Easier bank account switching

From November 2009 consumers in the European Union should find it easier to switch their current account from one bank to another within their own Member State. From now on, whenever consumers wish to switch their current account to another bank, the new bank will offer its assistance throughout the switching process.

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Commission proposes new rules for better investigation of civil aviation accidents

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Regulation on the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents in civil aviation. More efficient and independent inquiries into the causes of air accidents are essential to enhance the safety of air traffic. The Commission also aims to strengthen the rights of the victims of air accidents.

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Future internet to make Europe's systems smart and efficient

Less congested roads, better and more efficient energy delivery or state of the art medical treatment managed at home are typical examples made possible by the Internet of the Future. The European Commission has unveiled a strategy to put Europe at the forefront when it comes to the development of smart internet-powered infrastructures. It calls on Europe's governments and its ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) sector to take advantage of the increasing demand for innovative applications of the internet to make existing infrastructures like healthcare systems, energy grids or traffic management 'smart'.

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60% of cross border internet shopping orders are refused

There are widespread problems with refusals of orders for EU consumers trying to purchase goods online in another Member state, according to a new European Commission report on cross border consumer e-commerce. The research found that 60% of cross border transactions could not be completed by consumers because the trader did not ship the product to their country or did not offer adequate means for cross border payment. The Communication presents a series of measures to be taken to reduce the complex regulatory environment which is acting as a disincentive for businesses to serve consumers in other Member States.

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EU sets new safety standards for sleeping products for newborns and young children

EU Member States have given a green light to new safety standards for children's sleeping items including duvets, baby sleeping bags and cot mattresses which should help to prevent many cot –related accidents. According to the European Injury Database, between 2005-2007, 17 000 accidents involving children from 0 to 4 years in the EU happened in the cot. The proposed new standards will reduce the risk of accidents from, for example, choking on loose parts, entrapment of an infant due to bad mattress design or asphyxiation accidents from cords or loops.

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New regulations of the Commission on Maritime Transport

The European Commission has adopted a new exemption regulation that will enter into force on 25 April 2010. It renewes for 5 more years the existing exemptions from the ban on restrictive business practices for shipping consortia liner. This exemption allows for cooperation between companies so that they can provide a joint service in freight.

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EU acts to limit health risks from exposure to noise from personal music players

Consumers will benefit from new default settings on personal music players set at safe exposure levels, as well clear warnings on the adverse effects of excessive exposure to high sound levels, following a decision by the European Commission.

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Commission rewards EU companies for spreading the Ecolabel

The European Commission will present the first EU Ecolabel Communication Award at a ceremony in Brussels. The award recognises outstanding achievement in increasing public awareness of the EU Ecolabel – the European Union's label for environmentally-friendly products and services. The fast-growing label can now be found on almost 20,000 products and tourist accommodation services throughout the European Union and beyond

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55% of the websites selling electronic goods are irregular

DG Health and Consumers has issued today the results of an EU-wide investigation involving 26 Member States and Norway and Iceland into misleading advertising and unfair practices on websites selling consumer electronic goods.

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EFSA sets risk limits of marine biotoxins in shellfish for human consumption

The European Commission asked EFSA to assess the current EU limits which exist for six different types of toxins in shellfish, known as marine biotoxins and the testing methods established in EU legislation. Marine biotoxins are poisonous substances produced by different algae that can accumulate in shellfish.

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Last chance for voluntary introduction of eCall safety system

Given the lack of progress in the deployment of the new in-car communication technology eCall, the Commission noted in a policy document published on August 21st 2009 that regulatory measures to make this life-saving technology available all over Europe as soon as possible could be introduced. In this document, the Commission made a last call to all EU countries to speed up voluntary implementation of the new technology.

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EU takes up the challenge of citizen's media literacy

Getting the most from all the advantages provided by today's high-tech information society is an important challenge from the point of view of the European Commission. The way we use media is changing, the volume of information is enormous and increasingly demanding. For that reason, the Commission has adopted a set of guidelines calling for an intensification of the actions on media literacy.

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