Other news - January 2012

Copyright
Statement by Commissioner Barnier on intellectual property rights and online piracy

20/01/2012

"The Commission is closely monitoring developments in our Member States and other countries in the field of intellectual property rights and online piracy, including the current debate in the US Congress on proposed legislation".

 

 

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Banking
Creation of a High-level Expert Group on reforming the structure of the EU banking sector

16/01/2012

In agreement with President Barroso, Commissioner Barnier has today appointed Erkki Liikanen as the Chairman of the future Group.

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Copyright
Commission publishes studies on parasitic copying and protection of trade secrets

13/01/2012

The European Commission has published a study on the existing national legal protection in the EU Member States against parasitic copying - the practice of marketing products which are designed to look like pre-existing products of well established brands. The Commission also published a study on the legal protection of trade secrets.

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Internet payments
Consultation: Breaking down barriers to secure and innovative card, internet and mobile payments

11/01/2012

The way European citizens shop and pay is radically changing. A secure and transparent integrated payments environment throughout the EU could create more efficient, modern and safer means of payments. Based on the Green Paper adopted today, the Commission seeks the views of stakeholders as to which obstacles hinder further market integration and how these could be resolved. The deadline for submitting contributions is 11 April 2012.

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E-commerce
Commission adopts an action plan for doubling the volume of e-commerce in Europe by 2015

11/01/2012

In the difficult circumstances facing Europe we must seize every source of activity and new jobs as a matter of urgency. The development of electronic commerce and online services offers enormous potential for beneficial economic, social and societal change. That is why the Commission has today adopted a Communication presenting 16 targeted initiatives aimed at doubling the share of e-commerce in retail sales (currently 3.4 %) and that of the Internet sector in European GDP (currently less than 3 %) by 2015.

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