European Commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen said it was vital that Ireland continued to reform the country and reduce public debt, particularly when the economic climate was benign

European Commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen has warned the Government it must continue with structural reforms and fiscal consolidation despite (...)

“The impact of the seven-year austerity drive on people’s standard of living has been enormous, and in all regions the effects of the crisis are impacting on the realisation of human rights,” Chief Commissioner for Human Rights Emily Logan  has said. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The belief that austerity must continue to be enforced “requires constant re-assessment and analysis”, the Chief Commissioner for Human Rights has sai(...)

European commissioner Pierre Moscovici is likely to raise the issue of Ireland’s “cost-competitiveness” during a planned visit to Dublin on May 25th.

The European Commission has issued a stark warning to the government over its budget targets for 2015 and 2016, in an assessment of the Irish economy (...)

Sources said the scheduled pay restoration for about 300,000 staff in the public service had been raised with the troika at the last post-bailout visit, which ended on May 1st. Photograph: Getty Images

The European Commission is concerned that pay rises for public service staff in Ireland could spill over into greater demands for increases in the pri(...)

Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s prime minister, arrives for a government meeting at the Greek parliament in Athens on Tuesday.

The European Commission has warned Greece there is “still a lot of ground to be covered” before a deal can be reached with lenders, following confirma(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Government was ‘well aware’ of the concerns   flagged by the European Commission.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said public servants cannot expect a “blank cheque” in pay negotiations which are due to start on Tuesday. Speaking on his wa(...)

Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs: ‘Ireland is experiencing a strong recovery which we are forecasting to continue this year and next year. We would encourage Ireland to . . . make the most of the benign economic climate to proceed with fiscal consolidation and to keep public debt on a steady downward path.’Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

European commissioner Pierre Moscovici has warned Ireland it must proceed with fiscal consolidation to tackle the State’s high public debt levels, fol(...)

A European Union flag flutters as the ancient Parthenon temple. Photograph:  Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greece made a small interest payment to the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday but European lenders dashed hopes for a cash-for-reforms deal (...)

Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives for a meeting with EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

With Greece facing an interest repayment of €200 million to the IMF today, Greece and its international creditors remained locked in discussions in B(...)

European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici presents the EU executive’s spring economic forecasts during a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Ireland has re-emerged as one of Europe’s top performers but high debt levels continue to pose an “uncertainty”, according to the European Commission.(...)