The Commission's priority in the 2012 ICCAT meeting will be the Bluefin tuna conservation

The European Commission has as priority at the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) annual meeting the Bluefin tuna. In addition to this, the EU will also continue to propose measures for the protection of sharks including porbeagle and shortfin mako and supporting comprehensive measures for the conservation of Blue and White Marlin.

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The Commission presented the CARS 2020 Action Plan for the EU car industry

The European Commission wants to reinforce the automotive industry's competitiveness and sustainability heading towards 2020, therefore it presented a new CARS 2020 Action Plan. Among other measures, the plan intends to provide a massive innovative push by streamlining research and innovation under the European Green Vehicle Initiative.

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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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In September 2012 the industrial producer price rates were up in the EU and in the euro area

Compared with August 2012, the industrial producer price index rose by 0.2% in the euro area and by 0.3% in the EU in September 2012. However, decreases were recorded in Greece (-0.6%), Spain and Italy (both -0.1%). Compared with September 2011, industrial producer prices gained 2.7% in the euro area and 2.6% in the EU.

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Europe – Whenever you’re ready , the Commission launches a campaign to attract international tourism

The European Commission has launched a campaign to attract tourists from countries outside the European Union such as Brazil, Russia, India, China, Chile and Argentina. Entitled “Europe – Whenever you’re ready”
, this campaign shows off the diversity and quiality that all member states can offer to international tourists.

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On 1 November 2012 it enters into force the requirements for new types of motor vehicles

The European Commission announced that from 1 November 2012 on new safety requirements for new types of motor vehicles will be mandatory. The requirements include safety belt reminders, safety requirements for electric vehicles, easier child seat anchorages (ISOFIX), better protection of passengers against the displacement of luggage in case of the accident and tyre pressure monitoring system.

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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 directive adopted to reduce emissions from shipping due to the combustion of marine fuels

The Council adopted the directive amending directive 1999/32/EC as regards the sulphur content of marine fuels. It renders the most recent International Maritime Organisation (IMO) rules on marine fuel standards mandatory in the EU. The directive aims therefore to reduce some certain emissions from shipping considerably and to provide a high level of protection for human health and the environment.

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Pollutants emissions need to be even further reduced in the EU to protect health and the environment

Despite reduction successes, it becomes clear that emissions need to be even further reduced to protect health and the environment. This is the main conclusion drawn from the European Environment Agency (EEA) report ‘Evaluation of progress under the EU National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive’ that considers whether the EU has successfully addressed environmental and health objectives set out when the Directive was adopted in 2001.

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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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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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