Weak consumer rights reform - EUbusiness Week newsletter 814
EUbusiness Week 814 top stories: MEPs look to give consumers greater energy security; EU fines car parts, car carrier cartels EUR 546m; Social media giants not doing enough to protect users; Brussels extends cooperation with UEFA; EU auditors to scrutinise organic food checks; States agree to revise rules on funding political parties
Uncertainty over contractual rights is a big obstacle to consumers
engaging in cross-border e-commerce. MEPs approved Thursday a single set
of rules for consumer protection in the EU for the purchase of goods,
and more legal certainty and confidence to engage in cross-border sales
Not all are happy: BEUC for consumers says the proposal takes away some
consumer rights and is a missed opportunity; while UEAPME for SMEs is
disappointed at the lack of full harmonisation of guarantees and
remedies at European level.
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1. MEPs look to give consumers greater energy security
An EU Parliament committee approved Wednesday an energy package offering
more competition in the electricity market, better information for
consumers and plans to tackle shortages during crises.
2. EU fines car parts, car carrier cartels EUR 546m
The Commission has fined seven car supplying companies - shippers and
suppliers of spark plug and braking systems - a total of EUR 546 million
for taking part in four different cartels relating to cars.
3. Social media giants not doing enough to protect users
Social media giants, including Facebook and Twitter, are accused of
dragging their feet in responding to requests from the Commission and
national consumer authorities to comply with EU consumer rules.
4. Brussels extends cooperation with UEFA
The Commission and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
signed a new agreement Wednesday to consolidate and strengthen their
cooperation in the period up to the end of 2020.
5. EU auditors to scrutinise organic food checks
The EU Court of Auditors is set to conduct an audit of checks on
Europe's organic food, to look at the control system governing the
production, processing, distribution and import of organic products.
6. States agree to revise rules on funding political parties
EU ambassadors agreed Wednesday on revised rules for the funding of
European political parties and foundations - enabling Bulgaria's EU
presidency to get talks under way with the European Parliament.
On-call time: stand-by time of a firefighter on call at home, who is
obliged to respond to calls from an employer within a short period, must
be regarded as 'working time', the EU's top Court ruled on Thursday.
Poland's Bialowieza Forest logging 'infringes EU law'
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
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Inside the EU Institutions
Invitation letter by President Donald Tusk for leaders' informal meeting
on 23 February - Funding of European political parties - Eurogroup
meeting - Eurogroup gives support to Luis de Guindos - Macroeconomic
dialogue with social partners - Sugar sector: Council agrees on
reimbursement of excess levies 1999 - 2001
European identity and social cohesion - European Week of Regions and
Cities 2018 - EMCDDA support for EU drug-related regional programme in
Central Asia - ECJ: Commission v Greece - Commission v Poland - EU Bank
initiative to tackle migration challenge - Financial statements of the
ECB for 2017 - Commission reinforces its senior management
Easier for citizens and businesses to do paperwork online - Job-search
aid for former Ericsson staff - Spain help for former clothing industry
employees - Post-2020 EU budget reform - consumer protection for
defective products - New EU corporate tax plan - Energy Union -
solidarity action by young volunteers - first EU programme dedicated to
defence industry - new Eurogroup President Mario Centeno - ways to cut
cash flows to terrorists - worldwide ban on animal testing of cosmetics
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26 Feb: Foreign Affairs Council
27 Feb: General Affairs Council
28 Feb-1 Mar: European Parliament plenary session
1-2 Mar: International financial integration
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