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European Commission chief welcomes German Presidency

European Commission chief welcomes German Presidency

| July 3, 2020

Germany has taken over the rotating presidency of the EU’s Council of Ministers for the second half of 2020. At a ceremony to mark the change, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, spoke to the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel by Internet link before giving her time in charge an enthusiastic welcome…

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European Commission unveils billion euro fund for new technology

European Commission unveils billion euro fund for new technology

| July 3, 2020

The European Commission has announced a one-billion euro fund to help develop clean technology projects. Firms with new ideas will be able to apply for support from the fund and can apply in October. It was announced to the media by Tim McPhie, Commission spokesperson for action on Climate and Energie…

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EU commits 22 billion Euro to upskill young people

EU commits 22 billion Euro to upskill young people

| July 3, 2020

The European Commission is to spend €22 billion to help get young people into work over the next five years. The money will target people between the ages of 15 and 29. The Commission has found that this age bracket is the most isolated across the EU when it comes to skills, trades and professions. […]

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EU investment fund for small businesses reaches €500-billion

EU investment fund for small businesses reaches €500-billion

| July 2, 2020

The Investment Plan for Europe, set up to help small and medium-sized businesses to grow has exceeded its €500-billion target ahead of time. The news was announced at the European Commission’s media briefing by the Spokesperson for Economic and Financial Affairs, Jobs and Social Affairs, Marta Wieczorek…

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EU negotiating for access to coronaviris drug

EU negotiating for access to coronaviris drug

| July 2, 2020

The EU has started negotiations with the US pharmaceutical company, Gilead, in a bid to buy doses of the drug Remdesivir, which helps ease the symptoms of people suffering most seriously from coronavirus. Stefan De Keersmaecker, Spokesperson of the European Commission for Public Health and Food Safety, admitted to journalists that the European Cimmission had […]

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Irish are high users of social media networks

Irish are high users of social media networks

| July 2, 2020

Irish people are among the highest users of social media in the European Union. New statistics show that in the 16 to 24-year age group, the participation rate is 89 per cent, or almost nine out of every ten people. The figures from Eurostat show that in the age bracket 16-74, we are 11th out […]

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EU pledges help for young job-seekers

EU pledges help for young job-seekers

| July 1, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has made it harder than ever to find jobs – especially for young people. The European Commission has today (Wednesday) launched an initiative to help young people to find work when the current crisis starts to fade. It’s especially important, according to Commissiomer Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, because […]

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