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DG Energy - renewables
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
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.

Move2Learn, Learn2Move
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

CETA in your town
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
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)
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
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
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.

Biological Safety of Food in the EU
Biological hazards include bacteria, viruses, parasites, prions, biotoxins. Some of these hazards have posed serious risks to public health, such as Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, biotoxins in live molluscs or BSE. Exposure of consumers to those through food should thus be prevented. A comprehensive legal framework has been established by the European Commission to increase the level of food safety in Europe, building over time European consumers' confidence while preventing food crises. It is based on scientific advice delivered by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Preservation of bank accounts
Current fragmentation of national rules on enforcement severely hampers debt collection within the EU. Creditors seeking to enforce a civil court order in another EU country are confronted with different legal systems, procedural requirements and language barriers which entail additional costs and delays. Regulation 655/2014 establishing a European Account Preservation Order procedure ("EAPO") establishes a new uniform European procedure for the preserving of bank accounts, which will allow creditors to preserve the amount owed in a debtor's bank account located in the EU.

Control of TSEs (including BSE and scrapie)
Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) are a family of diseases occurring in man and animals and are characterised by a degeneration of brain tissue giving a sponge-like appearance leading to death The family includes diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) and Kuru in humans, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle, Scrapie in small ruminants (sheep and goats), Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in cervids and Transmissible Mink Encephalopathy (TME) in minks. The commonly accepted cause of the TSE diseases is a transmissible agent called a prion (PrPres), which is an abnormal form of a protein.

EU efforts for bee health
Bee health depends on many factors. This is why EU actions cover several policy areas including: beekeeping and agriculture, environment, research, pesticides, veterinary issues and surveillance measures. There are around 630.000 beekeepers and 16 millions of hives in the EU, producing 234.000 tons of honey per year.

ESMA updated Q&A on Prospectus Directive
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an updated questions and answers (Q&A) document on the application of the Prospectus Directive. he Q&A includes one new question and answer on the application of the ESMA guidelines on Alternative Performance Measures to prospectuses. The question clarifies how to apply the guidelines when constituent parts of a prospectus straddle the date on which ESMA's Alternative Performance Measures Guidelines came into force (3 July 2016). The purpose of this Q&A is to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the application of the Prospectus Directive and its implementing measures.

Find a Galileo-enabled device to use - UseGalileo.eu
Galileo is Europe's Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS), providing users with improved positioning and timing information. With the declaration of Initial Services, Galileo is moving from a global satellite navigation system (GNSS) in testing, to a live, operational service. For the first time, European satellites are providing users with global positioning, navigation and timing information. In the lead up to Galileo Initial Services, many forward-looking companies have created Galileo-enabled receivers, chipsets and modules – many of which are already available on the market. This tool helps you keep track of Galileo-enabled devices serving a variety of needs as they become available.

Global Surface Water Explorer
The Global Surface Water Explorer is a new online interactive mapping tool that will be accessible to everyone and serve to improve European and global policies for example on climate change and water management.

Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online: First results on implementation
The European Commission published on 6 December 2016 the first evaluation of how IT companies applied the code of conduct to combat illegal online hate speech.