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Online markeplaces sign EU pledge on product safety 27 June 2018, 14:09 CET
Four major online marketplaces, Alibaba (for AliExpress), Amazon, eBay and Rakuten - France signed a commitment Monday for faster removal of dangerous products sold on their online marketplaces.

New EU rules to ban single-use plastics 01 June 2018, 12:40 CET
The European Commission proposed on 28 May new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.

EU mulls upgrade to rules on machinery safety, product liability 08 May 2018, 15:57 CET
With a view to ensuring that legislation keeps up with emerging digital technologies and innovative products, the Commission published evaluation reports Monday on EU machinery safety and product liability rules.

MEPs call for global ban on animal testing of cosmetics 08 May 2018, 15:58 CET
The EU should launch a diplomatic drive for a global ban on testing cosmetics on animals before 2023, MEPs urged Thursday. The sale of all animal-tested cosmetics has been banned within the EU since 2013.

A stronger and more competitive European retail sector 19 April 2018, 23:07 CET
The EU Commission published on 19 April a set of best practices to support Member States' efforts to create a more open, integrated and competitive retail sector.

Brussels bids to revive Europe's city centres 20 April 2018, 20:12 CET
The EU Commission published a set of best practices for the retail sector Thursday in a bid to revive city centres and increase innovation and competitiveness in one of the EU economy's biggest sectors.

New EU rules promote competition in cross-border parcel delivery services 13 March 2018, 22:47 CET
New rules to provide clearer information on Europe-wide prices of parcel delivery services and boost consumer confidence in cross-border shopping and shipping were approved Tuesday by MEPs.

MEPs call for worldwide ban on animal testing of cosmetics 21 February 2018, 22:56 CET
The EU should launch a diplomatic drive for a worldwide ban on the animal testing of cosmetics before 2023, the European Parliament's Environment Committee said on Tuesday.

Commission boost for European blockchain effort 05 February 2018, 22:58 CET
The Commission gave its backing Thursday to efforts to develop blockchain technology, with the launch of an EU Blockchain Observatory for a technology seen as an economy 'gamechanger'.

Cross-border parcel delivery boost for European SMEs 14 December 2017, 23:59 CET
The EU institutions provisionally agreed Thursday on new rules to make cross-border parcel delivery tariffs more transparent and allow regulators to better monitor the cross-border parcel delivery market.

Cross-border parcel delivery 14 December 2017, 23:02 CET
EU negotiators reached a provisional agreement on 13 December 2017 to make prices for cross-border parcel delivery services more transparent and affordable and to increase regulatory oversight of the EU parcel market.

Brussels acts to protect Europe's know-how 29 November 2017, 20:35 CET
Europe's smaller companies will be encouraged to invest in innovation and creativity, under EU Commission plans presented Wednesday to strengthen protection of intellectual property rights.

Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 29 November 2017, 20:22 CET
The European Commission presented on 29 November 2017 measures to ensure that intellectual property rights are well protected, thereby encouraging European companies, in particular SMEs and start-ups, to invest in innovation and creativity.

EU looks to make procurement more efficient and sustainable 04 October 2017, 15:49 CET
As part of EU efforts to stimulate the economy and unlock investment, the European Commission put forward Tuesday an initiative for more efficient and sustainable procurement, exploiting digital technologies.

Public procurement initiative 04 October 2017, 14:30 CET
To strengthen the Single Market and as part of the continuous effort to stimulate investment in the EU, the European Commission has put forward an initiative to carry out procurement more efficiently and in a sustainable manner, while making full use of digital technologies to simplify and accelerate procedures.

Member States compliance with EU law - 2016 report 06 July 2017, 22:39 CET
Today's Annual Report on monitoring the application of EU law sets out how the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2016. The online Single Market Scoreboard, also published today,shows that whilst most barriers to the free movement of persons, services, goods and capital are being eliminated, in some fields the situation is stalling or even worsening.

Brussels adopts guidelines for disclosure of non-financial information 26 June 2017, 23:49 CET
Guidelines on disclosure of environmental and social information were adopted Monday by the Commission to help firms disclose non-financial information in a consistent and comparable manner.

EU agrees plan for cheaper cross-border parcel delivery 12 June 2017, 00:34 CET
The EU Council agreed its stance Friday on a legislative proposal for cheaper parcel deliveries and convenient return options even to and from peripheral regions in the EU.

Compliance and practical functioning of the EU Single Market - Q&A 03 May 2017, 13:35 CET
The European Commission has set out a Single Market Compliance package, aiming to make it easier for people and companies to manage their paperwork online in their home country or when working, living or doing business in another EU country. It will also help ensure that commonly agreed EU rules are respected.

Compliance package to boost functioning of EU Single Market 03 May 2017, 23:58 CET
The EU Commission set out Tuesday a Single Market Compliance package, to make the European market work better for citizens and businesses, and help them make full use of its opportunities.

Revised shareholders' rights directive 14 March 2017, 17:35 CET
The European Parliament approved on 14 March a report on the revision of the EU shareholders' rights directive. The final adoption step will take place in the European Council shortly. The directive will enter into force two years after its publication in the official journal.

Euro-MPs greenlight shareholder 'say on pay' 14 March 2017, 17:45 CET
The European Parliament gave its green light Tuesday to a revised EU shareholders' rights directive, giving shareholders a say on directors’ pay and making it easier for firms to identify their shareholders.

Brussels opens probe into geo-blocking in online sales 06 February 2017, 23:59 CET
The EU Commission launched three separate investigations Thursday to assess if certain online sales practices prevent consumers from enjoying cross-border choice, in breach of EU antitrust rules.

Improved car rental practices earn EU assent 19 January 2017, 22:12 CET
The EU Commission gave Europe's major car rental companies the nod of approval Thursday for new improved practices agreed to improve the treatment of consumers renting their cars.

EU boost for Europe's services economy 12 January 2017, 18:47 CET
The EU Commission brought out a package of measures Tuesday aimed at making it easier for companies and professionals to provide services to the EU's potential customer base of 500 million people.