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Risk-Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF) – Questions and answers by EUbusiness — last modified 05 June 2007, 15:49 CET
On 5 June 2007, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed a cooperation agreement establishing the new risk-sharing finance facility (RSFF) to support research & innovation in Europe. This new instrument is designed to help to make more financing available for promoters of research & innovation projects, which often face more difficulties than traditional business sectors in accessing finance, due to the relatively high levels of uncertainty & risk inherent to their activity. The RSFF, part of the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) & EIB’s programme for Research & Innovation, will partially cover the financial risks assumed by the EIB when financing this type of activity. The contribution of EUR 1 billion each from FP7 & the EIB will therefore unlock billions of additional financing in this area.
The EU and musculoskeletal disorders by EUbusiness — last modified 04 June 2007, 20:49 CET
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common work-related health problem in Europe, affecting millions of workers. Across the EU27, 25 per cent of workers complain of backache and 23 per cent report muscular pains. Lighten the load, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work's 2007 campaign to tackle MSDs in the workplace, supports an integrated management approach with three key elements. First, employers, employees and government need to work together to tackle MSDs. Secondly, any actions should address the ‘whole load on the body’, which covers all the stresses and strains being placed on the body, environmental factors such as cold working conditions, and the load being carried. Thirdly, employers need to manage the retention, rehabilitation and return to work of employees with MSDs.
Better Training for Safer Food annual report by EUbusiness — last modified 24 May 2007, 13:28 CET
The Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General of the European Commission manages the Better Training for Safer Food initiative. This report describes the activity of Better Training for Safer Food in 2006.
Sanctions against employers of illegally staying third-country nationals by EUbusiness — last modified 16 May 2007, 12:49 CET
The European Commission on 16 May 2007 presented a proposal for an EU Directive to tackle the pull factor for illegal immigrants created by employers providing illegal work. The Directive on sanctions against such employers is part of a comprehensive European Migration policy which supports legal migration, fights illegal migration, builds cooperation with Third Countries and works with the development agenda. Two Communications on the external dimension of migration were also published on the same day.
Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) by EUbusiness — last modified 02 May 2007, 22:47 CET
The use of Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) can help to design information and communication systems and services in a way that minimises the collection and use of personal data and facilitate compliance with data protection rules. The use of PETs should result in making breaches of certain data protection rules more difficult and/or helping to detect them.
Payment Services Directive: Frequently Asked Questions by EUbusiness — last modified 24 April 2007, 16:12 CET
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 secure as domestic payments within a Member State, by providing the legal foundation to make the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) possible. The PSD will reinforce the rights and protection of all the users of payment services (consumers, retailers, large and small companies and public authorities).
International customs operation Diabolo by EUbusiness — last modified 23 April 2007, 17:02 CET
The joint 'Diabolo' customs operation was a maritime operation that focused on containers shipped from Asian ports of loading to EU ports of discharge. The operation focused mainly on counterfeit cigarettes, but the possibility that other counterfeit goods or sensitive goods could be retained or seized by the EU Member States was also incorporated.
Unsafe products in the EU - overview by EUbusiness — last modified 19 April 2007, 12:49 CET
If a product on the European market causes a serious risk to the health and safety of consumers, action can be taken at three different levels to eliminate the risk.
Driving time and rest periods - Regulation (EC) 561/2006 by EUbusiness — last modified 12 April 2007, 23:04 CET
Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2006 on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport and amending Council Regulations (EEC) No 3821/85 and (EC) No 2135/98 and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 3820/85 (Text with EEA relevance) - Declaration
.eu one year on - questions & answers by EUbusiness — last modified 12 April 2007, 22:10 CET
This April 2007, Europe's internet domain .eu celebrates its first year of being open to the public. Over 2.5 million domain names have been registered. This enormous number of active users makes .eu Europe's third most popular top level domain (TLD) and the seventh most popular worldwide. With a 17% increase of registrations over the past five months, .eu is also one of the fastest growing TLD names on the web. According to a recent Europe-wide study, use of the .eu has proved particularly effective for small businesses.
EU financial rules 2007-2013 by EUbusiness — last modified 29 March 2007, 16:08 CET
Overview of new financial rules and funding opportunities 2007-2013.
EU excise duties on commercial diesel – Frequently Asked Questions by EUbusiness — last modified 13 March 2007, 19:37 CET
The new proposal is based on the fact that existing tax differentials on diesel used by trucks ("commercial gas oil") create distortions of competition within the liberalised Internal Market of the haulage sector. In addition, they lead to "fuel tourism", where truck drivers alter their routes in order to benefit from low tax rates applied in certain Member States, thereby having a negative impact on the environment. In consequence, the Commission’s proposal aims at narrowing these differentials while reducing environmental damages.
Questions and answers on EU Consumer Policy strategy 2007-2013 by EUbusiness — last modified 13 March 2007, 19:03 CET
Commissioner Meglena Kuneva on 13 March set out more than 20 legislative and non legislative initiatives to boost the retail side of the European Union's Single Market by 2013. The Commission says this will move forwards in the coming months with: a comprehensive overhaul of cross border shopping rights, an in-depth assessment of how best to strengthen consumer collective redress; new proposals to strengthen the Timeshare Directive; and a pledge to open the market for better cross border deals for credit (Consumer Credit Directive). The new Consumer Strategy 2007-2013 aims to boost confidence in the Single Market so that consumers can shop freely across borders - travelling or online – to get the best price, the best quality and for the product best suited to their needs.
REACH EU chemicals policy - Q&A by EUbusiness — last modified 14 December 2006, 13:45 CET
Questions and Answers on the European Union's new Chemicals policy, REACH
Restriction of Hazardous Substances EU Directive by EUbusiness — last modified 27 October 2006, 12:40 CET
RoHS is the acronym for Restriction of Hazardous Substances, the European Union (EU) directive (Directive 2002/95/EC) which bans new electrical and electronic equipment from being placed on the EU market if they contain more than agreed levels of certain hazardous substances.
Corporate Social Responsibility in the EU by EUbusiness — last modified 25 August 2006, 20:20 CET
Companies throughout the European Union are showing growing awareness of the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in business.
Fighting Spam in the EU by EUbusiness — last modified 03 January 2007, 18:44 CET
The EU Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive applies to the processing of personal data in connection with the provision of public electronic communication networks and service and thereby requires the Member States to create obligations for anyone involved in the forms of processing addressed by the Directive.
EU Copyright Directive by EUbusiness — last modified 03 January 2007, 19:44 CET
The 2001 EU directive extended copyright protection to the Internet and other new media.
VAT Invoicing Rules in the EU by EUbusiness — last modified 24 August 2006, 20:51 CET
EU Council Directive 2001/115/EC harmonises, simplifies and modernises invoicing obligations on traders when they sell goods or services that are subject to Value Added Tax (VAT). It also creates an EU legal framework for electronic transmission and storage of invoices.
Business & Enterprise in the EU by EUbusiness — last modified 24 August 2006, 17:53 CET
While modern and often successful, European business and industry knows it cannot afford to rest on their laurels. It is a constant challenge to remain competitive, and keep up with technology, and the pace of growth in competing countries. Meeting the challenge successfully is essential for sustainable growth and for our greater prosperity. EU enterprise policy plays its part by fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and competitiveness in manufacturing and services.