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Disappointing vote puts some consumer rights up for the chop
Consumer protection in the EU for the purchase of goods could be weakened following a poor vote in the European Parliament Internal Market (IMCO) Committee ...
Chemical foul play in EURO 2012 football shirts
In a few short 3 days, Europe's best football players kick-off the European football championship in jerseys containing harmful and toxic substances new ...
New research reveals alarming security flaws in smartwatches for children
Children smartwatches, on sale in many European countries, pose massive security risks. Research published today by Forbrukerrådet, the Norwegian member ...
Halt to bad consumer surprises thanks to data roaming cut-off limit
BEUC welcomes that, as of the 1st of July 2010, a mandatory cut-off limit on data roaming charges lowers the financial risks for European mobile phone users. ...
EU urges stricter checks for safer goods
Today the European Commission proposed to beef up checks of consumer goods available in the EU such as toys, phones or TVs. The main proposal is to increase EU ...
Insufficient changes to terms and conditions of social media giants show need for real EU sanctions
Facebook, Twitter and Google+ have made changes to their terms of service in an effort to comply with EU consumer protection rules, following a joint action of ...
European chemicals safety net flawed Commission study reveals
A European Commission study on hormone disrupting chemicals has shed a worrying new light on the insufficient way these are assessed before use in consumer ...
More enforcement of consumer law and better rights in digital economy, demand MEPs
The European Parliament committee for the internal market (IMCO) is pushing for stronger rules when companies do not abide by EU consumer law. Enforcement is ...
Consumers' wish for Santa: Safer toys for Europe's kids
Just as every year, Christmas approaches and family and friends rush to the shops to buy toys for the children. Often spoiling the festive mood is the doubt in ...
Food Industry 1 – 0 Consumers
MEPs caved into pressure from the food industry today when plans to introduce a colour coding system for food labelling were rejected by almost 400 MEPs.
Europe still an attractive business destination, Eastern companies say
Enterprises from the six countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) see the European Union as an ...
European consumers face significant hurdles when shopping online outside the EU, new research shows
Although more and more Europeans shop online, their trust in the market outside the EU remains low.
EU takes baby step towards collective consumer court actions
The European Commission will recommend Tuesday 11 June that all EU countries adopt laws allowing victims to go to court as a group if harmed or suffering loss ...
Air passengers' rights: key EU vote approaches
In the context of a major EU update of air passengers’ rights, the European Parliament votes Thursday, calling for a strengthening of rights and measures to ...
Deal reached: New CO2 emission targets for cars to spur cleaner driving for all Europeans
CO2 emissions are directly related to our cars' fuel economy. Reducing them will benefit the environment, public health and our wallets. Today's decision is an ...
EU must make consumers' chicken safe without chemicals
Chicken sold in Europe in the future could be dipped in chemicals to wash bacteria away, according to a European Commission proposal BEUC strongly disapproves ...
EU top court ruling exposes need for European collective redress tool
Today’s ruling by the European Court of Justice has limited consumer options for better access to justice in mass harm cases. It stated that European consumers ...
Will Europe's telecoms market overhaul benefit consumers?
The telecoms sector in Europe is to get a regulatory shake up under wide ranging plans launched by the European Commission.
EU unveils Digital Single Market: Consumers must be central
The EU‘s Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy, a top priority of the Juncker Commission, has been published today.
ACTA vote in European Parliament
Following today’s rejection of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in a vote by Members of the European Parliament (478 against, 39 in favour, 165 ...
Appetite to know: Europeans want food origin labelling
The origin is one of the key criteria for consumers when buying food. These are the results of a survey on origin labelling presented today in Brussels by The ...
10 years on from the first inefficient light bulb ban, consumers have saved up to €1,330
In the decade after EU rules on energy-efficient lighting kicked in, the average European household has saved up to €1,330 - the equivalent combined price of a ...
EU can wait no longer for Collective Redress
Today’s vote in the European Parliament echoes BEUC in putting clear pressure on the Commission to introduce a system of Collective Redress providing EU ...
Parliament opens the door to safer medical devices
Laws defining medical devices will be shaken up after the European Parliament adopted the proposals in Strasbourg today. It is now over to the Council of ...
EU updates law on air passengers' rights
A major update of EU regulation on the rights of passengers and obligations of airlines when flights are cancelled or face long delays has been launched today ...
Towards a Europe-wide database of accidents and injuries
A broad coalition of European organisations has come together to call on the European Commission to propose setting up a Pan-European Accident and Injury Data ...
The EU needs rules on chemicals in coffee cups, straws and other paper food packaging, consumer test shows
A new lab test shows that food packaging made of coloured paper and cardboard - such as coffee cups and straws - may contain and release chemicals originating ...
Consumer groups take up fight against unfair 'no-show' clause in airline tickets
Today several consumer groups are taking action against the use of 'no-show' clauses in airline tickets. This clause prevents passengers from using the return ...
National governments want strong consumer guarantee rights
Member States have adopted their position on a proposal to reform the guarantee rights consumers enjoy when buying goods. National governments decided to ...
EU authorities supervising financial markets to get stronger and long-awaited consumer protection powers
The EU has struck a deal to strengthen and better fund the authorities which are responsible for supervising financial markets at EU level.
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