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Data protection 29-11-2021

European Commission accused of maladministration over GDPR enforcement

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) filed a formal complaint against the European Commission before the European Ombudsman on Monday (29 November) for failing to monitor enforcement of the EU's data protection law, known as the GDPR, and not holding Ireland accountable.
22-11-2021

Brexit still an Issue for Europe whilst Britain’s border remains in Ireland

One important issue that the Conference on the Future of Europe needs to deal with is the relationship of the EU with the rest of the world. For me, that ‘rest of the world’ begins a few kilometres from my...
Digital & Media 03-11-2021

DSA: enforcement for very large online platforms moves toward EU Commission

The European Commission will have ‘exclusive power’ to enforce obligations on very large online platforms, according to the most recent compromise text on the Digital Services Act (DSA).
Digital & Media 27-10-2021

DMA : EU lawmakers want to impose minimum 4% fine on ‘gatekeepers’

Digital giants could be fined at least 4% of their annual turnover if they fail to comply with the Digital Markets Act (DMA) if the opinion of MEPs in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee are heeded. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 27-10-2021

Irish minister: Europe needs to move away from foreign-controlled fossil fuels

The EU needs to increase its renewable energy capacity, become more self-sufficient in energy production and move away from foreign-controlled fossil fuels, according to Ossian Smyth, Irish minister of state.
Data protection 13-10-2021

Irish privacy watchdog endorses Facebook’s approach to data protection

A draft decision from Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) endorsing Facebook's legal basis for processing personal data has been met with criticism by a data protection activist who says the platform is trying to bypass EU privacy laws.
Economy & Jobs 11-10-2021

The global tax marathon: Winners and losers

Aspects of the global tax reform agreement which have largely gone unnoticed are likely to come in for closer scrutiny in national parliaments of EU countries and in the European Parliament where some pushback can be expected, writes Dick Roche.
Economy & Jobs 08-10-2021

Ireland agrees to global tax deal, sacrificing prized low rate

Ireland dropped its opposition to an overhaul of global corporate tax rules on Thursday (7 October), agreeing to give up its prized 12.5% tax for large multinationals in a major boost to efforts to impose a minimum rate worldwide.
Agrifood 24-09-2021

Ireland’s decision to export live pigs, sheepmeat to China sparks backlash

Ireland has struck a new deal which will pave the way for the export of sheepmeat and breeding pigs from Ireland to China, in a move which has caused consternation among agricultural stakeholders. The deal, which follows years of negotiations,...
Digital & Media 24-09-2021

Ireland draws a red line on country of origin principle in DSA

Following a French initiative against the country of origin principle, Ireland is leading a counter-offensive of ten countries that consider the move would disrupt the digital single market.
Global Europe 23-09-2021

US urges Ireland to take global tax deal

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urged Paschal Donohoe, the finance minister of Ireland, to take a "once in a generation opportunity" for a global deal that would stop a race to the bottom on corporate tax rates, the Treasury said.
Economy & Jobs 06-09-2021

EU ministers clear Irish and Czech recovery plans 

EU finance ministers approved on Monday (6 September) the recovery plans submitted by Ireland and Czech Republic, meaning that the proposals sent by 18 member states since April to access the coronavirus fund have now been validated.
Data protection 02-09-2021

Irish data privacy watchdog fines WhatsApp 225 million euros

Ireland hit Facebook's WhatsApp with a record 225 million euro ($266 million) fine on Thursday following an inquiry into the messaging app's transparency around sharing personal data with other Facebook companies.
Brexit 27-08-2021

‘We will not let you down’ on Brexit, Macron tells Ireland

Britain and the European Union can sensibly solve issues over Northern Ireland's post-Brexit trading arrangements with the right political will, Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin said after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (26 August).
Cybersecurity 28-07-2021

TikTok to open new cybersecurity centre in Dublin

TikTok is launching a new cybersecurity centre in Ireland, the first of a number of “fusion centres” designed to respond in real-time to cyberthreats. 
Brexit 22-07-2021

EU rejects UK demand for new post-Brexit deal on Northern Ireland

Britain demanded on Wednesday (21 July) that the European Union agree to rewrite a deal overseeing problematic post-Brexit trade involving Northern Ireland just a year after it was agreed with the bloc, a call immediately rejected by Brussels.
Economy & Jobs 16-07-2021

Ireland rejects global tax reform plans, says Donohoe

Ireland will not support global tax reform plans, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe insisted Thursday (15 July), entrenching its hold-out position as momentum builds for a deal meant to ensure multinationals pay a fair share.
Economy & Jobs 02-07-2021

Global tax deal backed by 130 nations, Ireland and Hungary stay out

A total of 130 countries have agreed a global tax reform ensuring that multinationals pay their fair share wherever they operate, the OECD said on Thursday (1 July), but some EU states refused to sign up.
Health 24-06-2021

Ireland’s green light for medical cannabis and calls to ban AI face recognition

This week our podcast focuses on a milestone move by Ireland: approving medical cannabis prescriptions and giving patients the right to have access to medical cannabis and be reimbursed for it. To hear more on that story, we spoke with EURACTIV’s Agrifood and health reporter, Natasha Foote.
Health 17-06-2021

Ireland gives green light to medical cannabis prescriptions in ‘milestone’ move

Patients in Ireland will now for the first time be able to get medical cannabis via prescription, in what has been described as a “milestone” move expected to bring hope to many families, although barriers to access medical cannabis still remain.
Agrifood 10-06-2021

Ireland split over giving farmers equal share of CAP payments

In Ireland, a storm is brewing over the need to give all farmers an equal slice of EU payments. While Irish farmers association argue that this risks more farms becoming unviable, proponents say it is needed even the playing field for small farms.
Economy & Jobs 02-06-2021

EU reaches deal on tax transparency for multinational firms

European Union government and parliament negotiators reached a deal on rules that will force large multinational companies to disclose how much revenue and tax they pay and how much in countries considered tax havens by the EU.
Data protection 21-05-2021

Digital Brief powered by Google: Parliament bashing US data transfers, Ireland’s GDPR enforcement, UK adequacy decision

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The Commission must not repeat the same mistakes by negotiating and signing off on data transfer agreements with third...
Data protection 20-05-2021

MEPs call for infringement procedure against Ireland

The European Parliament voted on Thursday (20 May) in favour of a resolution calling on the European Commission to open an infringement procedure against Ireland for failing to enforce the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).