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Payment Services Directive and Interchange fees Regulation
In order to adapt EU payments market to the opportunities of the single market and to support the growth of the EU economy, the European Commission adopted a ...
Payment Services Directive: Frequently Asked Questions
The aim of the PSD is to ensure that payments within the EU – in particular credit transfer, direct debit and card payments – become as easy, efficient, and ...
In 2015 the EU adopted a new directive on payment services (PSD 2) to improve the existing rules and take new digital payment services into account. The ...
Payment Services Directive
European consumers will be able to reap the full benefits of paying online for goods and services, thanks to new rules that will it make it cheaper, easier and ...
Payment Services Directive (PSD2): Regulatory Technical Standards
The European Commission adopted on 27 November 2017 rules designed to make electronic payments in shops and online safer. This will also allow consumers to ...
EC Communication on VAT reduced rates – Frequently Asked Questions
The European Commission has launched a political debate on how to simplify current EU legislation on reduced VAT rates. In a Communication adopted on 5 July ...
Retail Financial Services Report - Bank fees, pre-contractual information, advice and switching - SEC(2009) 1251 final - The Consumer Markets Scoreboard is the ...
Single Euro Payments Area - new EC plans - briefing
The European Commission has adopted a Communication on Completing SEPA: a Roadmap for 2009-2012 in response to the Communication on 'Driving European ...
Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) - guide
SEPA, the Single Euro Payments Area, went live on 28 January 2008 and European banks formally launched the first SEPA payment instrument for credit transfers. ...
The European Commission has published a major study into the costs, benefits and opportunities created by SEPA (the Single Euro Payments Area) which was ...
Solvency II guide
The European Commission on 10 July 2007 proposed a ground-breaking revision of EU insurance law designed to improve consumer protection, modernise supervision, ...
Consumer protection in financial services - Undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS) – improved requirements for depositaries and fund managers
The European Commission has presented a legislative package that raises standards in financial services and removes loopholes for the benefit of consumers. ...
Common system of VAT (the 'VAT Directive')
This Directive codifies the provisions implementing the common system of VAT, which applies to the production and distribution of goods and services bought and ...
EU-wide complaints reporting - briefing
The European Commission has adopted a recommendation introducing an EU-wide method for classifying and reporting consumer complaints to be used by complaint ...
Nutrition and health claims
Nutrition and health claims which encourage consumers to purchase a product, but are false, misleading or not scientifically proven are prohibited. The aim is ...
Commission moves to strengthen product safety
Legislative proposals tabled Tuesday by the EU Commission would make it easier for smaller companies to sell products across Europe, and strengthen national ...
COVID-19 is a wake-up call to end sky-high medicine prices
The current pandemic is a stress test for our health care systems and sky-high medicines prices are one of the problems that need solving. As vaccines, testing ...
Future of food labelling at stake
MEPs still have a chance to give consumers the means to make informed choices about which food products they buy during a crucial vote next week (16th June) in ...
Brussels sets out strategy on hormone disrupting chemicals
The EU Commission unveiled a long-awaited strategy on endocrine disrupting chemicals Wednesday, with the aim of protecting consumers against harmful chemicals ...
EU's new approach to the cultivation of GMOs - guide
The European Commission has proposed to confer to EU Member States the freedom to allow, restrict or ban the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms ...
Long-delayed EU strategy on hormone disrupting chemicals - roll out is matter of urgency
Chemicals which change our hormonal system, so-called endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), are linked to severe health problems, including infertility, ...
Brussels objects to VISA inter-regional fees
The European Commission sent a supplementary Statement of Objections to Visa Inc. and Visa International Thursday, focusing on inter-regional fees on ...
Rapid alert system for dangerous products 2016 report
The European Commission's latest report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products shows that, in 2016, the system was more actively used by national ...
Online platforms partner with EU to remove unsafe products
The Commission is stepping up cooperation with Amazon, Ebay and Alibaba to more actively tackle potentially unsafe products from websites which sell to ...
Directive on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing
New rules on music copyright approved by the European Parliament on 4 February 2014 aim to make it easier for online providers to get licences to stream music ...
European business assessment and priorities for the adoption of a directive on consumer rights
This publication reflects the concern of the business community about the vote of the European Parliament expected in March. The adoption of a directive on ...
Online gambling in the Internal Market
The European Commission today unveiled an action plan, with a series of initiatives over the next two years aimed at clarifying the regulation of online ...
Google's privacy policy questioned by EU data authorities
Data protection authorities across Europe - collectively known the Article 29 Working Party – have today issued their conclusions on Google’s privacy policy ...
New EU push for safer, more repairable appliances
The EU Commission proposed Tuesday new 'eco-design' measures to improve the repairability and recyclability of household products such as refrigerators, ...
Energy-gobbling vacuum cleaners outlawed by EU
Vacuum cleaners sold in Europe are to be more cost- and energy-efficient, as a result of EU rules which outlaw new vacuum cleaners using more than 900 watts ...
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