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Irish people third highest users of peer-to-peer transport and accommodation services

TweetOver one in five Irish people (21%) have used online peer-to-peer accommodation services such as Airbnb this year, third highest in the EU where the average is 17%. People in the UK were the most likely to have used these services at 34% while those in the

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Commission approves Irish support scheme for SMEs

TweetThe European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules an Irish scheme to reduce the taxation of employee share options for SMEs. Under the Irish support scheme, employees of small and medium-size companies (SMEs) will be relieved from paying income tax and social contributions when exercising

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Commission wants to ban 7 new psychoactive substance

TweetThe Commission wants to ban seven new psychoactive substances across the European Union. The seven new psychoactive substances, including those commonly known as “spice”, “herbal incense” and “legal weed”, belong to two categories: four are synthetic cannabinoids, with effects similar to cannabis but much more toxic, while

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Commission acts to defend judicial independence in Poland

TweetDespite repeated efforts, for almost two years, to engage the Polish authorities in a constructive dialogue in the context of the Rule of Law Framework, the Commission this week concluded that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland.

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Commission wants more proportionate rules for investment firms

TweetThe Commission wants to make life simpler for smaller investment firms. Under new proposals, the vast majority of investment firms in the EU would no longer be subject to rules originally designed for banks but the largest and most systemic investment firms would. EU Commission Vice President

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EU funding for 6 Irish SMEs with big ideas

TweetThe EU’s scientific research fund has just announced funding for six small Irish companies with big ideas. The funding is being allocated under the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument. Four of the SMEs will receive Phase 2 funding, i.e. grants of up to €2.5 million to help bring

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EU agricultural outlook: higher global demand for livestock

TweetThe European livestock sector is expected to benefit from world population and income growth, contributing to higher EU exports. However, growth will not benefit every sector of the market. While consumption of cheese and processed dairy products is expected to rise, for example, demand for fresh milk

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Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom

TweetFollowing the guidelines adopted by the European Council (Art 50) on 15 December, the European Commission this week sent a Recommendation to the Council (Art 50) to begin discussions on the next phase of the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. The draft

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Commission wants to improve transparency and predictability of working conditions

TweetThe European Commission has proposed a new Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions across the EU. The directive sets out new rights for all workers and will serve in particular to combat cases of insufficient protection for workers in non-standard forms of employment. The Commission estimates

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Irish most optimistic about the future of the EU

TweetIrish people are the most likely to be optimistic for the future of the European Union at 80%, ahead of Luxembourg at 72%, according to the newly released Standard Autumn Eurobarometer poll. On average 57% of Europeans were optimistic about the future of the EU with optimism

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