Unprecedented number of responses to the consultation on the Tobacco Products Directive

85,000 responses were received to the public consultation on the upcoming revision of the Tobacco Products Directive. The outcome shows that contributions varied significantly. For example, those in favour of mandatory pictorial health warnings stressed that these measures would significantly weaken the advertising effects of the packaging. Opponents, on the other hand, raised legal concerns arguing that these measures would have little or no impact on the uptake of smoking.

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New European passports already includes information on consular help

In order to improve the awareness of the EU rights among citizens, in particular that all EU citizens can request assistance from another EU country's embassy or consulate in case your own country is not represented, the new EU passports includes information on consular protection. Also, there is the address of the EU's dedicated website providing details on where a EU citizen can find help during your holidays outside the EU.

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Published Commission proposal for safer and less polluting leisure boats

The European Commission proposed new legislation that will make the use of jet skis and sailing boats less harmful for European waters. The proposed revision of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) sets that propulsion engines will have to be designed and constructed to emit 20% less of HC+NOx emissions and 34% less of particulate matters. The proposal also clarifies some safety requirements.

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Commission adopted a new legislation to boost eco-innovation in the automotive industry

The European Commission adopted a new legislation which has as main aim to boost the investments in new technologies that reduce CO2 emissions from new cars. Motor manufactures will receive recognition for CO2 savings by fitting new cars with approved "eco-innovations" which reduce emissions.

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The Council proposes a 2012 EU budget more austere

The Council has limited the increase in payments in 2012 EU budget to 2.02% compared to 2011. This means that in real terms the Council's position would lead to a EU budget freeze. In absolute figures, compared to the amounts proposed by the Commission, the Council decreased the payments by a total of €3.65 billion and the commitments by €1.59 billion.

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