Jan 22nd 2021
Ireland showed the biggest increase in industrial production in the European Union last November.
Industrial production here increased by a massive 40.8% compared to November the previous year.
Latest figures from Eurostat show there was a 74% surge in demand for pharmaceutical products created by Covid-19.
♫ Music this week from Norway (Arne Hurlen) and Spain ( Camilo) ♫
Jan 08th 2021
The European Commission defended its coronavirus vaccination strategy on Monday (4 January) amid growing criticism in member states about the slow rollout of COVID-19 shots across the region of 450 million inhabitants.
Dec 11th 2020
On tonight’s programme we’ll be speaking to Janet McLean Curator of European Art at the National Gallery of Ireland about their new landmark Exhibition based around the works of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. We’ll have a run down on some of the stories of European interest that have made the headlines here in Ireland and we’ll also have some great ♪ music from Hungary and Czech Republic ♫ for your enjoyment as well.
Recently, the European Commission adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan – one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe’s new agenda for sustainable growth.
Cannabis use among Irish secondary school students is higher than the EU average. 19% of students surveyed had used it at least once while 9% reported use in the past month. New figures from the EU Drugs Agency show that on average, 1 in 5 Irish school students reported having used an illicit drug at least once in their life.The figure for the rest of the EU is slightly lower at 1 in 6.
Dec 04th 2020
An Irish woman is to be the next vice-President of the international European Movement.
Noelle O’Connell from Blarney in Co. Cork is currently Head of the European Movement in Ireland.
The European Movement has membership in 34 countries and provides input to decision makers in Brussels on issues of public concern.
Irish roads continue to be among the safest in Europe.
The latest figures from the European Commission show an average death rate across Europe of 52 fatalities per 1 million inhabitants in 2018 compared to Greece where the rate was 161 deaths per million residents.
Leinster and the Midlands recorded the lowest rate of road fatalities in Ireland in 2018 with 22 per one million inhabitants.
Grace Bolton of the European Commission says the EU’s ‘Vision Zero’ programme aims to reduce the number of road fatalities by half over the next ten years.
♪ Music this week from The Netherlands ( Miss Montreal) and Poland ( Sanah) ♫
November 20th 2020
The European Commission recently launched the New Consumer Agenda to empower European consumers to play an active role in the green and digital transitions. The Agenda also addresses how to increase consumer protection and resilience during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought significant challenges affecting the daily lives of consumers.
Ireland has suffered the largest decrease of rail passengers in Europe during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Figures from Eurostat for the period April, May, June 2020 show that numbers here fell by 94% compared to the same quarter in 2019.
♪ Music this week from Denmark (Rasmus Seebach) and Italy (Matteo Romano) ♫