off is opening up new avenues for treating diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis – and potential new uses for discarded drugs, according to Professor Luke O’Neill, an immunologist

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Commission opens in-depth investigation into tax treatment of Nike in the Netherlands

Tweet The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to examine whether tax rulings granted by the Netherlands to Nike may have given the company an unfair advantage over its competitors, in breach of EU State aid rules. Read more…

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R&D intensity well below EU average in Ireland

Tweet Latest Eurostat figures show that Ireland’s spending on Research and Development as a share of GDP was just over half the EU average in 2017 – 1.05% compared to the EU average of 2.07%. Sweden (3.33%) and Austria (3.16%) had the highest R&D intensities, or R&D

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Radio continues to be the most trusted form of media in Ireland

Tweet Radio is the most trusted form of media in Ireland according to the autumn 2018 Eurobarometer poll. Just over two-thirds (68%) of Irish people trust radio, well above the EU average of 59%. Television was the second most trusted form of media for Irish people at

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New EU rules on corporate tax avoidance enter into force

Tweet New EU rules on corporate tax avoidance entered into force on 1 January. The new rules create a minimum level of protection against corporate tax avoidance throughout the EU and ensure a fairer and more stable environment for businesses. Under the rules, for example, all Member

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Romania takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Tweet Romania took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 January 2019. For the next six months, Romania will chair meetings within the Council and will be responsible for driving forward the Council’s work on EU legislation. The focus of the

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The Euro celebrates its 20th birthday!

Tweet The euro, Europe’s common currency, turned 20 on 1 January 2019. Exactly 20 years ago, on 1 January 1999, 11 EU countries launched a common currency, the euro, and introduced a shared monetary policy under the European Central Bank. The historic moment was a milestone on

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Irish people still most likely to have a positive image of the EU: new Eurobarometer

Tweet Irish people continue to be the most likely to have a positive image of the EU at 64% according to the recently published Eurobarometer poll. Across the EU, the share of respondents who have a positive image of the EU has risen in 17 member states

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