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Dual set of rules would lead to “mountain of paperwork and bureaucracy” - Maroš Šefčovič

Dual set of rules would lead to “mountain of paperwork and bureaucracy” - Maroš Šefčovič

June 15, 2022

The European Commission insists it has come up with a “set of solutions” to enable the easy movement of goods between Britain and Northern Ireland.

European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič this morning said their proposals included a 3-page certification system for a whole lorry full of different goods. And he said they would even allow the movement of certain goods that would otherwise be restricted, such as chilled meat, like sausages.

Mr Šefčovič announced details of new infringement proceedings the Commission is taking against the UK for not complying with “significant parts” of the Northern Ireland protocol. He said their proposals were all about simplification and were in stark contrast to the dual regulatory regime proposed by the UK.

Out words: on a whim

Dur: 00:32

UK bill on protocol “extremely damaging” - Maroš Šefčovič

UK bill on protocol “extremely damaging” - Maroš Šefčovič

June 15, 2022

The European Commission is launching infringement proceedings against the UK for what it calls “breaking international law” because it hasn’t complied with significant parts of the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The Commission says that despite repeated calls on the UK government to implement the Protocol, it has failed to do so. 

The European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič announced details of the infringement proceedings this morning. He says “acting unilaterally is not constructive” and “violating international agreements is not acceptable”. 

Out words: single market

Dur: 01:27

EU launches legal action against UK on Protocol  – Sefcovic

EU launches legal action against UK on Protocol – Sefcovic

June 15, 2022

The EU is launching legal action against the UK for not complying with significant parts of the Northern Ireland protocol.

The European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič announced this morning they are proceeding with an infringement process originally launched in 2021. If the UK doesn’t reply within 2 months he said they may take them to the European Court of Justice.

The EU is also launching 2 new infringements against the UK. One is for failing to carry out necessary controls at border control posts in Northern Ireland. The second is for failing to provide the EU with essential trading statistics data.

Mr Šefčovič said the UK’s bill on the Protocol was extremely damaging to mutual trust. He said it’s creating “deep uncertainty” and is casting a shadow over cooperation between the EU and the UK.

Out words: is illegal

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World facing “collision” of crises compounded by “Putin’s war” – Von der Leyen

World facing “collision” of crises compounded by “Putin’s war” – Von der Leyen

June 8, 2022

Two hundred and seventy five million people are likely to be at risk of food insecurity across the world this year. And rising inflation could push those numbers and risks out of control.

That’s the warning from the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. She told the European Parliament that the World bank has estimated 10 million people are pushed into extreme poverty for every percentage point increase in food prices.

And she said we should be under “no illusions” about the challenges ahead.

Out words: tolerate this

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Food now part of Kremlin’s “arsenal of terror” – Von der Leyen

Food now part of Kremlin’s “arsenal of terror” – Von der Leyen

June 8, 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is reverberating around the world. And it’s leading to millions of people fearing they won’t be able to heat their homes or feed their children.  

That’s the grim assessment of the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen who was speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today.  

She told MEPs, we are facing a collision of a crisis which will amplify food insecurity and debt destress around the world. And she said the war in Ukraine is worsening the impact of problems caused by a range of factors from climate change to the pandemic.  

Out words: tolerate this

Dur: 00:27

Taoiseach “strongly” supports Ukraine EU membership

Taoiseach “strongly” supports Ukraine EU membership

June 8, 2022

Taoiseach Micheál Martin this morning expressed strong support for Ukraine’s membership of the European Union. He was speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the topic of “This is Europe”.

He told MEPs the EU should support those countries that want to join the EU in undertaking the necessary reforms and preparations to become a member. And he said, further barriers should not be placed in their way when they meet the criteria for joining

Out words: is transformative

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Unilateral action on Protocol will be “deeply damaging” and mark “historic low point” – Taoiseach

Unilateral action on Protocol will be “deeply damaging” and mark “historic low point” – Taoiseach

June 8, 2022

The Taoiseach has condemned the British government for what he called its “bad faith efforts” to undermine a Treaty freely entered into.

Speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg a short time ago, Micheál Martin said the European Union has worked hard to find ways to minimise the negative impacts of Brexit on businesses and citizens of Northern Ireland.

But he said, efforts to block agreements or introduce new problems have been seen instead of creating a constructive atmosphere for all to engage in.

Out words: International relations

Dur: 00:34

Ireland has “huge opportunities” to offer on renewables  – EU Commissioner

Ireland has “huge opportunities” to offer on renewables – EU Commissioner

June 2, 2022

The EU Commissioner for Energy says Ireland has “huge opportunities to offer” when it comes to developing renewable energy sources.

Kadri Simson made the comments during an address today to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action. She told committee members the EU has to increase the renewable share in its energy mix to reach 45% by 2030.

Out words: Wild Atlantic Way

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EU Energy Commissioner to discuss Ireland’s high electricity costs – Simson

EU Energy Commissioner to discuss Ireland’s high electricity costs – Simson

June 2, 2022

Ireland’s high electricity costs will be discussed by the EU’s Energy Commissioner during her trip here today and tomorrow. She says our electricity prices are higher than the EU average.

Kadri Simson’s two day visit includes a meeting with the Taoiseach and Minister Eamon Ryan. She’ll also appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Environment and Climate action (scheduled to start at 14:15 today)

The recent EU agreement to block most Russian oil imports by the end of the year is likely to lead to even higher energy costs. Commissioner Simson says the sanctions will have an economic impact despite being implemented over a period of time.

Out words: economic impact

Dur: 00:20

EU “doing everything” possible to help Ukrainian farmers – EU Commissioner

EU “doing everything” possible to help Ukrainian farmers – EU Commissioner

May 30, 2022

Russia must not be allowed to destroy Ukraine’s agricultural industry and “present themselves as a saviour of the world” against hunger.

That’s according to the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development. Janusz Wojciechowski is visiting Ireland today to attend the World Potato Congress in Dublin.

Commissioner Wojciechowski says the EU is “doing everything” possible to help Ukrainian farmers to export badly needed food like grain to other EU countries for storage.  

Out words: Ukrainian export

Dur: 00:34

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