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11/12/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Food, farming and fisheries

MEPs want the European Food Safety Agency to publish safety studies before a product is authorised to go on to the market. The revised rules aim to make risk assessment more transparent and ensure that the studies used by EFSA to authorise a product to be put on the market are reliable, objective and independent. 

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07/12/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Employment and social rights

The Council reached a general approach on proposals for a regulation on establishing the European Labour Authority (ELA) and for a directive on carcinogens or mutagens at work. The Council also adopted a recommendation on strengthened cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases. 

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05/12/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

To protect its democratic systems and public debates and in view of the 2019 European elections as well as a number of national and local elections that will be held in Member States by 2020, the EU is presenting today an Action Plan to step up efforts to counter disinformation in Europe and beyond. 

04/12/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health
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16/11/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate / Institutional affairs

The EU’s long-term budget and new rules on energy and telecom were among the highlights of the November plenary. Woman at War won this year’s Lux Film Prize. 

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14/11/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

MEPs have approved the telecoms package that caps intra-EU calls, makes super-fast 5G networks possible by 2020 and creates alert system for emergencies. 

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07/11/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

The Commission has adopted a Communication, confirming its commitment to protecting citizens and the environment from hazardous chemicals. The Communication also outlines how the Commission intends to ensure that the EU approach remains the most modern and fit-for-purpose in the world.

12/10/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel
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27/09/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

New figures released by the European Commission today show that customs authorities detained over 31 million fake and counterfeit products at the EU's external border with a street value of over €580 million.

17/07/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health
16/07/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health
29/06/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

As of Sunday 1 July, travellers booking package holidays will enjoy stronger consumer rights. Not only will traditional package holidays be covered, the new rules will also protect consumers who book other forms of combined travel, including self-customised packages.

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25/06/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

Four major online marketplaces, Alibaba (for AliExpress), Amazon, eBay and Rakuten - France have signed a commitment for faster removal of dangerous products sold on their online marketplaces. 

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12/06/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

MEPs approved an agreement reached between Council and Parliament negotiators in November 2017 on EU-wide principles for drones and drone operators to ensure a common level of safety and give operators and manufacturers the predictability to develop products and services.

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25/05/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

The Commission has proposed to reshape the rules governing excise duty on alcohol within the EU, paving the way for a better business environment and reduced costs for small alcohol-producing businesses and better protection for consumer health.

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26/04/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission is proposing measures to tackle disinformation online, including an EU-wide Code of Practice on Disinformation, support for an independent network of fact-checkers, and a series of actions to stimulate quality journalism and promote media literacy. 

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26/04/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health

The Commission is issuing a set of recommendations for how the EU can strengthen cooperation in the fight against diseases that can be prevented by vaccines.

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24/04/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Employment and social rights

The launch marks the start of 2 years of events and activities aimed at drawing attention to the issue and promoting the best ways of tackling the risks that dangerous substances pose to workers. 

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