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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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19/04/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Food, farming and fisheries

New rules to ensure that only high-quality organic food is sold in the EU and to boost organic production were approved by the European Parliament. 

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19/04/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

The Commission is publishing a set of best practices to support Member States' efforts to create a more open, integrated and competitive retail sector.

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11/04/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health

The European Commission is proposing a New Deal for Consumers to ensure that all European consumers fully benefit from their rights under Union law.

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09/04/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

Tomorrow the Commission will bring ministers, representatives of EU countries, industry, academia and civil society representatives together to encourage cooperation in artificial intelligence, blockchain, eHealth and innovation.

05/04/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Employment and social rights

The Commission proposes to limit workers' exposure to five cancer-causing chemicals, in addition to the 21 substances that have already been limited or proposed to be limited since the beginning of this mandate. Estimates show that today's proposal would improve working conditions for over 1,000,000 EU workers and prevent over 22,000 cases of work-related illness.

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28/03/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Economy and the euro

The European Commission is proposing to make cross-border payments in euro cheaper across the entire EU. Under current rules, there is no difference for euro area residents or businesses if they carry out euro transactions in their own country or with another euro area Member State. 

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27/03/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

From 1 April 2018 onwards, Europeans will be able to access the online content that they have subscribed to at home, wherever they are in the EU.

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20/03/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

Today the European Commission launched the WiFi4EU web portal. As of now, municipalities all over Europe are invited to register their details ahead of the first call for projects in mid-May, for the chance to benefit from EU financing to build free public wireless internet hotspots. 

Worker scanning parcel © EU
13/03/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Economy and the euro

Clearer information on the prices of parcel delivery services should help to increase consumer confidence in cross-border shopping and shipping. The new rules approved by the European Parliament are part of the e-commerce package.

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