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Agreement likely on Ukraine EU candidate status – Byrne

Agreement likely on Ukraine EU candidate status – Byrne

June 21, 2022

EU leaders are likely to agree to give Ukraine EU candidate status. That’s according to the Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne. He was speaking in Luxembourg this morning where a General Affairs council of EU Ministers is being held.  

Today’s meeting comes ahead of an upcoming European Council summit later this week where EU leaders will discuss the EU membership applications of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.

Minister Byrne says Ireland has played a leading role in working towards accession and candidate status for Ukraine.

Out words:  strong view

Dur: 00:12

Commission recommends Ukraine get EU candidate status – Von der Leyen

Commission recommends Ukraine get EU candidate status – Von der Leyen

June 17, 2022

The European Commission is recommending Ukraine be given EU candidate status (and the European perspective). The President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen made the announcement this morning.

She also said the European Council should grant Moldova the European perspective and EU candidate status on the understanding it carries out a number of further important reforms.

President von der Leyen said Ukrainians are ready to die for the “European perspective” and she said we want them to live the European dream with us.

Our words: be done

Dur:  00:20

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

Dur: 00:21

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

Dur: 01:05

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

Dur: 00:21

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

Dur: 00:33

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