Archive for February, 2008

Alarm grows for Irish beef industry at World Trade Organisation talks (28/2/08)

The President of the Irish Farmers’ Association Padraig Walshe said Ireland stands to lose at least €2 billion euro from any deal negotiated by EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson at the World Trade Organisation talks currently taking place in Geneva. (more…)

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February 28, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Wallstrom rejects fears that Lisbon Treaty will create EU super-state (28/2/08)

The Vice-President of the European Commission has dismissed concerns that the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty would pave the way for the creation of an EU super-state. (more…)

February 28, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Toys with magnets to carry warning label (28/2/08)

Children’s toys containing magnets will have to be marked with a warning under a new proposal put forward by the European Commission. (more…)

February 28, 2008 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

EU urged to tackle abuse of power by major supermarket retailers (20/2/08)

MEPs across the political spectrum have signed up to an initiative urging the European Commission to clamp down on over-dominant supermarkets. (more…)

February 28, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Cork students win debate on alcohol ads in sport at mock EU council (20/2/08)

Three Cork teenagers have won a trip to the European Parliament in Strasbourg for their class next October after they took part in a mock European Council in Dublin Castle on Wednesday (20th February). (more…)

February 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition on homelessness to travel around Europe (20/2/08)

A powerful collection of photographs of homeless people has opened in France as part of a Sinn Féin-led campaign to end homelessness in Europe by 2015. (more…)

February 28, 2008 at 2:09 pm Leave a comment

EU debates Ireland’s opposition to laws protecting agency workers (20/2/08)

As pressure grows within Ireland for the government to enact legislation protecting agency employees, the European Parliament has also been roped in to try and speed up the introduction of the long-awaited Directive on Temporary Workers. Opposition from a number of member states including Ireland and the UK has so far blocked the passage of this draft law, which would set down basic rights for temporary employees, including the right to the same pay and conditions, in-house health and safety training and childcare accessed by equivalent permanent staff. There are an estimated 100,000 temps working through about 500 employment agencies in Ireland, many of them in the construction sector, and many of them migrants. Speaking in Strasbourg earlier this week, Labour MEP Proinsias de Rossa urged the Slovenian presidency of the EU to seek agreement between member states on the directive by the end of March. ‘If Ireland and the UK do not accept a reasonable compromise’, Mr De Rossa added, ‘the EU should press the matter to a vote in the Employment Council in April.’
He warned that the government’s continued opposition to the directive ‘not only puts Ireland’s social partnership at risk, but undermines workers’ support for the European project.’ He expressed confidence that Irish and British opposition to the directive would be overcome under the EU’s qualified majority voting system.

February 28, 2008 at 2:08 pm

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