Germany thrusts EU Economic Sentiment Indicator

According to data released by the European Commission the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) edged up in July to 102.2 (by 1.9 points) in the European Union as a whole, and to 101.3 (by 2.3 points) in the Euro area. These results, as well as positive data also in consumer confidence indicators, are highly influenced by positive readings in Germany.

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Commission continues fighting against fakes

Commission has published Annual Report on EU Customs actions to enforce intellectual property rights. In 2009, EU Customs took action in 43,500 cases involving several million products suspected of being counterfeited or pirated at the external borders of the EU, according to this report.

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New package to boost consumer protection and confidence in financial services

As part of its work creating a safer and sounder financial system, preventing a future crisis and restoring consumer confidence, the European Commission has today proposed changes to existing European rules to further improve protection for bank account holders and retail investors. Furthermore, the Commission has launched a public consultation on options to improve protection for insurance policy holders, including the possibility of setting up Insurance Guarantee Schemes in all Member States.

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Brussels brings list of airlines banned from European airspace up to date

The list of airlines banned in the European Union has beeen modified by the European Comission to include one carrier from Surinam and to expand the operating restrictions on Iran Air. Besides, two carriers from Indonesia have been removed from the list of banned airlines.

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Commission seeks opinions about net neutrality

A consultation on key questions arising from the issue of net neutrality has been launched by the European Commission on June 30th. The Commission wants to know more about potential problems linked with certain forms of traffic management and whether the new telecom rules are sufficient to tackle them, technical and economic aspects, quality of service considerations and whether net freedoms may be affected. Interested parties are invited to send their opinions by September 30th.

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EP denies ban on selling eggs by the dozen or "unhealthy" foods

MEPs are neither trying to ban the sale of eggs by the dozen nor the sale or marketing of Nutella. MEP Renate Sommer, who is steering legislation on food labelling through the European Parliament, stressed that there will be no changes to selling foods by number. Selling eggs by the dozen, for example, will not be banned.

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EC to ensure electric vehicles charger interoperability

The European Commission has handed on June 2010 a mandate for the development of relevent standards on  common charging system for electric cars, scooters and bicycles to the European Standardisation Organisations bodies, CEN-CENELEC and ETSI. Thanks to this mandate plugs and connectors will use the same standard all across Europe, providing a true European solution independently of brands or countries. The Commission expects that the standard will be ready by mid-2011.

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Commission informs EU passengers about their rights

The European Commission has presented a campaign aiming to inform European passengers about their rights against problems which could appear when travelling around Europe. At the beginning of the Summer season, when millions of Europeans are starting or planning their holidays, the Commission provides them with a multilingual website where they can find full information about their rights as passengers.

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EP calls for EU trust label to promote cross-border e-commerce

New proposals to encourage cross-border e-trading by building consumer trust have been approved by the Internal Market Committee of the European Parliament. Among the measures proposed by the Parliament is the establishment of a European trust label to guarantee the reliability and quality of goods placed on the cross-border electronic market and encourage consummers to buy in this market.

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Climate change behaviour and consumption patterns

The Directorate-General for Climate Action launched a public tender to analyse the behavioural climate change mitigation options and their appropriate inclusion in quantitative longer-term policy scenarios. The tender, published in the Official Journal “S”, with a budget of 150,000 euros will run over twelve months.

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Parliament and the Commission award prizes for winners of Real FAKE competition

This competition was a first step in a larger public awareness campaign that is being launched by the European Union to make Europeans more aware of the dangers of counterfeit and pirated goods and their harmful effects on consumers and the economy. The winners, students between 10 and 15 years old, were invited to a grand awards ceremony at the European Parliament, in Brussels held in June 23rd.

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