The Commission reaffirms its commitment to supporting children protection online

Within the multi-year programme on child protection in the use of Internet and other communication technologies, Safer Internet, the Commission has launched a call for proposals calling to suggest actions that could fund the programme. Interested parties may submit their proposals until May 27th, 2010.

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England & Wales Court of Appeal asks ECJ to rule on seizure of “counterfeit goods ” in transit through EU

The England & Wales Court of Appeal has brought to the European Court of Justice a question referring to the Case C-495/09, where Nokia Corporation pleads its right for the seizure of counterfeit goods coming from a non-Member State to another non-Member State.

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EC releases the Guidelines for the management of System RAPEX

The Official Journal publishes on January 26th 2010 the guidelines for the management of the Community Rapid Information System, RAPEX, laid down by Commission Decision of December 16th 2009. These guidelines aim at facilitating the operation of RAPEX and the notification procedure under the General Product Safety Directive, Directive 2001/95/EC.

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Euro area inflation estimated at 0.9% in December 2009

Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 0.9% in December 2009 according to a flash estimate issued by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union . It was 0.5% in November.

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Stronger rights for bus and coach passengers

Transport Council issues a series of EU-wide minumum standards to cover rights for bus and coach passengers and their luggage.

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50% europeans use the internet daily

In the EU27, 65% of households had access to the internet during the first quarter of 2009, compared with 60% during the first quarter of 2008, and 56% had a broadband internet connection in 2009, compared with 49% in 2008. One person in two in the EU27 uses the internet daily, while for young people the proportion is three quarters

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Rail passengers on track for new rights across the European Union

A new regulation by the European Commission has just entered into force in order to enhance rail passengers' rights across the European Union

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Consumers: EU set to extend holiday travel protection

The Commission is consulting on extending the basic cover provided by EU’s 1990 Package Travel Directive – on information, liability for sub-standard services and protection for insolvency - to the next generation of ‘dynamic packages’ where consumers make up their own packages, often online, through one website or different partner websites. 23% of EU consumers, and over 40% in countries like Ireland, Sweden are now booking "dynamic packages", many of which currently fall outside EU protection rules.

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Broadband internet continues to grow in the EU

With more than 11 million new fixed lines laid in a year, the take up of broadband internet continues to grow in Europe. According to a report published today by the European Commission, 24% of the EU population had a broadband access line subscription in July 2009, up from 21.6% in July 2008, and connections are increasingly faster. The report also shows that mobile broadband is gaining momentum in Europe, with a 54% increase since January and now at a penetration rate of 4.2% per 100 citizens.

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70% of ringtone-scam websites cleaned following EU investigation

Since June 2008, when initial checks took place, 301 websites were investigated by national enforcement authorities for serious breaches of EU consumer law. 70% of the 301 cases investigated, have now been resolved. 52% (159 websites) have been corrected and 17% (54 websites) have closed.

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Business summit between EU and India

In connection with the EU–India Summit, a Business Summit between the EU and India was held in New Delhi on Friday 6 November. European participants included Sweden’s Minister for Trade Ewa Björling, EU Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton and business leaders.

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Direct debit from home account to pay bills anywhere in the EU

Europeans will be able to pay their bills by direct debit from anywhere in the EU. A scheme that lets companies withdraw payments directly from a customer’s account in another EU country has been launched. Holiday home owners, students and retirees living abroad are among those who stand to benefit.

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