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New rules to boost consumer trust

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17.4.2019 – In the field of Food safety have MEPs approved new rules, already agreed with EU ministers, which ensure that the EU’s risk assessment procedure for food safety is more reliable, transparent and objective, passing with 603 votes in favor, 17 against and 27 abstentions. Unfavorable studies will no longer be withheld. The new [...]

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Protecting whistle-blowers in EU

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17.4.2019 -  The new rules, adopted with 591 votes in favour, 29 against and 33 abstentions and already agreed with EU ministers, lay down new, EU-wide standards to protect whistle-blowers revealing breaches of EU law in a wide range of areas including public procurement, financial services, money laundering, product and transport safety, nuclear safety, public [...]

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New EU-wide rules to target the single-use plastic products

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28.5.2018- With the amount of harmful plastic litter in oceans and seas growing ever greater, the European Commission is proposing 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. Together these constitute 70% of all marine litter items. [...]

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Innocent until proven guilty

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2.4.2018 – New EU rules guaranteeing that anyone accused or suspected of a crime is innocent until proven guilty apply since Sunday 1 Aprill. The rules will also better protect peoples’ right to remain silent and right to be present at their trial. It will ensure people across the EU always benefit from these procedural [...]

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The new rules against unjustified geoblocking

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23.3.2018 – The new rules against unjustified geoblocking (Regulation (EU) 2018/302) entered into force yesterday and will be a reality for citizens as of 3 December 2018 – they will be able to find the best deals online when buying goods and services across the EU without being discriminated based on nationality and residence. The [...]

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New transparency rules for financial intermediaries

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13.3.2018 – The European Commission has welcomed the political agreement reached by the EU Member States today on new transparency rules for intermediaries- such as tax advisers, accountants, banks, and lawyers – who design and promote tax planning schemes for their clients. The decision waakentermediarn by EU Economic and Financial Affairs ministers at their meeting [...]

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New rules to prevent tax evasion and money laundering

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3.1.2018-The Commission has welcomed the entry into force of new rules obliging Member States to give tax authorities access to data collected under anti-money laundering legislation. As of 1 January 2018, national tax authorities will have direct access to information on the beneficial owners of companies, trusts and other entities, as well as customer due [...]

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Car emissions and safety – stricter rules

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29.5. 2017 – The Commission welcomes the agreement reached today by Member States on its legislative proposal to ensure that car manufacturers comply strictly with all EU safety, environmental and production requirements. Proposed by the Commission in January 2016, the new rules represent a complete overhaul of the so-called car type approval framework: the system [...]

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New rules to tackle corporate tax avoidance

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The Commission has welcomed today’s agreement by Member States on their general approach for far-reaching new rules to eliminate the most common corporate tax avoidance practices. First proposed by the Commission in January, these legally-binding rules were agreed swiftly to spur global efforts to clamp down on aggressive tax planning. They are particularly timely given [...]

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