Other news - March 2013

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Trade marks: Commission proposes easier access and stronger protection


The European Commission has today presented a package of initiatives to make trade mark registration systems all over the European Union cheaper, quicker, more reliable and predictable.


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European Commission launches Green Paper on the long-term financing of the European economy


The European Commission has today adopted a Green Paper that launches a three-month public consultation on how to foster the supply of long-term financing and how to improve and diversify the system of financial intermediation for long-term investment in Europe. The financial crisis has affected the ability of the financial sector in Europe to channel savings to long-term investment. Responses to the consultation will help the Commission determine what can be done to overcome the barriers to long-term financing.


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Commission publishes a study on Geographical indication protection for non-agricultural products


This study is a contribution to the European Commission’s evaluation of the feasibility of the protection of Geographical indications for non-agricultural products in the internal market. A public hearing on this subject is going to take place on 22 April 2013 in Brussels.


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Commissioner Barnier appoints Philippe Maystadt as Special Adviser to enhance EU’s role in promoting high quality accounting standards


Commissioner Barnier has today appointed Philippe Maystadt, former President of the European Investment Bank, as Special Adviser. Capitalising on his expertise in the financial sector, Mr Maystadt’s role as Special Adviser will be to reinforce the EU’s contribution to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and to improve the governance of the institutions developing these standards.