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Enda Kenny welcomes extension of tax inquiry to all 28 EU states  

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the move by the to extend a request for information on tax rulings to all 28 EU member states, as he vigorously defended Ireland’s corporate tax regime ahead of a discussion on tax at yesterday’s in Brussels. The Taoiseach said it was important that “what’s been put in place by one will now apply to all”. has already been very much upfront here ...

Irish Times Fri, 19 Dec 2014
Russia struggles to come to terms with perfect storm of sanctions and falling oil prices  

Russia’s year began with a spectacular display of sporting prowess, organisational ability and, above all, financial muscle. The Winter Olympics in Sochi were the most expensive Games ever, with costs spiralling from a predicted $12 billion (€9.8 billion) to more than $50 billion (€41 billion), as technical challenges mounted and countless interested parties demanded their cut ...

Irish Times Fri, 19 Dec 2014
EU fund will kick start economies EU president  

European Union leaders will create a strategic investment fund that could generate up to €315bn in private and public-sector money to upgrade infrastructure, jump-start sluggish economies and ignite job growth. “The economic situation has improved but we are not safe yet,” said EU president Donald Tusk. “Today, we need more investment, more structural reforms and sound public finances across Europe ...

The Irish Examiner Fri, 19 Dec 2014
Juncker turns tax debate away from Luxembourg and on to entire EU  

The surprise announcement by the European Commission that it is to extend its request for information on tax rulings to all European Union member states has the potential to significantly shift the terms of the debate on multinational tax avoidance ...

Irish Times Fri, 19 Dec 2014
Investment fund stakes wont hit EU deficits  

Jan Strupczewski and Paul Taylor The EU European Union governments can safely buy into an EU investment fund without risking punishment for raising their public debt or deficit under the bloc's fiscal rules, a top European Commission official said yesterday. The EU wants to launch a highly leveraged investment fund, the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), next year to help kick-start economic growth. It has urged member states to contribute capital to increase its effectiveness ...

Irish Independent Fri, 19 Dec 2014
EU shares hit by drop in Italian banks  

European stocks edged lower on Friday, reversing an early rise, as Italian banks came under pressure from a downgrade by S&P and Swiss drugmaker Roche saw two major drugs fail tests. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.1 percent tot 1,355.47 points at 1113 GMT, retreating after a 3 percent advance on Thursday. The index was still set for a 2.6 percent rise this week, its biggest weekly gain in a month, as the U.S ...

Business World Fri, 19 Dec 2014
Half of next FG Cabinet to be female vows Enda  

Enda Kenny attends the European Council meeting of EU heads of state and government in Brussels yesterday. Photo: Peter Cavanagh Photography Half of the positions at Cabinet after the next general election will be filled by women, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged. Mr Kenny has defended the Government's record on promoting women in politics and said the landscape would change when gender quotas came into effect in the coming months ...

Irish Independent Fri, 19 Dec 2014
EU court clears way for stem cell patents in embryo ruling  

Robert -Jan Bartunek Europe's top court has opened the door to certain stem cell patents in the European Union by ruling that an organism incapable of developing into a human being is not a human embryo and may be patented Europe's top court has opened the door to certain stem cell patents in the European Union by ruling that an organism incapable of developing into a human being is not a human embryo and may be patented ...

Irish Independent Fri, 19 Dec 2014
Enterprises in Ireland very much at home in the cloud reports CSO  

Enterprises in Ireland very much at home in the cloud, reports CSO Close to one-third of Irish enterprises (28pc) that employ more than 10 people purchased cloud services, compared with the EU average of 19pc, according to new research by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) ...

Silicon Republic Fri, 19 Dec 2014
Commission president says contributions will not be counted in EU deficits  

president Jean-Claude Juncker has urged EU member states’ leaders to provide national top-ups for his new EU investment fund, confirming that any such contributions will not count towards EU deficit and debt calculations. Ahead of his first meeting as commission president, Mr Juncker warned leaders that he needed “money and not just nice words” to ensure the success of his highly-leveraged European Fund for Strategic Investment EFSI ...

Irish Times Fri, 19 Dec 2014
Department of Agriculture looks to open GLAS in February  

It is set to be February at the earliest before the Green Low Carbon Environmental Scheme (GLAS) will be open. The Department of Agriculture has yet to gain approval from the European Union for its Rural Development Plan, from which funding will be drawn for the GLAS scheme. Latest indications suggest it may be as late as March before the plan gets formal approval ...

Agriland Fri, 19 Dec 2014
Irishman wins battle with UK over travel visa  

By Ann Cahill European Correspondent An Irish man has won an action against Britain over the insistence his Colombian-born wife needed a visa to enter the country. The case will have huge implications for Prime Minister David Cameron who has pledged to limit the number of foreigners, including EU nationals, coming into the country. A spokesperson for Mr Cameron said they disagreed with the ruling ...

The Irish Examiner Fri, 19 Dec 2014
Cork to get super fast internet connection for business  

10:52 AM GMT Minister Simon Coveney TD in Cork at the announcement of jobs in Tyco earlier this year. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney Cork is to get a new super-fast transatlantic fibre-optic cable connection that will offer a new access point for Ireland to the US and UK, which could attract more business for Cork. Iti is hoped that the new infrastructure will lead to hundreds of jobs ...

Cork Independent Fri, 19 Dec 2014
EU tightens online payment rules  

Europe's banking watchdog said on Friday that Internet payment service providers must tighten security procedures by August next year to combat a jump in online fraud. The European Banking Authority (EBA) set guidelines for minimum security requirements that payment services providers across the EU's 28 member states must meet by August. Losses from fraud on card Internet payments alone was 794 million euros in 2012, up 21 percent from the previous year ...

Business World Fri, 19 Dec 2014
MEP Brian Hayes 039 I urge students to embrace the opportunity of Erasmus 039  

Former NUIM and TCD student and current Member of European Parliament, Brian Hayes, speaks about the importance of Erasmus in society, and its need to be embraced. Stephen Fry said that a ‘university education’ was everything you learnt outside of the lecture theatre: talking to friends and meeting new people ...

Campus.ie Fri, 19 Dec 2014
Office of the Data Protection Commissioners funding to be doubled in 2015  

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner is to see its funding nearly double in 2015 to €3.65m. This year, the office received €1.89m. Making the announcement, Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection Dara Murphy said the extra allocation will facilitate the recruitment of additional expert staff and the establishment of a Dublin office, in addition to the existing location in Portarlington ...

Business and Leadership Fri, 19 Dec 2014
EU leaders agree investment package  

European Union leaders endorsed a new investment programme intended to kick-start economic growth in the bloc at a summit in Brussels, which its chairman said would end late on Thursday, half a day earlier than planned ...

Business World Fri, 19 Dec 2014
Obesity is a disability rules court  

Obese people can be considered as disabled, according to a top EU court. Eight children stabbed to death in Australia Driver ordered to pay €5k over crash which scarred child Youth was violent over throwing of an orange However, it stopped short of saying that obesity was a condition that needed specific protection under European anti-discrimination laws ...

Evening Herald Fri, 19 Dec 2014
Permanent TSB may raise up to euro 400m in share sale  

Permanent TSB was the only Irish bank to fail the European Central Bank's stress test in October Permanent TSB Group Holdings is considering raising as much as €400m in a share sale, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. This is more than double the amount signalled by the lender last month, a report from the financial news agency Bloomberg says ...

RTE Fri, 19 Dec 2014
EU leaders to discuss euro 315bn investment plan tax issues and Russian sanctions  

Jean-Claude Juncker wants to generate €315bn of private investment for infrastructure projects European Union leaders are attending a summit in Brussels today to discuss an investment plan to stimulate growth. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wants to generate €315bn of private investment for infrastructure projects. The European Commission said investments on the scale envisaged could create up to 1.3 million jobs across the EU ...

RTE Thu, 18 Dec 2014




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