EFSA publishes guidelines on active and intelligent material to be in contact with food

Following the mandate set out in Regulation (EC) Nº 450/2009 of May 29th 2009 on active and intelligent materials and articles intended to come into contact with food, the  European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published the Guidelines on submission of a dossier for safety evaluation. Industry may submit their applications within 18 months from publication of these Guidelines.

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EDPS sets some recommendations to ensure security and confidentiality in human organ transplantations Directive

The implementation of the proposed organ donation and transplantation scheme requires the processing of personal data relating to health of the organs’ donors and receivers by the authorised organisations and healthcare professionals of the different Member States, which are deemed as sensitive and fall under the stricter rules of data protection. In his report, published in the OJEU on August 21st 2009, the ESPD sets some recommendations in order to ensure confidentiality and security in organ processing.

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New deadline for the call on Consumer Policy 2009

Brussels has decided to extend the deadline for the applications for the call for proposals 2009 for financial support to European consumer organisations until September 25th.

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Europeans increasingly turn to the ECC

The European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net) handles over 62.000 contacts with EU consumers who turn to them for advice or for help with problems affecting cross-border shopping, both in person and online. The European Commission supports the network and has published the ECC-Net Annual Report for 2008, which saw a 22% increase in the number of Consumers turning to them directly for help. In 2008 most complaints tackled by ECCs concerned transport (33%, of which 80% related to air transport), recreational services (25%) and hotels and restaurants (13%).

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Lost baggage in the UE: a remaining problem

While the U.S. lost 5 bags per thousand passengers in Europe this number shoots up to fourteen per thousand passengers. Therefore, the European Union is studying the need for rules at European level to solve this problem that involves substantial cost and disruption to both businesses and travelers.

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Europeans overwhelmingly consider the environmental impact of products they buy

Four out of five Europeans say that they consider the environmental impact of the products they buy reveals a Eurobarometer survey published today. Environmental consideration was highest in Greece where more than 9 in 10 of those surveyed said the impact of a product on the environment plays an important aspect in their purchasing decisions.

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Brussels announces a study on trademarks

The Directorate General for Internal Market and Services Commission has published a tender notice for which calls for nominations for the preparation of a study on the overall functioning of the trademarks system in Europe

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Miguel Induráin lends support to choice of final designs for the new official EU Organic Logo

The five-time winner of Tour de France and twice of Giro Miguel Indurain, showed his support for the contest organized by the European Commission to set the EU organic logo by joinning the competition’s jury to choose the best logo submissions for the pan-European event.

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2,6 million euros for European consumer organisations

The Commission has issued a call for applications for financial support to European consumer organisations in 2009 with the aim of complementing, supporting and watching the policies of the member States, and contributing to protect the health, the security and the economic and legal interests of the consumers.

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Commission calls for Smoke Free Europe by 2012

The European Commission adopted today, after extensive consultation, a proposal for a Council Recommendation calling on all Member States to bring in laws to protect their citizens from exposure to tobacco smoke by 2012. Tobacco remains the largest single cause of premature death and disease in the European Union. According to conservative estimates, 79,000 adults, including 19,000 non-smokers, died in the EU-25 in 2002 due to exposure to tobacco smoke at home (72,000) and in their workplace (7,300).

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2010: Common charger for mobile phones will be delivered with new devices

Incompatibility of chargers for mobile phones is a major inconvenience for users and also leads to unnecessary waste.

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