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The European Commission launched an important initiative to support EU Member States

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 giugno 2022

To reduce the burden of EU Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) by addressing the leading causes of avoidable premature death in Europe and improving citizens’ health and well-being. To do so, the Commission has published a guiding document to the “Healthier Together: EU Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Initiative”.This Initiative identifies effective actions and the available legal and financial supporting tools across five main areas: cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, mental health and neurological disorders, as well as their main contributing factors. The Initiative will have a budget of €156 million under the 2022 work programme of the EU4Health programme. As a member of the European Chronic Disease Alliance, EAACI has provided strong support for this initiative in the areas of common determinants of health, air quality and food safety and respiratory chronic diseases (asthma, allergic rhinitis, chronic rhinosinusitis) and will continue to lobby for the expansion of the main areas of interest to other chronic allergic diseases.

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European Commission and IOC UNESCO join forces for stronger ocean literacy in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 febbraio 2022

Great news from the world of ocean literacy: as of the 1st February, the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO will launch a partnership in support of the EU4Ocean coalition, the EU-wide ocean literacy initiative set up by the European Commission.The reason? Education and knowledge give us power to understand the world around us and to make the right decisions. Likewise, ocean education give us power to understand the link between our actions and our oceans’ health – and thus act more responsibly towards the blue planet and its resources. Sharing the common goal of fostering ocean literacy among citizens of all ages, the European Commission and IOC UNESCO team up to maximize the impact and visibility of EU4Ocean, thereby promoting ocean education across the EU and beyond.

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European Commission and top chefs promote sustainable fish and seafood consumption

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 febbraio 2021

The campaign comes at a time when fishers and aquaculture producers are struggling for survival, after nearly one year of lockdown or closure of restaurants and catering – the prime outlets for their products.But more than just promoting fish consumption, the European Commission wants to create awareness among consumers about the importance of local, seasonal and sustainable consumption. When produced or harvested correctly, fish and seafood can have an important place in a sustainable diet, with an environmental and carbon footprint much lower than most land-based animal protein. Moreover, the production of shellfish such as mussels or oysters can even help prevent coastal erosion, an increasing problem in many European coastal areas.Over the coming three months, top chefs from nine EU countries will share their recipes made with various kinds of delicious fish or shellfish from fisheries and aquaculture. More countries will follow in a next season, still planned for this year. During the campaign, the Commission will put the limelight on the beauty of the fisheries and aquaculture sector, but also their challenges and complexities. Hopefully, it will lead to a better understanding and, who knows, a passionate conversation at the fish monger!Moreover, at the occasion of the campaign start, the season premiere of Euronews’ OCEAN series explores how EU regulation empowers European consumers to make informed seafood choices. Watch the latest episode of OCEAN

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MEPs approve changes in the European Commission

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 10 ottobre 2020

Parliament approved the appointment of Mairead McGuinness as Commissioner and Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis’s change of portfolio, on Wednesday. Mairead McGuinness (Ireland), currently Vice-President of the European Parliament, will be Commissioner in charge of Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets. Her appointment was approved with 583 in favour, 75 against and 37 abstentions.The change of portfolio for Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis (Latvia) was approved with 515 in favour, 110 against and 70 abstentions. He is now in charge of Trade.The reshuffle at the European Commission comes after Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan resigned at the end of August.Both candidates had to undergo three-hour public hearings in the European Parliament on 2 October so that MEPs could evaluate their competencies with regard to their respective portfolios.

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European Commission and European Investment Fund launch €75 million BlueInvest Fund

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 febbraio 2020

The European Commission is partnering with the European Investment Fund, part of the European Investment Bank Group (EIB), to launch the BlueInvest Fund today. During the BlueInvest Day conference in Brussels, EIB Vice-President Emma Navarro and Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, launched a €75 million equity investment fund for the blue economy.The BlueInvest Fund will be managed by the European Investment Fund and will provide financing to underlying equity funds that strategically target and support the innovative blue economy. This sector can play an important role in the transformation to a carbon-neutral economy by 2050, an ambition announced in the European Green Deal. The new programme is backed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments, the financial pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe.The blue economy includes economic activities related to oceans, seas and coasts. It ranges from companies in the marine environment to land-based businesses producing goods or services that contribute to the maritime economy. The blue economy harbours many promising early-stage ventures and companies – often emanating from EU-funded R&D programmes. These companies develop solutions for renewable energy, sustainable seafood, blue biotechnology, maritime IT and much more.The new fund is complemented by the European Commission’s BlueInvest platform, which supports investment readiness and access to finance for early-stage businesses, SMEs and scale-ups. Through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, the Commission also funds an additional €40 million grant scheme, to help blue economy SMEs with developing and bringing to market new innovative and sustainable products, technologies and services.
Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans & Fisheries, said: “Oceans are the first in line to be hit by climate change, but they also hold many solutions to tackle climate emergency in every single marine industry, from fisheries and aquaculture, to offshore wind, wave and tidal energy, blue biotechnology and many other innovation-related fields. A €75 million equity investment fund is a tool to unlock the potential the blue economy holds both in contributing to the European Green Deal and ensuring economic growth of European SMEs developing innovative and sustainable products and services.”EIB Vice-President, Emma Navarro, responsible for the Blue Economy, said:“Oceans are vital for life on Earth. But oceans are under threat and need to be protected. This is why we are developing innovative financing solutions to support the Blue economy. Solutions that allow us to provide financing for protecting the oceans and to turn the seas into a sustainable economic resource. The BlueInvest fund that we are launching today will give an important contribution to mobilize private investments to this sector and to get critical projects off the ground. It marks another important partnership between the EIF and the European Commission. ” EIF Chief Executive, Alain Godard, said: “The oceans provide huge potential for economic growth, but this growth needs to be sustainable. The investments in the Blue Economy sector we signed today show how public funds in the EU can be deployed to attract private investment and catalyse the development of this sector. I am delighted that we can now launch the BlueInvest fund which combined with additional private capital will help to drive Europe’s Blue Economy agenda.”

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New Media Announces European Commission Regulatory Clearance for Merger with Gannett

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 26 ottobre 2019

New Media Investment Group Inc. (“New Media” or the “Company”) (NYSE: NEWM) announced today that the European Commission has provided regulatory clearance under the EU Merger Regulation for the transactions contemplated by the previously announced definitive agreement, dated August 5, 2019, pursuant to which New Media will acquire Gannett Co., Inc. (“Gannett”) (NYSE: GCI) for a combination of cash and stock (the “Merger”). This concludes all regulatory reviews of the Merger.
The completion of the Merger remains subject to other customary closing conditions, including receipt of approval from New Media stockholders and Gannett stockholders. The Merger is expected to close shortly following the New Media and Gannett special stockholder meetings, which are currently scheduled for November 14, 2019.

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European Commission launches Blue Economy Report at European Maritime Day in Lisbon

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 Maggio 2019

Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella has opened the 2019 European Maritime Day conference in Lisbon. This year, the main focus is on boosting a “blue” economy, the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, through entrepreneurship, investment, and research and innovation. On this occasion, the European Commission launches the second edition of its Blue Economy Report.
Commissioner Vella said: “Coastal regions are home to 214 million people and generate 43% of EU GDP. Today’s report confirms the blue economy’s role as an exciting growth sector, with opportunities both in established sectors like tourism and shipbuilding, and in emerging areas like ocean energy or the blue bioeconomy. Yet we also know that blue economy start-ups and small companies often struggle to get their good ideas off the ground. That is why the European Commission is currently developing an investment-readiness support tool to help them mature and eventually access the funding they need to scale up.” Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport, responsible for the Joint Research Centre, instrumental in drafting the Blue Economy Report added: “Though our oceans cover more than 70% of the earth’s surface, we know less about what lies beneath the waves than we do about faraway planets. This prevents us from making the most of our resources while protecting marine ecosystems. The second Report on the European Blue Economy aims to change that. It reflects the importance that the European Commission attaches to a robust, evidence-based approach. Our oceans and seas can help us in tackling the challenges facing humanity; creating prosperity without endangering that of future generations.”Using the opportunities of the oceans sustainably was also at the heart of Commissioner Vella’s speech at today’s international ministerial conference on smart ocean governance, organised by Portugal. He reiterated the key role of oceans – in particular ocean energy – towards achieving a carbon-free Europe by 2050. This year’s blue economy report incorporates various new elements and content, including the maritime defence and the maritime equipment sectors. A preliminary analysis by sea basin has been added, as well as a number of in-depth case studies, e.g. on the economic impacts of marine protected areas or the contribution of the research and education sector to blue economy jobs. Finally, the second edition comprises a section on ecosystem services and natural capital, addressing the costs and economic impact of climate change and mitigation measures.

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European Commission adopts two contingency proposals to help mitigate impact of “no-deal” Brexit on EU fisheries

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 31 gennaio 2019

Given the continued uncertainty in the UK surrounding the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, the Commission has today adopted two legislative proposals to help mitigate the significant impact that a “no-deal” Brexit would have on EU fisheries.This is part of the Commission’s ongoing preparedness and contingency work and will help ensure a coordinated EU-wide approach in such a scenario. The first proposal is to allow fishermen and operators from EU Members States to receive compensation under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund for the temporary cessation of fishing activities. This will help off-set some of the impact of a sudden closure of UK waters to EU fishing vessels in a no-deal scenario.The second proposal amends the Regulation on the Sustainable Management of the External Fleets. The aim of this proposal is to ensure that the EU is in a position to grant UK vessels access to EU waters until the end of 2019, on the condition that EU vessels are also granted reciprocal access to UK waters. The proposal also provides for a simplified procedure to authorise UK vessels to fish in EU waters and EU vessels to fish in UK waters – should the UK grant that access. This proposal is limited to 2019 and is based on the agreement in the Agriculture and Fisheries Council of 17 and 18 December 2018 on the fishing opportunities for 2019. These contingency measures cannot mitigate the overall impact of a “no-deal” scenario, nor do they in any way replicate the full benefits of EU membership or the terms of any transition period, as provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement. They are limited to these specific areas where it is absolutely necessary to protect the vital interests of the EU and where preparedness measures on their own are not sufficient. As a rule, they will be temporary in nature, limited in scope and adopted unilaterally by the EU.
These proposals are subject to the co-decision procedure. The Commission will work with the European Parliament and the Council to ensure the adoption of the proposed legislative acts so that they are in force by 29 March 2019.

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Churches discuss future of Europe at European Commission

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 ottobre 2018

Brussels. Representatives from some of the CEC Member Churches participated at the European Commission Annual High-Level Meeting with Religious Leaders in Brussels.The meeting was held on 8 October hosted by the First Vice-President Frans Timmermans. The event addressed the theme “The Future of Europe: addressing challenges through concrete actions” bringing together heads of religious organisations from across Europe.In follow up to the discussions last year the religious leaders spoke about the concrete actions that should be taken to respond effectively to the challenges faced by Europe.Among issues that were discussed included migration, social integration and sustainability of way of life and the upcoming European Parliament elections, which remained a priority matter. The religious leaders also reviewed European Union’s response to these issues.“As churches we feel very concerned about the challenges faced by Europe, not only that we raised in the CEC open letter and process Future of Europe, but also issues related to labour and most importantly how we deal with the fears. We need to work towards trust in our common future and common good of Europe,” said CEC President Rev. Christian Krieger.Bishop Mariano Crociata, Bishop of Latina, First Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union said, “We must listen and understand the elements that constitute fear. These are the fears that are expressed in the political reactions. We must not simply deny these fears but we must recognise these fears and address in our communities.”
The high-level meetings and discussions are held regularly between the European Commission and churches and religious, philosophical and non-confessional organisations. The meetings were launched by the Commission in 2009 when such dialogue was enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty (Article 17 TFEU). The dialogue is now under the responsibility of First Vice-President Timmermans.

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A recovering industry and a valuable source of healthy food – European Commission calls on regions to embrace aquaculture

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 febbraio 2018

After more than a decade of stagnation, EU aquaculture is finally showing signs of recovery. With 4% growth in volume and 8% in value between 2014 and 2015, and profits exceeding 400 million euro, the sector is generating more value than ever before.The success is in part due to strong cooperation over the last years between the European Commission and national authorities to remove barriers to growth. As a result, many governments have been taking steps to cut red tape, which clearly has been paying off.At FARMEDintheEU Regions, a conference organized by the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions showcasing some of the success stories of European aquaculture, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, today stressed the need for even greater buy-in from the EU regions.“Aquaculture can deliver local food and local jobs in an environment-friendly way. The planning, authorisation, and ultimately the success of aquaculture in the EU lie in the hands of our regions and Member States. We count on you to support investment in this promising industry”, Commissioner Vella said.With global population expected to reach 10 billion people by 2050, Commissioner Vella sees aquaculture as a key pillar of global and European food security. “We need to plan ahead now to provide more fish, shellfish and algae in a sustainable, responsible way”, Commissioner Vella said. “Of course we must continue our work on sustainable wild fisheries, but if we are to get more seafood, it has to come from farming. Having many small, well-planned farming actions at regional scale, and helping consumers to make informed, responsible choices is the key to success.”

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Sicurezza dei prodotti nel mercato unico UE

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 dicembre 2017

european commissionBruxelles. La Commissione presenta due proposte legislative finalizzate a rendere più facile per le imprese, in particolare le PMI, vendere i propri prodotti in Europa e a rafforzare i controlli da parte delle autorità nazionali e dei funzionari doganali per impedire la vendita ai consumatori europei di prodotti non sicuri.
Le iniziative sono intese a migliorare due aspetti della libera circolazione delle merci nell’UE:
Rendere più facile la vendita di un prodotto in un altro Stato membro
Il principio del “reciproco riconoscimento” garantisce che i prodotti che non sono soggetti a una regolamentazione a livello dell’UE possano, in linea di principio, circolare liberamente all’interno del mercato unico se sono legalmente commercializzati in uno Stato membro. Questo principio dovrebbe consentire ai fabbricanti di vendere i loro prodotti in Europa, senza sottostare a ulteriori prescrizioni. Per applicare il principio in modo più rapido, più semplice e più chiaro, la Commissione propone un nuovo regolamento sul reciproco riconoscimento delle merci.
Rafforzare i controlli delle autorità nazionali volti a garantire che i prodotti siano sicuri e conformi alle norme.Sono ancora troppi i prodotti non sicuri e non conformi venduti sul mercato dell’UE: ad esempio, risulta dalle ispezioni che il 32% dei giocattoli, il 58% dei dispositivi elettronici, il 47% dei prodotti da costruzione e il 40% dei dispositivi di protezione individuale non soddisfano i requisiti in tema di sicurezza o di informazioni ai consumatori previsti nella legislazione dell’UE. Oltre a rappresentare un rischio per i consumatori, tali prodotti pongono in una situazione di svantaggio competitivo le imprese virtuose.
Il mercato unico, che celebrerà il suo 25º anniversario nel 2018 ed è uno dei maggiori successi dell’Europa, assicura la libera circolazione delle merci, dei servizi, dei capitali e delle persone. Se ai consumatori garantisce una scelta più ampia e prezzi più bassi, ai professionisti e alle imprese esso apre nuove opportunità. Consente alle persone di viaggiare, vivere, lavorare e studiare ovunque lo desiderino.
Gli scambi di merci costituiscono il 75% del commercio intra UE e rappresentano circa il 25% del PIL dell’UE. Le regole sui prodotti dell’UE valgono per la grande maggioranza di tutti i prodotti fabbricati nell’Unione. Tali prodotti hanno un valore di 2 400 miliardi di euro e sono fabbricati o distribuiti da circa 5 milioni di imprese. Le norme europee assicurano la libera circolazione dei prodotti in tutta l’Unione, garantendo al contempo un elevato livello di protezione dell’ambiente, della salute e della sicurezza. Ad esempio, la legislazione dell’UE in settori come quelli dei giocattoli e delle sostanze chimiche è fra le più rigorose al mondo.

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European Commission Grants Approval for Mavenclad

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 agosto 2017

medicines agencyDARMSTADT, Germany, /PRNewswire/ First oral short-course treatment for highly active relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS) now approved in Europe MAVENCLAD® has shown sustained clinical efficacy for up to 4 years with a maximum of 20 days of oral treatment over 2 years Marketing authorization includes the 28 countries of the European Union (EU), with first launches in the UK and in Germany Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced that the European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorization for MAVENCLAD® 10mg (Cladribine Tablets) for the treatment of highly active relapsing multiple sclerosis* (RMS) in the 28 countries of the European Union (EU) in addition to Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland. MAVENCLAD® is the first oral short-course treatment to provide efficacy across key measures of disease activity in patients with highly active RMS, including disability progression, annualized relapse rate and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) activity. “Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the world’s most common neurological disorders. With the approval of MAVENCLAD® in the European Union, we are pleased to offer patients and clinicians an innovative agent with a simplified dosing schedule as a new approach to managing active relapsing MS,” said Belén Garijo, CEO Healthcare and Member of the Executive Board of Merck. “This is a pivotal change in the treatment of MS which further demonstrates our unwavering commitment to advancing patient care.”
MAVENCLAD®’s marketing authorization is based on more than 10,000 patient years of data with over 2,700 patients included in the clinical trial program, and up to 10 years of observation in some patients. The clinical development program included data from three Phase III trials, CLARITY, CLARITY EXTENSION and ORACLE MS; the Phase II ONWARD study; and long-term follow-up data from the 8-year prospective registry, PREMIERE. The efficacy and safety results of these studies allowed a full characterization of the benefit-to-risk profile of MAVENCLAD®.”This is an exciting moment and one that will change the way we treat MS,” said Gavin Giovannoni, Professor of Neurology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. “MAVENCLAD® is a selective immune reconstitution therapy (SIRT) which simplifies treatment administration, by giving patients just two short annual courses of tablets in four years. Patients can benefit from the treatment over a longer period of time without having to continually take medication and without the need for frequent monitoring.”The authorization follows a positive opinion from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) that was received in June 2017. MAVENCLAD® is expected to become commercially available to patients in Europe by prescription within the coming months, with initial launches in Germany and UK expected as early as September 2017. In addition, Merck plans additional filings for regulatory approval in other countries, including the United States.”Multiple Sclerosis affects more than 700,000 people across Europe and has no cure to date,” said Anne Winslow, President of the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform. “New treatment options will significantly help improve the quality of life of people living with active relapsing MS.”In patients with high disease activity, post hoc analyses of the two-year Phase III CLARITY trial, demonstrated that MAVENCLAD® reduced the annualised relapse rate by 67% and the risk of 6-month confirmed EDSS progression by 82% versus placebo. As demonstrated in the Phase III CLARITY EXTENSION study, no further MAVENCLAD® treatment was required in Years 3 and 4. The comprehensive dataset has informed the posology and monitoring requirements. The most clinically relevant adverse reactions were lymphopenia and herpes zoster. Lymphocyte counts must be assessed before, and during, treatment with MAVENCLAD®. MAVENCLAD® is contraindicated in certain groups including immunocompromised patients and pregnant women. (photo. medicines agency)

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La Commissione europea stabilisce le basi per un’azione futura nel settore del diritto dei consumatori dell’UE

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 31 Maggio 2017

Bruxelles. Oggi la Commissione europea presenta un’analisi delle norme dell’UE in materia di consumatori e di marketing, che servirà da base per migliorare il quadro giuridico per i consumatori e le imprese. Dai risultati dell’analisi emerge che, sebbene i consumatori europei beneficino già di diritti forti, vi sono margini di miglioramento, ad esempio per quanto riguarda il rispetto dei diritti dei consumatori e il loro adattamento all’era digitale. Un aggiornamento delle norme garantirebbe inoltre maggiore chiarezza giuridica per le imprese che operano a livello transfrontaliero. european commissionVĕra Jourová, Commissaria europea per la Giustizia e i consumatori, ha dichiarato: “I consumatori europei sono tra i più protetti al mondo. Godono di diritti forti sia quando acquistano nel loro paese sia quando acquistano all’estero. Dobbiamo garantire che tali diritti possano essere debitamente fatti valere e che tengano il passo dell’era digitale. Con le prossime proposte faremo in modo che questi diritti diventino una realtà online e offline.” Le norme dell’UE in materia di consumo hanno contribuito a migliorare la fiducia dei consumatori: nel 2016 quasi 6 consumatori su 10 (58%) si sono sentiti ben protetti nei loro acquisti online da un altro Stato membro, rispetto a solo uno su dieci (10%) nel 2003. 10 persone su 7 hanno dichiarato di aver beneficiato del diritto alla garanzia gratuita minima di due anni per i beni acquistati.L’analisi della Commissione ha individuato le seguenti problematiche da affrontare: possibilità di ricorso limitate: solo pochi paesi offrono rimedi efficaci di diritto civile ai consumatori che sono vittime di pratiche commerciali sleali. In alcuni paesi le imprese e le organizzazioni dei consumatori non possono proporre provvedimenti inibitori per segnalare le irregolarità. Gli Stati membri continuano a mantenere approcci diversi in materia di ricorso collettivo;
livello di applicazione divergente tra gli Stati membri: il livello delle sanzioni per violazione del diritto dei consumatori dell’UE da parte di un’impresa varia notevolmente tra gli Stati membri, con conseguente divergenza del livello di tutela dei consumatori e assenza di condizioni eque per le imprese;
diritti non pienamente adattati al mondo digitale: quando sottoscrivono servizi online gratuiti (ad esempio servizi di cloud computing, media sociali, ecc.) i consumatori non beneficiano degli stessi diritti di informazione precontrattuale e del diritto di recesso garantiti per i servizi a pagamento. Non c’è inoltre trasparenza sugli intermediari online, il che rende difficile per i consumatori far valere i propri diritti;
poca consapevolezza sui diritti dei consumatori: solo quattro persone su dieci (41%) sanno di avere diritto alla riparazione o alla sostituzione gratuita in caso di prodotto difettoso, e solo un terzo (33%) sa di non dover pagare per prodotti non richiesti o per la loro restituzione.
In che modo intende procedere la Commissione? La Commissione esaminerà come procedere per:
concedere alle vittime di pratiche commerciali sleali il diritto a rimedi contrattuali e/o extracontrattuali (ad esempio il diritto di porre fine al contratto e ottenere il rimborso del prezzo pagato); estendere la protezione prevista dalla direttiva sui diritti dei consumatori (ad esempio l’informazione precontrattuale e il diritto di recesso) ai servizi online per i quali il consumatore paga fornendo i suoi dati;
assicurare che i consumatori che utilizzano piattaforme online (ad esempio i negozi online) sappiano se stanno acquistando da un professionista o da un altro consumatore e se beneficiano delle norme a tutela dei consumatori; rafforzare e armonizzare meglio il livello delle sanzioni per violazione del diritto dei consumatori; migliorare la procedura per l’azione inibitoria a tutela dei consumatori; analizzare i risultati della valutazione del ricorso collettivo nell’UE.
Per esaminare l’opportunità di eventuali modifiche della legislazione, nel 2017 la Commissione: pubblicherà una “valutazione d’impatto iniziale” che delineerà la portata e le opzioni per una futura azione legislativa; organizzerà una consultazione pubblica online; preparerà una valutazione d’impatto, sulla base dei cui risultati presenterà una proposta legislativa. La Commissione sta già lavorando all’aggiornamento di alcuni strumenti normativi per la tutela dei consumatori:
La Commissione ha aggiornato gli orientamenti sulla direttiva relativa alle pratiche commerciali sleali, che costituisce la base giuridica per molte azioni coordinate a livello dell’UE per garantire il rispetto dei diritti dei consumatori.
La Commissione ha proposto norme moderne per i contratti del settore digitale (IP/15/6264), che, una volta adottate, stabiliranno regole chiare per proteggere meglio i consumatori che acquistano contenuti digitali. Inoltre allineerà le norme comuni in materia di rimedi. Per quanto riguarda una migliore applicazione delle norme, la Commissione ha presentato una proposta per rafforzare la cooperazione tra gli organismi di tutela dei consumatori e la Commissione.

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European Commission secures 10-year pledge to save Mediterranean fish stocks

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 aprile 2017

europeThe Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration, a practical example of EU’s successful neighbourhood policy, sets out a detailed work programme for the next 10 years, based on ambitious but realistic targets. Over 300 000 persons are directly employed on fishing vessels in the Mediterranean, whilst many more indirect jobs depend on the sector. The Declaration was signed by Mediterranean ministerial representatives from both northern and southern coastlines, a signature that gives political ownership to an issue that was up to now managed at technical level. It is the result of a European Commission-led process that started in Catania, Sicily in February 2016.
Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for the Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, said: “Today we are making history. In signing the Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration, we are affirming our political will to deliver tangible action: on fisheries and other activities that have an impact on fisheries resources, on the blue economy, on social inclusion, and on solidarity between the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean. I hope that this declaration will come to be seen as a turning point – for a bright future for fishermen, coastal communities and fishing resources alike.”
Commitments made by the signatories include:
– By 2020, ensure that all key Mediterranean stocks are subject to adequate data collection and scientifically assessed on a regular basis. In particular small-scale fishermen are to acquire an increased role in collecting the necessary data to reinforce scientific knowledge;
– Establish multi-annual management plans for all key fisheries. On its part, the Commission has already initiated this process with its proposal for a multi-annual fisheries plan for small pelagic stocks in the Adriatic;
– Eliminate illegal fishing by 2020 by ensuring that all States have the legal framework and the necessary human and technical capabilities to meet their control and inspection responsibilities. The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) will lead the development of national control and sanctioning systems;
– Support sustainable small-scale fisheries and aquaculture by streamlining funding schemes for local projects such as fleet upgrade with low-impact techniques and fishing gear, social inclusion and the contribution of fishermen to environmental protection.
The effective implementation of the declaration will be made possible by involving in the process fishers – men and women –, coastal communities, civil society, industrial, small-scale, artisanal and recreational fisheries, as well as the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and GFCM. Today’s declaration is another contribution to the EU’s international commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 14: ‘Conserve and sustainably use the ocean, seas and marine resources for sustainable development’).
The Mediterranean Sea is a unique sea basin, characterised by its long coastline and a fishing sector providing jobs for over 300 000 people. 80% of its fleet belongs to small-scale fishermen (with vessels under 10m long), who fish a quarter of the total catches. These jobs are at risk as fish stocks in the Mediterranean are shrinking: about 90% of assessed stocks are over-exploited. Food security, livelihoods, and regional stability and security are all under threat.
Today’s declaration is the outcome of the so-called Catania process, launched by Commissioner Vella in February last year and entailing fruitful cooperation with stakeholders, the GFCM Secretariat, EU Member States and third countries. Important milestones include a first ministerial conference of Mediterranean fisheries ministers in April 2016, the GFCM annual session in June 2016, and the GFCM inter-sessional meeting in September 2016.
The following parties were represented at the Malta MedFish4Ever Ministerial Conference: European Commission, 8 Member States (Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus), 7 third countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, Albania, Montenegro), FAO, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, the European Parliament, the EU Mediterranean Advisory Council. (photo: europe)

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Proper assessment of Privacy Shield needed, stresses Civil Liberties Committee Chair

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 gennaio 2017

european commissionThe Commission should conduct a proper assessment of the Privacy Shield for data transfers to the US, Civil Liberties MEPs say in a draft resolution debated on Thursday.Claude Moraes, Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, said after the debate on the draft resolution:“This resolution acknowledges that the Privacy Shield contains clear improvements compared to the previous Safe Harbour but key deficiencies remain to be urgently resolved. However, it also calls on the Commission to conduct a proper assessment and calls on the EU Data Protection Authorities to make use of their supervisory powers to ensure that EU data protection law is respected.
– Since the invalidation of the Safe Harbour framework in October 2015, the European Parliament has consistently called for a stronger arrangement, one that provides a protection of personal data which meets the requirements of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Data Protection legal framework.
– While the final agreement on the Privacy Shield adopted in July 2016 took a number of our concerns into consideration, the Civil Liberties Committee has decided to propose a new Parliamentary resolution as many of our concerns still remain. These include concerns regarding the principle of data retention, the bulk collection of personal data for national security purposes, the need for sufficient judicial redress and effective independent oversight as well as several law enforcement issues. If these concerns are not taken into account the Privacy Shield risks not achieving its purpose and could be challenged in the Court.
– The joint annual review of the Privacy Shield which is expected mid-2017 will be crucial in order to integrate these concerns to ensure that the arrangement provides a protection of personal data which meets the requirements of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Data Protection legal framework which will apply from May 2018.”

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Commission launches call worth €1.5m to promote coastal and maritime tourism

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 dicembre 2016

The European Commission is making available €1.5 million to create nautical routes linking up maritime sites across Europe. The announcement was made by Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, when opening the European Tourism Day conference in Brussels today.”With today’s call for proposals we are shining a light on Europe’s rich maritime heritage, from museums to monuments. By encouraging tourist authorities to team up with the cultural and creative industeuropean commissionries, this call will create new tourist offers, making Europe’s coastal regions an even more attractive holiday destination”, Commissioner Vella said.Commissioner Vella also used his opening speech to stress the role of innovation in keeping Europe’s maritime and coastal tourism competitive and attractive.”Tourism is changing. Holidaymakers are increasingly looking for more than traditional ‘sun, sand and sea’ package. So innovation is indispensable to keep you – and Europe – in business. And we also need innovation to keep our air, landscapes and waters clean. Because Europe’s natural treasures are some of our greatest tourism assets. So going green is not just good for the environment. It’s good for business,” he said.
Coastal tourism is the most popular type of tourism in Europe. Two out of three European tourists prefer to spend their holidays on the coast, and nearly half of all nights spent in EU tourist accommodation are spent in coastal areas. Together with cruise tourism, yachting and marinas, coastal tourism in the EU provides almost 3 million jobs and generates revenue of 400 billion euros.The Commission is supporting maritime and coastal tourism by funding new ideas, fostering dialogue, and promoting Europe as a maritime destination, in line with its 2014 ‘European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism’.Its ‘Guide on Funding for Coastal and Maritime Tourism’, developed in early 2016, gives a helpful overview of available EU funding.Today’s call for proposals follows a call for the creation of underwater cultural routes earlier this year.

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European Commission Approves Visa Inc.’s Acquisition of Visa Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 7 giugno 2016

san franciscoSan Francisco CA Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) Yesterday announced that the European Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of Visa Europe Ltd. by Visa Inc. Visa has now received all regulatory approvals required for the acquisition. The transaction has already been cleared by both the Jersey and the Turkish competition authorities. The transaction is expected to close in Visa Inc.’s fiscal third quarter of 2016. Visa will announce the closing once it has occurred.
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead with prepaid or pay later with credit products.
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are identified by words such as “will,” “is expected,” and other similar expressions. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements Visa Inc. makes about the likelihood and timing of the closing of the acquisition.

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European Commission launches 2016 awards to recognise innovation in supporting SMEs

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 marzo 2016

european commissionApplications are now open for the 10th anniversary edition of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA), which recognise excellence in supporting and promoting SMEs in Europe.Public bodies and public-private partnerships from across the EU Member States, and Iceland, Serbia and Turkey will be vying for the coveted awards, which go to the most imaginative and successful initiatives that support entrepreneurship and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).The winners of the six categories will be announced at a high-profile ceremony in Bratislava, Slovakia on 24 November 2016 as part of the SME Assembly, the main event of European SME Week.Previous winners of the EEPA have gone on to achieve even greater things for SMEs in Europe as a result of winning the award. Last year’s Grand Jury Prize winners, Lisboa Empreende/Lisbon Micro-Entrepreneurship, said winning the award gave the programme much needed recognition, and motivation: “It was a great experience with lots of visibility in the entrepreneur environment. We met some very interesting projects and contacts. We also shared experience, challenges and solutions for the creation and growth of SMEs.”
The competition is comprised of two competitive stages:
National competitions will be held between now and the end of June when entries are submitted.
In July, two national entries from each country will be selected to compete at the European level and represent their country.
A European Jury will review all entries and shortlisted nominees will be announced in September.The award categories are:
Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit
Investing in entrepreneurial skills
Improving the business environment
Supporting the internationalisation of business
Supporting the development of green markets and resource efficiency
Responsible and inclusive entrepreneurship
Participants’ ultimate aim is to win the Grand Jury Prize, an award that is given to an initiative from any category that is considered to be the most creative and inspiring entrepreneurship initiative in Europe.
Since 2006, the European Enterprise Promotion Awards have rewarded public bodies and public-private partnerships that have shown excellence in promoting entrepreneurship and small businesses. Over 2 800 projects have entered during this time, and have supported the creation of thousands of new companies. The Awards’ objectives are to create a greater awareness of the role entrepreneurs play in European society and encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs. This is achieved by identifying and recognising successful activities and initiatives to promote enterprise and entrepreneurship, and then showcasing and sharing examples of best entrepreneurship policies and practices.

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A new proposal by the European Commission brings about long-awaited simplification

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 marzo 2016

fishermenEuropean fishermen know it only too well. Brussels decides what and how they may fish, wherever they are and whatever the season. For decades, in an effort to protect fish stocks and ecosystems from hurtful and excessive fishing, the EU has been micro-managing the fishing activity down to the tiniest technical detail.
Over time, however, the numerous conservation rules have grown into a complex web of requirements that is hard to follow for users and difficult for administrations to enforce. The cumbersome institutional process required for each alteration makes the system unwieldy – and adds to the entanglement. This phenomenon is not unique to fisheries; in fact the Commission has undertaken a massive simplification effort in many domains in recent years. For its part, the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy is set to streamline and upgrade, and the Commission’s new initiative on technical conservation measures stems from both processes. By empowering national and regional actors, it decentralises management for more agile and effective decision making.
Imagine for instance that a specific fishing area needs to be closed to protect a school of bottom-dwelling young fish; but that some vessels can still be allowed there because they do not fish close to the seabed. Rather than having to go through a central decision that could take years, the Member States around that area could decide the most appropriate technical conservation rules among themselves, in consultation with their stakeholders and scientific experts, and tailor them to the area’s specific needs and features.
This is the gist of the Commission’s proposal. The EU would still prescribe the general goals and principles of the fishing activity. A set of basic rules would still be applicable to all, like the ban on certain fishing gears or the obligation to land rather than discard unwanted catches. But when it comes to conservation measures, national governments, regions and operators would be able to choose the best technical solutions for the local context, provided they are underpinned by science.
This new regionalised mechanism can have many advantages. Decision making can be leaner and faster when decentralized. Measures that are area-specific rather than standardised tend to be more effective. And the sector’s involvement through the Advisory Councils means greater ownership of the rules, which in turn translates to more compliance.
Speaking of compliance, another factor that is likely to ease uniform interpretation of the rules across the EU is simplification: the proposal condenses six existing Regulations into one single text, correcting inconsistencies and repealing obsolete rules in the process – in sum making the whole conservation framework simpler and more understandable.
This is nothing short of radical change – changes in the very fabric, the DNA of our policy. But in this case less (regulation) could very well be more (conservation).
From now on, what the EU will prescribe is just the big standards and the overall targets: it will be the lighthouse showing the way. Steering the ship will be national governments, regions and operators themselves, who will decide which route to take to meet those standards and targets. And in so doing they will spread the good practice to those who are willing to pick it up, whether in the EU or elsewhere. And hopefully the genetic mutation – a mutation in favour of sustainability – will be passed on to the rest of the world.

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As Hunger Grips Syrian Families, European Commission Boosts Support For WFP

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 ottobre 2015

syrian civil warBRUSSELS – As half the population of Syria struggle to meet their food needs, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of €30 million from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) to its emergency food assistance in Syria. “This contribution comes at a very critical time. WFP supports more than 4.25 million people in need inside Syria, including families who are preparing for another harsh winter,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP’s Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.WFP was forced to reduce the size of the food rations it provides to families inside Syria by up to 25 percent this year. Some 10 million people in the country face food insecurity.In 2015, the overall EC contributions to the Syria crisis response amount to €36 million (€30 million for Syria and €6 million for Syrian refugees). Since 2012, the overall EC contributions to WFP’s Syria crisis operations amount to over €240 million (US$272 million).“We count on Europe at this time. Syrians are becoming ever more desperate. They have exhausted all their resources and are losing hope for the future,” said Hadi. “They should not have to worry about hunger, too.”WFP depends entirely on voluntary contributions. It has to raise US$25 million every week to meet the basic food needs of people affected by the Syrian conflict.New donor contributions in recent weeks mean that WFP has been able to increase the value of assistance it provides to extremely vulnerable Syrian refugees in neighbouring Jordan and Lebanon to an average of US$21 per person per month. This is 80 percent of what WFP estimates people need.WFP has also been able to restore assistance to 229,000 vulnerable refugees in Jordan following a suspension in September of their electronic vouchers used to purchase food. WFP will upload US$14 per person in October for this group of refugees.“We call all donors to step up their support to millions of Syrians who could fall victim to hunger this winter,” Hadi saidAt current levels of support, WFP can assist Syrian refugees until January 2016. Beyond that, WFP will not be able to continue to provide regular food assistance to the most vulnerable Syrians without additional funding.

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