A report adopted by the European Parliament asks to strengthen the rules on the labelling of baby milks

The European Parliament approved a report that asks for better defined rules on the labelling and contents of baby milks and food for people with special medical needs. In addition, MEPs are concerned that slimming claims are made on growing numbers of food product labels.

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The EDPS is concerned for the treatment of personal data on smart metering systems

Member States are preparing for the roll-out of the smart metering systems, and therefore, the Commission has presented a Recommendation to them on preparations for the roll-out of smart metering systems. The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) welcomed such recommendation but regrets that the Commission has not provided more specific, more comprehensive and practical guidance in the Recommendation itself.

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MEPs approved new rules to ensure that buyers are offered mortgages that are tailored to their needs

The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee adopted new rules to ensure that house buyers are properly informed before taking on a mortgage. The text approved stressed that any financial advice given to borrowers should be impartial, and enable them to understand the long-run financial consequences of taking out the loan.

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Both, Economic sentiment and Business Climate Indicator, fell in May in the euro area

The European Commission informed that in May 2012, the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area decreased by 0.26 points to -0.77. In addition to this, it also informed that the Economic sentiment falls sharply in both the EU and the euro area.

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The Council formally adopted the new roaming rules

The Competitiveness Council meeting reached an agreement to move forward the regulation on roaming on public mobile communications networks within the EU. The current regulation will expire on 30 June 2012. The new regulation revises the current regulation by introducing pro-competitive structural measures and extending its validity until 30 June 2022.

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The e-commerce in the EU remains largely domestic

Consumer Scoreboard confirms that while e-commerce continues to grow, it remains largely domestic despite the clear potential in terms of choice and savings across borders. In addition it also shows that unfair commercial practices persist and knowledge of consumer rights is still worryingly low.

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Endocrine disrupting chemicals may be a contributing factor behind the significant increases in cancers

According to a report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), increase in cancers and fertility problems may be caused by household chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The EEA Executive Director highlights that it would be prudent to take a precautionary approach to many of these chemicals until their effects are more fully understood.

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92.1% of bathing waters in the EU meet the minimum water quality standards

The European Commission published its figures on the minimum water quality standards set by the Bathing Water Directive which show that most of the waters in the EU meet those standards. Cyprus, Croatia, Malta and Greece had excellent reports on their bathing water sites, while the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Latvia, Luxemburg and Belgium had relatively low proportions of sites meeting the strict guide values, especially as regards inland waters.

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