Civil Liberties Committee approved a proposal to restrict access to chemicals that can be used to make home-made explosives

MEPs backed a draft law to restrict the general public's access to chemicals that can be used to make home-made explosives. In addition, they amended the draft to clarify licence-to-buy requirements for certain chemicals that can be found, for instance, in fertilizers or pool cleaners and the definition of a "suspicious transaction".

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MEPs want to do mandatory recycling discarded fridges, phones and other e-waste

The Environment Committee at the European Parliament votes favorably to the proposal concerning changes to the current waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) Directive. According to MEPs, EU Member States should be obliged to collect and recycle more discarded fridges, phones and other e-waste. In addition, MEPs want to make easier for consumers to return small products and harder for unscrupulous operators to ship e-waste illegally out of the EU.

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Unanimous vote from the Culture and Education Committee to the European Heritage Label deal

The Culture and Education Committee at the European Parliament approved a resolution endorsing a deal with EU Member States to create the European Heritage Label. Under this deal, symbolic sites for Europe's history or integration will be eligible for this label in voluntary basis. This proposal aims to promote educational activities and to raise young people's awareness of Europe's common heritage and identity.

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€30 million in EU funding to speed up the development of new vaccines

The ADITEC project has been launched with the funding of the European Union in order to speed up the development of novel and powerful immunisation technologies for the next generation of human vaccines has just got under way.

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A report presented by the Commission confirms that still, only few traders are selling abroad in the EU

The European Commission published a report which shows the results of 305 purchases in 28 countries. Delivery from abroad has turned out to be reliable overall, with 94% of orders delivered (up from 66% in 2003) and only 1% of the products found to be faulty. But shoppers had more problems when returning the goods (as part of the EU-wide cancellation rights), for example with getting the full costs reimbursed.

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Agreement reached by the Council to reduce risk in the over-the-counter derivatives market

The Council met on 4 of October and reached an agreement on a draft regulation aimed at increasing transparency and reducing risk in the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market. The Presidency of the EU, on behalf of the Council, will start negotiations with the European Parliament, with a view to reaching agreement at first reading.

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