Over 75% of websites checked in the EU give satisfactory information to clients

Following the outcome of a co-ordinated "Sweep" investigation in which national enforcement authorities checked 565 websites across the 27 Member States, Norway and Iceland, the European Commission now published that up to date figures show that over 75% of websites checked now give satisfactory information to clients, while in September 2011, 70% of these sites (393) were flagged for further investigation.

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The Commission called on member states for more cooperation to complete the internal energy market

The European Commission called on member states in a Communication to step up their efforts to transpose and implement the existing EU internal energy market rules. Furthermore, the European institution announced that it will work with Member States to empower consumers and to reduce state interventions which distort markets.

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New international Protocol signed by the EU to stop illicit trading of tobacco products

The European Commission announced that on behalf of the EU and its member states it signed the Protocol on the Elimination of the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. It was adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) with the EU acting as one of the Parties. The Protocol contains provisions on the control of the supply of tobacco products, and is an important part of a comprehensive tobacco control policy.

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New Commission's proposal to reduce the emission of fluorinated gases by 2030

The European Commission presented a proposal in order to reach a significant reduction in emissions of climate-warming fluorinated gases (F-gases). Emissions of F-gases, which have a warming effect up to 23,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, have risen by 60% since 1990, while all other greenhouse gases have been reduced.

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120 MHz more to the European radio spectrum portfolio for 4G technologies

The European Commission published a decision that makes mandatory for Member States to open the radio spectrum by 30 June 2014 at the latest, and lays down harmonised technical conditions to allow coexistence between different technologies. On this basis the EU will enjoy up to twice the amount of spectrum for high speed wireless broadband as in the United States, namely around 1000 MHz.

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While the Economic sentiment declines in the euro area, it remains stable in the EU

The Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) remained unchanged in the EU, and declined by 0.7 points in the euro area in October 2012. Consumer confidence remained broadly unchanged. For the same period, the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area also decreased. The decline was driven by markedly worsened assessments of order books and past production.

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New international portal launched to exchange information about unsafe products that have been taken off the market

The EU and OECD countries jointly launched the ‘Global Recalls Portal’ which allow authorities across the world to exchange information about unsafe products that have been taken off the market. According to the European Commission, the Portal will contribute to boosting consumer safety across the world and will enhance consumers' awareness and confidence in buying global.

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The Commission proposes to limit global land conversion for biofuel production

The new European Commission's proposal on biofuels intends to minimise the climate impacts of biofuel production. It therefore proposes to limit global land conversion for biofuel production, and raise the climate benefits of biofuels used in the EU.

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Revising rules on radio equipment to avoiding interferences

The European Commission proposed to update the Radio Equipment Directive to make sure all market players comply with the rules regarding the avoidance of interference. The Commission also proposes to clarify and simplify the Directive, to facilitate its application and to eliminate unnecessary burden ultimately increasing all stakeholders' confidence in the regulatory framework.

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New public consultation on telecoms markets Commission's Recommendation

The European Commission launched a public consultation with a view to updating the current list of relevant wholesale and retail telecoms markets subject to the Commission's "Article 7" procedure under EU telecoms rules. In particular, the purpose of the questionnaire is to identify major relevant trends and to consult stakeholders on the revision of the current list of relevant markets and their scope, as well as on markets to be possibly added to the list, including markets regulated at national level and trans-national markets.

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The Generation 1992 competition has already its winners

20 young people, all 20 years of age, are the winners of the ‘Generation 1992’ creative competition. Young people from all over Europe born in 1992 (the year in which the European single market was launched) were asked to show what this vast open market meant to them. This competition is celebrated to mark the 20th anniversary of the European single market.

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