Medicines, at the top of categories of articles stopped by EU customs for fake goods in 2011

A report published by the European Commission shows that in 2011, EU Customs detained almost 115 million products suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR). The number of intercepted cases increased by 15% compared to 2010. Products for daily use and products that could be potentially dangerous to the health and safety of consumers accounted for a total of 28.6% of the total amount of detained articles.

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The Commission published a report with assures that EU controls ensure our food is safe

Thanks to the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) many food safety risks have been averted or mitigated and safety controls ensure our food is safe, according to the European Commission. The results drawn from the RASFF 2011 report shows that in 2011 9157 notifications in RASFF related to non-compliances with EU food legislation were reported, of which 617 concerned serious risks.

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Commission proposes rules to modernise collecting societies in the EU

The European Commission launched a proposal which would imply that collecting societies willing to engage in the multi-territorial licensing of their repertoire have to comply with European standards. According to the Commission, some collecting societies struggle to adapt to the requirements of the management of rights for online use of musical works, in particular in a cross-border context. The main objective of the proposal is to make easier music licensing in the Single Market.

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EU citizens show their concerned by online security

According to a new Eurobarometer published, the 89% do not disclose personal information online, and 74% agree that the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime has increased in the past year. Nonetheless, 53% have not changed any of their online passwords during 2011.

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The Commission presents a new smartphone app to help passengers that travels in air and rail transport

A new app for smartphones was presented by the European Commission with the aim at helping passenger with their rights when travelling this summer. The app is available in 22 EU languages and it currently covers air and rail transport and will be extended to bus/coach and marine travel in 2013 when these rights come into force.

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New rules proposed to improve consumer protection in financial services

The European Commission proposed a new legislative package with the aim at presenting new consumer-friendly standards for information about investments, raises standards for advice, and tightens certain rules on investment funds to ensure their safety. According to the Internal Market and Services Commissioner Michel Barnier, retail products must be safer, information standards must become clearer, and those selling products must always be subject to the highest standards.

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From 1 July 2012, it will applied for the first time a maximum charge for data roaming in the EU

The European Commission reminds that from 1 of July 2012, the using mobile internet to access maps, videos, photos, social networks and email will be much cheaper while travelling in other EU Member States. It will also be cheaper the voice and SMS prices.

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The European Court of Auditors finds shortcomings on the control system for organic production

According to a report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA), a number of competent authorities in the Member States do not sufficiently fulfill their supervisory role over control bodies. In addition, among other conclusions, the system governing the various import schemes was also found to have weaknesses.

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Slovenia has failed to implement EU defence procurement rules so far

The European Commission has requested Slovenia to notify within the next two months the measures it is taking to implement EU rules for defence procurement. The deadline for implementing the Directive in question was 20 August 2011. Slovenia has not yet communicated any measures to do so.

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