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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.
Starting tomorrow, consumers will benefit from cheaper intra-EU phone calls
People making phone calls from their home country to someone living in another EU country will see their phone bill drop thanks to a new EU measure which will ...
EU's Digital Single Market blueprint released
A European ‘Digital Single Market’ was brought a step closer today by the European Commission’s eCommerce Communication. Consumers in the EU can see this as ...
Victims of breast implants scandal fight for compensation - Need for EU to better protect with Collective Redress
Criminal fraud proceedings begin today in France following last year’s breast implants scandal which affected 400,000 victims globally and 100,000 in Europe.
Mixed outcome of new EU consumer insurance market law
A deal was reached last night between Members of European Parliament and EU ministers in the revision of EU-wide rules for insurance sales, ranging from car ...
EU Parliament votes for more transparency of food safety studies
In a plenary vote today, the European Parliament endorsed the deal agreed with Member States on a proposal to end secrecy around scientific studies on food ...
Consumer Agenda finally puts consumer at centre of EU policy-making
BEUC welcomes the adoption by the European Commission of the Consumer Agenda - its vision for future EU consumer policy.
EU introduces new consumer rights
A range of new consumer rights will apply in all 28 EU Member States as of Friday, June 13.
EU paves way for the bank accounts consumers actually need - BEUC
Today’s European Parliament vote will enable all European consumers to open a bank account, make account fees more transparent and comparable and help those ...
EU-US 'Safe Harbour' data agreement: BEUC comment
The European Commission has identified 13 recommendations for change to the EU/US ‘Safe Harbour’ agreement on citizens’ personal data exchange for commercial ...
EU improves system to test cars after Dieselgate
Today, the European Parliament, Member States and Commission reached an agreement to reform the system for approving cars before they go on sale and checking ...
Early Christmas present: dodgy health claims on food to disappear from shelves?
December 14 marks the final whistle for unproven health claims used by EU’s food industry. That day ends the 6-month transition period for industry to adapt ...
Consumers to get financial breathing space with debt and insurance relief
New guidelines issued to financial institutions will offer some welcome breathing space to consumers who have been hit financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parliament gives green light to handy EU-wide pension product
The EU Parliament has given its blessing to a deal reached between the EU institutions on the creation of a pension product that would be available in all EU ...
BEUC reports major airlines for breaching passenger rights and calls for industry investigation
Following thousands of complaints from upset airline passengers, BEUC - and 11 of its member organisations - have reported some major airlines to national ...
Major new rules for roaming in the EU
Today sees new European Commission rules proposing to change the face of Europe’s telecommunications market and further reduce the roaming cost of calls, texts ...
EU makes bold pledge for resource-friendly consumer goods
Consumer products sold in Europe will become more environmentally friendly, in a bid to better use depleting natural resources.
Worrying decline of food controls in Europe, new BEUC report reveals
The number of food controls and the resources allocated to them are dwindling across Europe. This is the worrying trend that emerges from the report 'Keeping ...
EU Roaming Regulation
Following today’s European Parliament vote approving the latest Roaming Regulation (which enters into force across the EU July 1, 2012), Monique Goyens, ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
2011 RAPEX figures released: Numbers down, risks unchanged?
A disturbing 1,803 dangerous products alerts have been revealed with today’s release of the 2011 RAPEX system statistics. This is down by approximately 450 ...
MiFID II - An opportunity to make Europeans' investments safer
While stock markets and banks are in disarray, Europe's consumers need stable financial markets more than ever to make secure investments. The European ...
Deal reached to improve enforcement of consumer law
The EU has struck a deal that should see consumers better protected when a company breaks the law.
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