Other news - July 2014

Michel Barnier
Copyright: summary report of the public consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules


The summary report published today provides a qualitative overview of the input received from a wide range of stakeholders, including consumers, rights holders, business and institutional users of copyright works, collective rights management organisations and governments.


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Single Market Scoreboard: EU countries are dismantling barriers to the European single market


The Scoreboard provides country-specific information and analyses in detail how certain governance tools function and policies are applied in each country. The scope of the Single Market Scoreboard has been extended to two specific policy areas: public procurement and postal services.


Michel Barnier
Commission wants to tackle unfair practices in the food supply chain


The Communication on unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain is addressed to stakeholders and Member States.


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Green Paper on Geographical Indication protection at EU level for non-agricultural products


The Commission launches public consultation on a possible extension of geographical indication protection to non-agricultural products. Names such as champagne or prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham) that identify agricultural products with specific characteristics attributable to their place of origin are protected at EU level.


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Commission recommends principles to ensure effective protection of consumers in the online gambling services sector


The European Commission adopted the Recommendation on principles for the protection of consumers and players of online gambling services and the prevention of minors from gambling.


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The Commission launched a public consultation on the potential economic consequences of country-by-country reporting under Directive 2013/36/EU (Capital Requirements Directive or CRD)


The purpose of this consultation is to collect information and obtain input from all interested stakeholders on the potential economic consequences of public disclosure by banks and investment firms on a country-by-country basis of their profit and loss before tax, tax on profit or loss and public subsidies received.


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Directive on interconnection of business registers: first set of obligations transposed by Member States


As of today, business registers will also have to make available information on the rules in their national law, according to which third parties can rely on certain company documents.


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The Commission presents actions to better protect and enforce intellectual property rights


The European Commission adopted today two communications – an Action Plan to address infringements of intellectual property rights in the EU and a Strategy for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in third countries.