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17/04/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

Updates to EU consumer protection rules to improve ranking transparency in online marketplaces and to tackle dual quality of products were approved by MEPs.

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16/04/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

Safety features such as intelligent speed assistance and advanced emergency-braking system will have to be installed in new vehicles as from May 2022.

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05/04/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health

The European Commission released its 2018 report on the Safety Gate for dangerous products, the former Rapid Alert System. The report shows that authorities exchanged 2,257 alerts on dangerous products.

28/03/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate
Car rentals: EU action leads to clearer and more transparent pricing
25/03/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

Following a call from the European Commission and EU consumer authorities, five industry leaders, Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt, have changed the way they present car rental prices, making them fully transparent to consumers.

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11/03/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

The "Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment" that the Commission presents today, identifies six action areas concerning all stages of the pharmaceutical life cycle, where improvements can be made.

Rare Disease Day: a new EU platform to support better diagnosis and treatment
28/02/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

Today, marking Rare Disease Day, the European Commission is launching a new online knowledge-sharing platform to support better diagnosis and treatment for more than 30 million Europeans living with a rare disease.

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08/02/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health

The falsification of medicines has remained a serious threat to public health in the EU for too long. As of tomorrow, the new rules on safety features for prescription medicines sold in the EU will apply.

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06/02/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health

The Commission presents a set of recommendations for the creation of a secure system that will enable citizens to access their electronic health files across Member States.

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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.

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