MEPs highlighted that EU citizens still do not benefit fully from the single market

The Internal Market Committee in the European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution which points to difficulties for EU citizens at opening bank accounts, registering cars and having professional qualifications recognized in the EU and blames these problems on member states' reluctance to implement EU rules swiftly, coordinate with each other and inform citizens of their rights.

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71% of EU citizens support the opening of their national and regional rail systems to competition

Most of European citizens are in favour of more competition in national and regional rail. The total support is above 60% in all but Netherlands and Luxembourg. 78% of EU citizens think that more competition will be good for passengers. The survey results published by the European Commission shows that tough less than half of Europeans are satisfied with their railway systems, satisfaction has slightly improved since 1997.

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The Commission works to avoid costly and time-consuming legal procedures to consumers in cross-border disputes

A new report from the European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net) published by the European Commission shows that the European Small Claims Procedure to resolve small cross-border disputes is often under used. According to the report, this is mainly because judges are not aware of the procedure, something the Commission intends to tackle vigorously.

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The European Parliament endorses legislation for better food quality labelling

The European Parliament has approved in plenary session a new regulation which will enable farmers and other groups to protect the authenticity and origin of their products more effectively and to ensure the correct use of protected names. The new rules will also reduce by half the time to obtain an EU quality label.

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Internal Market Committee warns that the budget proposed for EU Consumer Programme is not enough

MEPs gave the green light for informal negotiations with the Council on the 2014-2020 Consumer Programme while warning that the budget proposed for the 2014-2020 Consumer Programme (€197 million) is not enough to meet the new challenges that will face EU consumer policy in 2020.

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The European Commission presents the Single Market Week 2012 programme

The Single Market Week for New Growth which will be celebrated from 15 to 20 October 2012 will focus on recalling the achievements of 20 years of the Single Market; presenting and discussing new initiatives to stimulate growth in the Single Market; and Mobilizing the views and expectations of young adults about the Single Market.

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Telefónica, Vodafone and Everything Everywhere are allowed to create a joint venture in the field of mobile commerce in …

The European Commission has unconditionally approved the proposed creation of a joint venture between Vodafone, Telefónica and Everything Everywhere in the field of mobile commerce in the UK. Following its investigation, the Commission concluded that the proposed joint venture will not likely lead to a significant impediment to effective competition in the European Economic Area.

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Public consultation launched on 54 potential Substances of Very High Concern

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) opened a public consultation in order to gather views with regard to 54 potential Substances of Very High Concern. 37 substances were proposed by the European Commission. Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom have also put forward proposals for the identification of 17 substances.

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Business Climate Indicator picks up slightly in the euro area while Economic sentiment declines further

The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area edged up by 0.06 points to ‑1.21 in August 2012. By contrast, the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) decreased markedly by 2.0 points in the EU, to 87.0, and by 1.8 points in the euro area, to 86.1. In both areas, the loss in confidence was particularly strong among consumers, retail trade and construction managers.

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New European medals table for waste management shows significant disparities in Member states' performance

According to a new report put forward by the European Commission about waste management policies put in place by Member states, the situation confirms Commission's concerns on some Member states' performance. Despite a number of countries already has a culture of responsible waste management or is in good way to implement it, there is still a significant number of countries where landfills are still the essential element of municipal waste management.

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Thirteen companies supplying CD and DVD drives may have infringed EU antitrust rules

The European Commission sent Statement of Objections to suspected participants in a cartel for the supply of computer CD and DVD drives. The Commission has concerns that those suppliers may have coordinated their behavior in bidding events organised by two major original equipment manufacturers for optical disk drives used in personal computers (desktops and notebooks) and in servers.

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