The Pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing is now launched

The European Commission has launched a pilot Partnership with the aim to enhance European competitiveness while tackling societal challenges by bringing together key stakeholders from the demand and supply side. The initiative is part of the preparatory work for the 2012, European Year for Active Ageing.

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Commission proposes to lower the sulphur content of shipping fuels for better air quality

The European Commission proposes to reduce the sulphur content of shipping fuels in order to lower sulphur dioxide emissions by up to 90%, and fine particle emissions by up to 80%. According to the Commission, the benefits for public health will be between €15 and 34 billion, far exceeding the expected costs, which are in the range of €2.6 to 11 billion.

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The European Economic and Social Committee wants to reinforce consumers' rights on unfair mortgage-related practices

According to the European Economic and Social Committee members, the new financial products and a fragmented market have created a confusing situation for consumers. Therefore, the EESC wants to create a new framework whereby consumers and borrowers are aware of which products they engage in and their rights and remain fully protected, especially within the EU mortgage market.

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The European Commission launches a debate on the future of promotion schemes for EU agricultural products

The European Commission published a Green Paper which has as main goal how to shape a more targeted and more ambitious strategy for the future, which will make clearer to consumers – both in the EU and beyond - the quality, traditions and added-value of European agricultural and food products.

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Commission consults on how to better notify the personal data breaches

New EU telecoms rules, requires operators and Internet service providers to inform, without undue delay, national authorities and their customers about breaches of personal data that they hold. Thus, the Commission wants to gather input based on existing practice and initial experience with the new telecoms rules and whether additional practical rules are needed to make sure that personal data breaches are notified in a consistent way across the EU.

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