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On 23 June 2016 citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU).

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Young boy drinking water from tap © EU
01/02/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

Revised European legislation proposed by the European Commission will improve the quality of drinking water and access to it as well as provide better information to citizens. 

Jyrki Katainen, Vytenis Andriukaitis © EU
31/01/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

The Commission has put forward a proposal to boost cooperation amongst EU Member States for assessing health technology. Greater transparency will empower patients, by ensuring their access to information on the added clinical value of new technology that could potentially benefit them. 

Vĕra Jourová © EU
19/01/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

The third evaluation of the Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech carried out by NGOs and public bodies released today shows that IT companies removed on average 70% of illegal hate speech notified to them.

Illustration du commerce électronique © UE
12/01/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

European consumers will be able to reap the full benefits of paying online for goods and services, thanks to new rules that will it make it cheaper, easier and safer to make electronic payments.

Jyrki Katainen and Elżbieta Bieńkowska © EU
19/12/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

The Commission is tabling two legislative proposals to make it easier for companies, especially SMEs, to sell their products across Europe, and to strengthen controls by national authorities and customs officers to prevent unsafe products from being sold to European consumers.

18/12/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights
27/11/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Economy and the euro

The Commission has adopted rules that will make electronic payments in shops and online safer. This will also allow consumers to access more convenient, cost-effective and innovative solutions offered by payment providers.

23/11/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health
Nathalie Loiseau, Matti Maasikas and Halbe Zijlstra © EU
20/11/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Institutional affairs

EU27 ministers selected the new seats for the two EU agencies currently based in the UK which need to be relocated in the context of Brexit. Amsterdam (the Netherlands) was selected as the new location for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Paris (France) for the European Banking Authority (EBA). 

Illustration du commerce électronique © UE
14/11/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

EU-wide rules to better protect consumers against scams and detect and stop rogue traders more swiftly were approved by MEPs. National enforcement authorities will have more powers to detect and halt online breaches of consumer protection laws and be able to coordinate their actions better across the EU. 

European Banking Authority reception © EU
01/08/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The Council has received 27 proposals by the member states, related to 23 cities, to host the EU agencies currently based in the UK. There have been 19 offers to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and 8 for the European Banking Authority (EBA).

Vĕra Jourová © EU
25/07/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Economy and the euro

The 2017 edition of the Consumer Conditions Scoreboard shows that more and more EU consumers are shopping online and that their trust in e-commerce has increased, in particular in buying online from other EU countries.

Scientist and equipment in laboratory © EU
05/07/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

MEPs urged the Commission to address the increase in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis cases in the EU and to develop long-term programmes. 

Table of defective electrical appliances © EU
04/07/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health

The EU Commission, member states and producers should take measures to ensure consumers can enjoy durable, high-quality products that can be repaired and upgraded.

Margrethe Vestager © EU
27/06/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.

Young woman using mobile from next to a train © EU
15/06/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

As of today roaming charges in the European Union will no longer apply. “The European Union is about bringing people together and making their lives easier. The end of roaming charges is a true European success story.” 

Logo de la COP21 © UE
14/06/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

Plans for new compulsory greenhouse gas cuts under the Paris agreement were backed by MEPs, following a debate on the announced U.S. withdrawal. 

European energy labels on washing machines © EU
13/06/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

MEPs gave the green light for a tool enabling customers to choose products reducing energy consumption and their energy bills. A new, more robust A to G scale showing the energy efficiency of household appliances to keep pace with technological progress was approved by MEPs. 

Alexis Goosdeel, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Laura d'Arrigo © EU
06/06/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Trends and Developments report presents a top-level overview of the drug phenomenon in Europe, covering drug supply, use and public health problems as well as drug policy and responses. 

Person watching television © EU
18/05/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

Parliament approved new rules allowing EU citizens to access online subscription content while abroad. EU citizens with subscriptions for online films and TV will soon be able to access their content while temporarily in another EU country.

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