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Pesticides and bees 19 April 2017, 12:41 CET
The EU has one of the strictest regulatory systems in the world concerning the approval of pesticides. All pesticides on the market have been subject to a thorough assessment to ensure a high level of protection of both human and animal health and the environment. Insecticides are, by their nature, toxic to bees. However, their use should still be possible if exposure does not occur or is minimised to levels which do not generate harmful effects.

Pesticide EU-MRLs Database 19 April 2017, 12:36 CET
The traces pesticides leave in treated products are called 'residues'. A maximum residue level (MRL) is the highest level of a pesticide residue that is legally tolerated in or on food or feed when pesticides are applied correctly (Good Agricultural Practice). The amounts of residues found in food must be safe for consumers and must be as low as possible. The European Commission fixes MRLs for all food and animal feed. The MRLs for all crops and all pesticides can be found in the MRL database on the Commission website.

Organic farming - European Commission website 18 April 2017, 23:09 CET
EU legislation ensures that ‘organic’ means the same for consumers and producers all over the EU. Legislation concerning organic produce is developed with the participation of Member States and the assistance of advisory and technical committees and expert bodies. Download logo & promotional material - The EU organic logo & guidelines - Download photos - Download videos - Download infographics - More promotional material - What is organic farming? Producing organic International trade in organics Organic certification Studies Frequently asked questions EU Policy Legislation Policy development EU rules on production EU rules on trade European Action Plan Data and statistics Expert advice Food quality policy How to become an organic producer in the EU?

European Commission webpage on cookies 18 April 2017, 18:54 CET
A cookie is a small piece of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device. The cookie allows the website to 'remember' your actions or preferences over time. Most browsers support cookies, but users can set their browsers to decline them and can delete them whenever they like. The Commission webpage includes description, EU legislation on cookies, use of cookies on the Europa websitre, and a Cookie Consent Kit.

Medical devices 05 April 2017, 19:00 CET
The role of medical devices is essential to the healthcare of EU citizens. The diversity and innovativeness of this sector contributes significantly to enhancing the safety, quality and efficacy of healthcare in the EU. Covering a wide range of products, from simple bandages or sticking plasters to the most sophisticated X-ray equipment, the medical devices sector plays a crucial role in the diagnosis, prevention, monitoring and treatment of diseases. It also helps improve the quality of life of those with disabilities.

Extremely Together - counter-extremism guide for young people 31 March 2017, 11:49 CET
The project Extremely Together is managed by the Kofi Annan Foundation with the support of the European Commission and One Young World. It brings together exceptional young leaders to prevent violent extremism. In this Guide, ten young leaders pool their experience for the benefit of young people who want to take action against violent extremism of all kinds.

DG Energy - renewables 29 March 2017, 22:31 CET
Renewable energy can be produced from a wide variety of sources including wind, solar, hydro, tidal, geothermal, and biomass. By using more renewables to meet its energy needs, the EU lowers its dependence on imported fossil fuels and makes its energy production more sustainable. The renewable energy industry also drives technological innovation and employment across Europe. The EU's Renewable energy directive sets a binding target of 20% final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020.

Alternative Dispute Resolution - Online Dispute Resolution 28 March 2017, 23:07 CET
When consumers have a problem with a trader regarding a product or service they bought, they can settle their dispute out-of-court through an Alternative Dispute Resolution procedure. Such procedures are an alternative to resolving disputes before a court and are hence called Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). When they are carried out online, they are called Online Dispute Resolution (ODR). Resolving disputes through ADR, in general, is easier, faster and less expensive than resolving disputes before a court. In the European Union, ADR procedures can take different forms and have different names e.g. mediation, conciliation, ombudsmen, arbitration, complaints boards.

Online Dispute Resolution website 28 March 2017, 18:22 CET
The Online Dispute Resolution website is an official website managed by the European Commission dedicated to helping consumers and traders resolve their disputes out-of-court. If you've had a problem with something you've bought online, you can use this site to try to reach an out-of-court settlement. You can only use it if you live in the EU and the trader is based in the EU. In some countries, you can also use this site if you are a trader and you want to complain about a consumer over a good or service you sold online.

Move2Learn, Learn2Move 28 March 2017, 17:59 CET
Move2Learn, Learn2Move is a new initiative financed under the Erasmus+ programme which directly benefits young Europeans between the age of 16 and 19. A minimum of 5,000 young people will be selected and will receive an entitlement for the purchase of travel tickets for an amount between 350 EUR and 530 EUR. The objective is to allow them to travel to at least one other EU country to increase European consciousness and identity.

Consumer financial services action plan 23 March 2017, 22:54 CET
In March 2017 the European Commission published an action plan setting out a strategy to strengthen the EU single market for retail financial services. The action plan seeks in particular to harness the potential of digitalisation and technological developments (FinTech) to improve consumer access to financial services across the EU.

Energy efficient products 22 March 2017, 17:18 CET
In the European Union, many everyday products such as washing machines, refrigerators and cooking appliances carry energy labels and have been designed to meet minimum energy efficiency standards. The result of these labels and standards will be an energy saving of around 175 Mtoe (million tonnes of oil equivalent) by 2020, roughly equivalent to the annual primary energy consumption of Italy. For consumers, this means a saving of EUR 465 per year on household energy bills. Moreover, energy efficiency measures will create €55 billion in extra revenue for European companies.

Anonymous Whistleblower Tool 16 March 2017, 15:44 CET
You as an individual can help in the fight against cartels and other anti-competitive practices in the European Union, such as agreeing on prices or procurement bids, keeping products off the market or unfairly excluding rivals. These practices cause immense damage to Europe's economy. They can deny customers access to a wider choice of goods and services at reasonable prices, stifle innovation and put companies out of business. Inside knowledge and assistance can be a powerful tool to help the EU Commission uncover cartels and other anti-competitive practices more swiftly than might otherwise be possible, and can contribute to the success of our investigations. If you are aware of business practices that you think are wrong, you can help the Commission to put things right by voluntarily providing it with information. This information can be facts concerning anti-competitive conduct, its circumstances and the individuals involved, for example, that are not publicly known but are known to you. They can concern past, ongoing or planned anti-competitive behaviour.

Glyphosate not classified as a carcinogen by ECHA 15 March 2017, 23:43 CET
ECHA's Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) agrees to maintain the current harmonised classification of glyphosate as a substance causing serious eye damage and being toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects. RAC concluded that the available scientific evidence did not meet the criteria to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen, as a mutagen or as toxic for reproduction.

Contribute to EU law-making 06 March 2017, 22:38 CET
The Commission wants to hear your views and reflect them in its decisions when it makes and updates EU laws. This is an important goal of the better regulation agenda. There are various opportunities to contribute to EU law-making as it evolves – from the preparation phase through to proposals for new laws and evaluations of how existing laws are performing.

EU guidelines for the promotion and protection of the rights of the child 06 March 2017, 22:32 CET
The EU Council adopted on 6 March 2017 a revision of the 2007 EU guidelines for the promotion and protection of the rights of the child. The guidelines recall international standards on the rights of the child and provide comprehensive guidance as well as concrete ways to promote effectively and protect the rights of the child. With these guidelines, the EU reaffirms its commitment to the comprehensive protection and promotion of the rights of the child in its external human rights policy.

European Regional Competitiveness Index 03 March 2017, 11:38 CET
Regional competitiveness is the ability of a region to offer an attractive and sustainable environment for firms and residents to live and work. Launched in 2010 and published every three years, the Regional Competitiveness Index (RCI) allows regions to monitor and assess their development over time and in comparison with other regions.

The EU at 60 - 60 years of the Rome Treaties 02 March 2017, 00:00 CET
Sixty years ago in Rome, the foundations were laid for the Europe that we know today, ushering in the longest period of peace in written history in Europe. The Treaties of Rome established a common market where people, goods, services and capital can move freely and created the conditions for prosperity and stability for European citizens. For 60 years we have built a Union that promotes peaceful cooperation, respect of human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality and solidarity among European nations and peoples. Now, Europe's shared and better future is ours to design. Here you will find an overview of events around Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome and look back at some of the milestones that have shaped today's Europe.

Invasive Alien Species Europe app 27 February 2017, 17:28 CET
Invasive Alien Species in Europe app aims to enable the general public (amateurs and professionals) to receive and share information about Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in Europe. It provides details about 37 difference IAS that are considered to be of interest to the complete European Union. Users can record pictures of possible Invasive Alien Species together with complementary information about their observation.

DOOR: EU database of agricultural products and foods 22 February 2017, 14:06 CET
Database of agricultural products and foods registered or awaiting possible registration as PDO (Protected Designations of Origin), PGI (Protected Geographical Indications) or TSG (Traditional Specialities Guaranteed).

CETA in your town 15 February 2017, 18:52 CET
Towns and cities across the EU export to Canada. This interactive map draws on a sub-set of all EU companies exporting to Canada. Zoom into the map to see where companies exporting to Canada are located. Click on a country for a snapshot of its trade with Canada.

Environmental Implementation Review 06 February 2017, 23:10 CET
The Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) is a tool to improve implementation of EU environmental law and legislation. It aims to address the causes of implementation gaps and try to find solutions before problems become urgent. The EIR is a two-yearly cycle of analysis, dialogue and collaboration, with publication of country reports and discussions between the European Commission, EU Member States and stakeholders. Country reports are drafted every two years focusing on essential topics in the area of environmental policy and law in each EU Member State. They are published along with a summary that sets out common trends, recommendations and political conclusions.

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 02 February 2017, 15:32 CET
The EU's common agricultural policy (CAP) is aimed at helping European farmers meet the need to feed more than 500 million Europeans. Its main objectives are to provide a stable, sustainably produced supply of safe food at affordable prices for consumers, while also ensuring a decent standard of living for 22 million farmers and agricultural workers.

State of the Energy Union 01 February 2017, 22:45 CET
The State of the Energy Union shows progress made since the Energy Union Framework Strategy was adopted to bring about the transition to a low-carbon, secure and competitive economy. The European Commission has committed to present these reports annually in order to address the key issues and steer the policy debate.

Mobile roaming in the EU 01 February 2017, 15:49 CET
For a decade, the EU has worked to reduce the surcharges that telecoms operators imposed on their customers each time they crossed a border while using their mobile device on holiday or during business trips. Since 2007, roaming prices have decreased by more than 90 per cent. In 2015, and based on a proposal of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council agreed to end roaming charges for people who travel periodically in the EU. "Roam like at Home" - where customers pay domestic prices, irrespective of where they are travelling in the EU - will become a reality for all European travellers by June 2017.