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A collection of links to web sites of the European Union institutions and other European business web sites.

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Medicinal products register
European Community register of medicinal products for human use

eTEN Telecoms
eTEN is the European Community Programme designed to help the deployment of telecommunication networks based services (e-services) with a trans-European dimension. It focuses strongly on public services, particularly in areas where Europe has a competitive advantage.

EU public procurement portal - SIMAP
SIMAP is the EU public procurement portal providing: General and specific information on the European public procurement sector; Links to the latest European Directives on public procurement; Links to the codes and thresholds used in public procurement; The official standard forms for sending notices to be published in the Supplement to the Official Journal (OJ S), as laid down in the European directives.

EU Trade
European Commission's External Trade web site

Postal services
Overall in the EU, postal services are estimated to handle 135 billion items per year, reflecting a turnover of about EUR 88 billion or about 1% of Community Gross Domestic Product (DGP). About two-thirds of this turnover is generated by mail services. The reminder is generated by parcels and express services which are already in the competitive area (i.e., the market is fully open to competing operators). The Commission's aim is to accomplish the Single Market for postal services and ensure a high quality universal service, by opening up the sector to competition in a gradual and controlled way on the basis of the regulatory framework of the Postal Directive (Directive 97/67/EC as amended by Directive 2002/39/EC). The improvement of the quality of service, in particular in terms of delivery performance and convenient access are fundamental aspects of this policy.

European transport policy
European Commission Transport portal

EU Maritime Policy
Considering its geography, its history and globalisation the European Union is still very dependent on the maritime transport. Nearly 90% of its external trade and more than 40% of its internal trade goes by sea; on the whole nearly 2 billion tons of freight are loaded and unloaded EU ports each year; maritime companies belonging to European Union nationals control nearly 40% of the world fleet; the majority of EU trade is carried on vessels controlled by EU interests; and finally the maritime transport sector - also including shipbuilding, ports, fishing and related industries and services - employs some 3 million people in the European Union.

Tobacco and EU public health
Tobacco is the single largest cause of avoidable death in the European Union accounting for over half a million deaths each year and over a million deaths in Europe as a whole. It is estimated that 25% of all cancer deaths and 15% of all deaths in the Union could be attributed to smoking. In order to curb this epidemic, the European Community is actively developing a comprehensive tobacco control policy

Environment DG
Portal to the European Commission Environment services

The European Eco-label is a voluntary scheme enabling European consumers including public and private purchasers to easily identify officially approved green products across the European Union. It allows producers to show and communicate to their customers that their products respect the environment. A general description of the scheme is available as well as background information.

EU Directive on Dangerous Substances
Ehe EU Directive on Dangerous Substances was a response to a need to ensure the protection of public health, in particular the health of workers handling dangerous substances.

Electricity and the EU
Recent European Union legislation means that, from July 2007 at the latest, all consumers will be free to shop around for gas and electricity supplies. At the same time, the European Union is working to ensure that infrastructure, such as electricity and gas transmission networks, is improved, to transport energy as efficiently as possible to where it is needed. Regulators have been established in each EU country to ensure that suppliers and network companies operate correctly and provide the services promised to their customers. The European Commission is monitoring closely the market identifying obstacles and shortcomings.

Corporate social responsibility in EU Trade
Corporate social responsibility - European Commission CSR Trade site

EU car sector
Competition in the EU car sector - what's new

Austrian Business Agency
The Austrian Business Agency (ABA), a government-operated consulting firm, is the international investor's first business address in Austria.

Federation of Enterprise in Belgium
The Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB) is the only multi-sector employers' organisation representing companies in all three regions of Belgium. Its members, Belgium's leading sectoral federations, represent companies in key industrial and service sectors.

Firmafrance was launched in France on Wednesday the 25th June 2003 by Ubifrance, the French Agency for international business development, and the French weekly magazine on topical industrial news, l'Usine Nouvelle. It is the first and only B2B website which brings together 20,000 French exporters. Dedicated to foreign companies who wish to identify reliable suppliers and partners, it also gives companies the chance to announce their offers and seize business opportunities on line.

Eurochambres - the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry - represents 44 national associations of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, a European network of 2000 regional and local Chambers with over 18 million member enterprises in Europe.

Doing Business in Germany
Rivergate Associates is a German-based, business development firm, focused on assisting technology companies in entering the German Market.

Finfacts Irish Finance
Finfacts is Ireland's leading business / finance / e-business information portal service providing both business managers and financial consumers with up-to-date information in a wide variety of areas from interest/deposit information to stock market performance and e-commerce.

ALFI Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry
ALFI - Association Luxembourgeoise des Fonds d'Investissement - the official trade association of the world's 4th largest investment fund industry, strives to protect the interests of its members and to promote Luxembourg as a major financial centre. Its mission statement is: To lead industry efforts to make Luxembourg the most attractive international center for investment funds.

Netherlands foreign trade agency
The Netherlands Foreign Trade Agency (EVD) is an arm of the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs specially created to further the international activities of companies and entrepeneurs from all sectors of the Dutch economy.

Netherlands trade
This website aims to be of assistance to those doing business in Holland. It is expected to expand its services soon. This Trade & Industry site is an initiative of the Netherlands Foreign Trade Agency (EVD) and

Privacy Protection in the EU
The EU regulatory framework for electronic communications comprises a series of legal texts and associated measures that apply throughout the 25 EU Member States. The goals of the new framework are to encourage competition in the electronic communications markets, to improve the functioning of the internal market and to guarantee basic user interests that would not be guaranteed by market forces. The framework provides a set of rules that are simple, aimed at deregulation, technology neutral and sufficiently flexible to deal with fast changing markets in the electronic communications sector.

EU steel sector
The European Union, producing 193 million tonnes of crude steel, accounts for 18% of world production. China is the largest producer with 272 million tonnes (26% of world production), followed by Japan with 113 million tonnes and the USA with 99 million tonnes. The value of the annual EU steel production is estimated at EUR 21 billion, representing more than 1% of the Union’s GDP. Employment in the steel sector has contracted steadily over the years, so much so that from 1 million people working in the sector in 1970 there are now just 347,000 employed which represent less than 1.5% of the total employment in EU manufacturing industries.