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Just the Facts – Horse Meat Scandal, January – March 2013

The horse meat scandal in Ireland and the United Kingdom The presence of horse meat was first discovered by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) under its food fraud programme.  Of the 27 frozen beef burgers tested, 37% tested positive for equine DNA.  The results of these tests were […]

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Just the Facts – Single Bank Supervisor, 19 March 2013

The Irish Presidency of the EU reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on the single EU bank supervisor last Tuesday, 19 March 2013, in Brussels.  This was an agreement between the governments of all 27 EU Member States, the European Commission, the European Parliament, and negotiators representing European […]

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Just the Facts – Maltese General Election, 9 March 2013

Malta’s general election took place on Saturday, 9 March 2013.  The Labour Party defeated the Nationalist Party, which had been in power for 15 years.  Malta, with a population of just over 400,000 people, is the smallest and one of the most successful economies in the Eurozone. With it’s strong […]

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Fiscal Stability Treaty: Ratification Update

On Wednesday 27 February 2013, Luxembourg became the 19th EU Member State to start the ratification process of the Fiscal Stability Treaty when the country’s Chamber of Deputies adopted a bill approving the Treaty.  As it stands, the Treaty has now been ratified and deposited with the EU Council by 17 […]

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