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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.

MEPs vote for stronger gun control 14 July 2016, 11:49 CET
Euro-MPs, debating in committee on a draft update of the EU firearms directive, voted Wednesday to introduce stronger controls on 'blank-firing' guns, to prevent them being converted to fire live ammunition.

No 'a la carte' single market for the UK 30 June 2016, 16:10 CET
There will be no single market 'a la carte', EU Council president Donald Tusk told Britain following an informal meeting of the leaders of the European Union in Brussels Wednesday.

Roadmap to a deeper and fairer Single Market 29 October 2015, 13:56 CET
The European Commission presented on 28 October a roadmap to unleash the full potential of the Single Market and make it the launchpad for Europe to thrive in the global economy.

Better Regulation Agenda 19 May 2015, 18:01 CET
The European Commission adopted on 19 May its Better Regulation Agenda. This comprehensive package of reforms covering the entire policy cycle will boost openness and transparency in the EU decision-making process, improve the quality of new laws through better impact assessments of draft legislation and amendments, and promote constant and consistent review of existing EU laws, so that EU policies achieve their objectives in the most effective and efficient way.

EU trade mark reform package 23 April 2015, 13:30 CET
The European Commission, European Parliament and Council reached provisional political agreement on 21 April on the EU's trade mark reform package. The agreed measures are set to make trade mark registration systems all over the EU more accessible and efficient for businesses in terms of lower costs, increased speed, more predictability and greater legal certainty. The Commission says the reform will improve conditions for businesses to innovate and to benefit from more effective trade mark protection against counterfeits, including non-authentic goods in transit through the EU's territory.

Smart Regulation in the EU - making EU law lighter 14 October 2014, 18:24 CET
The European Commission is taking stock of its efforts to make EU law lighter, simpler and less costly. Under the title "Smart Regulation in the EU – Building on a Strong Foundation" politicians, stakeholders and experts have been examining the achievements and persisting challenges in the field of smart regulation, administrative burden reduction and better implementation of EU legislation. On this occasion, Dr Edmund Stoiber, the Chairman of the independent High Level Group on Administrative Burdens advising the Commission since 2007, will hand over the group's final report to EC President José Manuel Barroso.

Industrial competitiveness - Commission reports 11 September 2014, 23:10 CET
EU manufacturing possesses a number of competitive strengths that should be leveraged to promote economic growth, despite the current difficult economic environment. This is the conclusion of the two reports on industrial competitiveness released by the Commission today. However to ensure that growth does not stall, the EU and Member States urgently need to address a number of areas of concern: investment, access to finance, public administration, access to foreign markets, innovation and energy prices.