New figures show improved conditions across all markets in Europe, though services and the energy sector give cause for concern.
When you're in another EU country, the European Health Insurance Card makes seeing a doctor or going to hospital easier. It can save you time and money.
The EU has proposed higher recycling targets in a bid to transform Europe's economy into one where nothing is wasted, supporting sustainable growth.
The EU's food safety early warning network cemented its vital role in keeping dangerous food products off the shelves in 2013, and aims to lead the fight against fraud.
Checks on travel websites significantly improve compliance with consumer rights, with 62% now abiding by EU rules.
The EU is launching a consultation to gather ideas about how mobile technology could be used to improve health services in Europe, leading to potential savings of €99bn.
A record number of safety alerts were issued by the EU’s early warning system for dangerous products (RAPEX) in 2013, which also saw a marked rise in the proportion of unsafe items from China.
Stronger consumer rights will give shoppers more protection wherever they shop in the EU, particularly online.
The EU could radically reduce its use of disposable plastic carrier bags over the next 4 years, under plans put forward this week by the Commission.
Water at nearly all of Europe’s beaches – and most of its rivers and lakes – are clean enough to swim in. And the quality is improving.
European experts seek to fine-tune EU approach to environmental protection at annual Brussels meeting – 4-7 June.
New measures would give all Europeans a legal right to a basic bank account anywhere in the EU – and make switching to another provider easier.
Strategy would coordinate EU countries’ responses to the impact of global warming on local communities.
EU-wide standards for environmental claims would increase trust in the growing market for green products and allow shoppers to make informed choices.
The Commission is working to protect consumers and ensure the integrity of packaged food sold in the EU – what you see on the label should be what you get.
Package of proposals would further strengthen the EU’s product-safety laws and address new, emerging threats.
New plan to ban both strong flavours that disguise tobacco and misleading claims such as ‘light’ and ‘mild’ on cigarette packets.
New gambling action plan to protect consumers, crack down on irresponsible advertising and tackle betting-related match-fixing.
Water at nearly all of Europe’s coastal and inland bathing sites is clean enough to swim in – as overall quality improves.
Investors buying financial products would get better information and more protection under proposed new measures.
New comprehensive EU approach to improving consumer protection and safety would give shoppers more information and help them seek redress when a sale goes wrong.
2011 report notes ongoing improvements in EU’s Rapex rapid alert network, which protects European consumers from dangerous products.
Last 2 decades have seen more effective coordination between member countries, getting aid quickly to victims of disasters and conflicts around the world.
Commission looks at ways to help countries realise the health and economic benefits of fully applying the EU’s environmental laws.
Proposals to encourage more online commerce would make it easier to shop on the Internet across the EU – contributing to economic growth and job creation.
As children unwrap the longed-for teddy bear, tricycle or lightsaber this Christmas, their parents can rest assured that toys bought in the EU are the safest in the world.
New measures will make it faster, easier and cheaper for consumers to resolve disputes with traders when buying goods and services in the EU.
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Common set of optional sales rules would ease cross-border trade and cut costs for companies while giving consumers greater choice and protection.
Water at nearly all Europe's coastal and inland bathing sites is clean enough to bathe and swim in, despite a slight decrease in quality.
European experts feed debate on the EU's approach to protecting, preserving and improving the environment.
Information and communications technologies help EU healthcare providers deliver better and more efficient services to patients – while reducing costs.
New approach to maintaining biodiversity aims to bring down high species-extinction rates by 2020, restore natural ecosystems in the EU as far as possible, and contribute more to averting a global problem.
Most websites selling electronics goods comply with EU consumer-protection rules, though 60% of sites selling tickets are in breach.
Water quality decreases slightly, but vast majority of Europe’s beaches, lakes and rivers still clean enough for swimming.
EU opens annual conference on environment policy, gathering thousands of experts for four days of debate.
Study shows cost of responses to global warming is lower today than in 2008, when the EU adopted its climate change goals.
Consumers benefit from greater use of European product safety alert system and more effective market surveillance.
Ideas sought on how to improve train, energy and banking services - a major cause of headaches for consumers in Europe.
With public healthcare systems under pressure from an ageing population, governments are increasingly looking to information technology to provide relief.
The EU’s goal of stopping animal and plant extinctions by 2010 has not been reached. Now more action is planned – for proper long-term protection of biodiversity by 2020.
EU testing shows serious risk of shocks and fire in many lights. Stay safe – turn them off when you go to bed or leave the house.
Authorities investigated 301 mobile phone services websites in follow-up to EU crackdown on misleading consumer practices.
Proposals tabled for collaboration on sea surveillance, bigger EU role in global maritime affairs and sustainable fishing.
EU søsætter forslag om integreret havovervågning, større indflydelse på internationale maritime forhold og bæredygtigt fiskeri.
Wide variations in death rates prompt EU to step up joint efforts to prevent, treat, research and share information on cancer.
Volume to be controlled on MP3 players, iPods and other personal music players, to prevent hearing loss.
Whenever its member countries are hit by natural disasters, the EU steps in to help coordinate assistance and fund the reconstruction of essential infrastructure.
'Play to Stop – Europe for climate' – a campaign giving young Europeans a chance to learn and talk about climate change and the environment.
Using a mobile phone is about to get cheaper again for the tens of millions of people who cross EU borders every day.
“Be healthy – be yourself” campaign encourages young people to become more proactive in protecting their health.
Planning will reduce the impact of climate change on health, energy supplies, transport systems, farming and tourism.
Ships that pose risks could be blacklisted under maritime safety package approved by European parliament.
New proposal to strengthen disaster prevention capacities and increase cooperation with developing countries.
EU countries screen less than half the recommended number of people for cancer and death rates are likely to rise unless action is taken.
Commission presents plan to streamline customs procedures for ships travelling from one EU port to another – moving towards a maritime space without barriers.
New plans to give free fruit and vegetables to schoolchildren – and extend the range of dairy products already available.
Civil protection mechanism springs into action as EU receives requests for help from several countries around Europe
Once again the world is witnessing unprecedented feats of speed, strength and endurance at the Olympic games. But if athletes are pushing themselves to the limit, most people are getting less and less physical activity.
Commission announces crackdown on ring tone scams and high charges for text messaging and mobile websurfing across EU borders.
A package of new measures will encourage manufacturers to make more eco-friendly goods and make sure shoppers can spot them.
European chemicals agency opens in Helsinki with task of putting REACH legal framework into practice.
A chance to debate and catch up on the latest ideas as green week 2008 kicks off in Brussels. "Only one Earth, don't waste it."
Holidaymakers can take to the water with confidence as most bathing areas in Europe meet the quality requirements.
With towns and cities growing ever bigger, the EU launches a competition to find Europe’s green capital – and encourage improvements in quality of life for millions of city-dwellers.
EU calls on industry to register chemicals in preparation for new "REACH" regulation on chemicals and their safe use.
European consumers better protected than ever before thanks to improved national surveillance, says annual RAPEX report.
The world's heaviest drinking region acts to put a stop to alcohol abuse as figures show disturbing trends.
While environmental concerns have firmly taken root in the minds of Europeans, concrete action is still eclipsed by good intentions.
Elderly people are entitled to protection from abuse, believed to be widespread. EU conference airs uncomfortable truths and demands better care.
Social networking sites, chat rooms, online gaming – all ways for people to socialise, but when it’s children, the question is: who are they socialising with?
New EU rules to raise toy safety standards, put greater responsibility on manufacturers/importers and beef up national market surveillance.