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Agreement on EU Telecoms Reform - briefing
The European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers have reached agreement on the EU Telecoms Reform package, after intense negotiations brokered by the ...
Article 13(1) of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive requires Member States to prohibit the sending of unsolicited commercial communications ...
Fighting Spam in the EU
The EU Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive applies to the processing of personal data in connection with the provision of public electronic ...
European households becoming increasingly digital: survey
The drive to get European citizens to go digital would appear to be gradually paying off, according to the findings of an EU-wide survey. It finds that more ...
In a pan-European qualitative study covering 29 European countries, children of 9-10 and 12-14 years old were interviewed about their use of online ...
Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs)
The use of Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) can help to design information and communication systems and services in a way that minimises the collection ...
The EU Safer Internet plus programme aims to promote safer use of the Internet and new online technologies, particularly for children, and to fight against ...
The Audiovisual Media Services Directive amends and renames the Television without Frontiers Directive, providing less detailed but more flexible regulation. ...
Data protection in the EU
Concerns about personal data collection on the Internet are increasing. Developments in the European Union fo create of a frontier free Internal Market and the ...
To obtain a detailed overview of the legal and economic aspects of gambling and games of chance, the Commission asked the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law to ...
Media policies in the EU
The audiovisual sector provides one million jobs in the European Union. It involves big commercial interests and issues of cultural diversity, public service ...
EU Strategy for Mobile TV - Frequently Asked Questions
The convergence of broadcasting, telecommunications and the Internet is creating exciting new opportunities for consumers. The European Commission is strongly ...
Since 1985, a score of European Community directives have been adopted with the aim of achieving a single, EU-wide market for pharmaceuticals.
The Innovative Medicines Initiative is a proposed partnership between the European Commission and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry and ...
The objective of the European Union Services Directive is to achieve a genuine Internal Market in services by removing legal and administrative barriers to the ...
Unfair commercial practices Directive - guide
The European Union's unfair commercial practices Directive - questions and answers
EuroSafe, the European Association for Injury Prevention and safety Promotion, is the network of injury prevention champions dedicated to making Europe a safer ...
According to the EU Roaming Regulation, mobile operators should have offered customers a Eurotariff by 30 July 2007. This tariff shall be activated no later ...
EU harmonisation of mobile phone chargers - briefing
Incompatibility of chargers for mobile phones is a major inconvenience for users and also leads to unnecessary waste. Therefore, the Commission has requested ...
EU crackdown of ringtone scams - guide
The European Commission announced on 17 July the results of an EU-wide investigation into websites offering mobile phone services such as ring-tones and ...
International Mobile Roaming : how will new 'Eurotariffs' reduce cost of using a mobile phone in the European Union?
The European Union (EU) Regulation on international mobile roaming comes into force in the 27 EU Member States at the end of this week, meaning that consumers ...
This time it should be personal: EP takes strong stance on data protection law
The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties committee vote today as they lead efforts to seal an update of EU Data Protection and privacy laws.
Commission plans to relax rules on GM crops in Europe - Procedural tweaks fail to protect public and environment
The European Commission will announce today proposals to speed up the union’s genetically modified (GM) crop authorisation procedure. Member states are being ...
New energy labels for EU household appliances
Labels on household appliances such as fridges, washing machines and ovens will have to include more information on energy consumption, following a vote by ...
31m fake goods seized at EU borders in 2017
Customs authorities detained over 31 million fake and counterfeit products at the EU's external border with a street value of over EUR 580m, according to ...
New textile labels promise more informed choice for EU
Members of the European Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will next week vote on amendments to a draft report on textile names and ...
The Internet of Things: A brave new world for consumers?
Four global and European consumer organisations today presented their recommendations to make consumer rights, privacy and security core features of the ...
EU agrees provisional deal to strengthen consumer rights online
The EU institutions reached a draft deal Tuesday on new rules to make it easier and safer to buy and sell both goods and digital content across borders - ...
EU concludes reform with stronger guarantee rights for consumers in future
The EU institutions have approved a deal which includes rights for consumers of digital content and services like software, streaming or game downloads for the ...
The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety provides opinions on health and safety risks (chemical, biological, mechanical and other physical risks) of ...