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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual State of the Union speech at the European Parliament on 14 September 2016.

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Elephant © EU
26/02/2016 - Environment, consumers and health / External relations and foreign affairs

The Action Plan is an ambitious blueprint that mobilises all EU diplomatic, trade and development cooperation tools to crack down on what has become one of the most profitable criminal activities worldwide.

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15/02/2016 - Business / Environment, consumers and health

The European Commission launched a new platform to help consumers and traders solve online disputes over a purchase made online. The Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) platform offers a single point of entry that allows EU consumers and traders to settle their disputes for both domestic and cross-border online purchases.

Exhaust pipe © EU
12/02/2016 - Environment, consumers and health / Transport and travel

The Council gave its green light  to the adoption of the second package of rules to introduce real driving emission (RDE) tests. The new tests are intended to measure more accurately pollutant emissions from cars and other light vehicles.

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27/01/2016 - Business / Environment, consumers and health / Transport and travel

The European Commission has tabled legislative proposals to ensure car manufacturers comply strictly with all EU safety, environmental and production requirements.

Mr Karmenu Vella and Ms Carole Dieschbourg © EU
16/12/2015 - Environment, consumers and health

The Council agreed on a general approach for a new directive to reduce national emissions of certain pollutants. This agreement will serve as a basis to start negotiations with the European Parliament.

COP21 logo © EU
12/12/2015 - Environment, consumers and health / External relations and foreign affairs

On 12 December, the parties reached a new global agreement on climate change. The agreement presents a balanced outcome with an action plan to limit global warming 'well below' 2°C.

Jonathan Hill © EU
10/12/2015 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Environment, consumers and health

For the next three months, the European Commission will be consulting on how to create a stronger European market for consumer financial services. The aim is to find a system that works for consumers across the EU, giving them access to the best financial service deals, with more suitable products, a bigger choice and more competitive prices.

Günther Oettinger, Andrus Ansip, Vĕra Jourová © EU
09/12/2015 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Environment, consumers and health / Science and technology

Delivering on its Digital Single Market strategy, the Commission today presents two proposals to better protect consumers who shop online across the EU and help businesses expand their online sales.

Frans Timmermans and Jyrki Katainen © EU
02/12/2015 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Environment, consumers and health

Today the Commission adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy which will boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs.

Euro note on euro coins © EU
24/11/2015 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Environment, consumers and health

Buying insurance will be made easier and safer following Parliament's vote on Tuesday tightening EU rules on the information and advice provided by insurance sales staff.

Cecilia Malmstrom © EU
06/11/2015 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Employment and social rights / Environment, consumers and health

The European Commission published today its proposal for a chapter on trade and sustainable development, including labour and the environment, in the ongoing EU-US trade talks.

Map of Europe with cable connections © EU
28/10/2015 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Environment, consumers and health

Today the European Commission has presented a roadmap to deliver on President Juncker’s political commitment to unleash the full potential of the Single Market and make it the launchpad for Europe to thrive in the global economy.

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27/10/2015 - Environment, consumers and health / Science and technology

A complete ban on roaming charges for using mobile phones abroad in the EU will take effect in June 2017 and clear rules on the right to internet access will become law following Parliament's final approval of the new telecoms package.

Mr Karmenu VELLA, Ms Elzbieta BIENKOWSKA and Ms Carole DIESCHBOURG © EU
26/10/2015 - Environment, consumers and health

The Council held a debate on the review of the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS), the main tool of the EU's climate policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, Miguel Arias Cañete and Hans Bruyninckx © EU
20/10/2015 - Environment, consumers and health

The European Union is on track towards meeting and overachieving its 2020 target for reducing greenhouse emissions by 20%, according to a report published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

View of air pollution from factory © EU
07/10/2015 - Business / Environment, consumers and health

Proposed EU sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emission limits for medium-sized combustion plants, such as electricity generators or heating systems for domestic, residential or industrial use, were backed by MEPs.

Bee approaching flower © EU
02/10/2015 - Environment, consumers and health

The mid-term review of EU biodiversity strategy shows progress in many areas, but highlights the need for greater effort by Member States on implementation to halt biodiversity loss by 2020.

E-commerce illustration © EU
21/09/2015 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Environment, consumers and health

The 2015 edition of the Consumer Scoreboard shows that cross-border e-commerce is still an under-developed market in Europe: 61% of consumers feel more confident buying online from their own country (61%) than from another EU country (38%).

Mr Miguel Arias Canete and Ms Carole Dieschbourg © EU
18/09/2015 - Environment, consumers and health

The Council adopted conclusions establishing the EU's position for the UN climate change conference in Paris later this year.

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08/09/2015 - Agriculture, fisheries and food / Environment, consumers and health

Parliament beefed up the Commission’s initial proposal to ban animal cloning to include the cloning of all farm animals, their descendants and products derived from them, including imports into the EU, in a vote on Tuesday.

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