Press releases - March 2011

Mortgages: better protection for European consumers

31/03/2011

IP/11/383 Brussels, 31 March 2011 The financial crisis has shown the damage that irresponsible lending and borrowing practices can have on consumers and lenders, as well as the financial system and the economy at large....

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Creating a fair single market for mortgage credit – FAQ

31/03/2011

MEMO/11/205 Brussels, 31 mars 2011 1. What does this proposal cover? The focus of this proposal is to ensure that all consumers purchasing a property or taking out a loan secured by their home are adequately protected against the risks....

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European Commissioners Andris Piebalgs and Michel Barnier advocate green growth and economic integration in Africa

25/03/2011

IP/11/365 Brussels, 25 March 2011 In the context of the joint EU-Africa Strategic partnership, Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, and Michel Barnier Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, will attend the annual joint meeting ...

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Background: European Commissioners Andris Piebalgs and Michel Barnier advocate green growth and economic integration in Africa

25/03/2011

MEMO/11/193 Brussels, 25 March 2011 1. The European Commission already carries out numerous programmes to support green growth in Africa. Some key examples can be found below: Forestry The EU-FLEGT Action Plan is a successful example of EU-African cooperation ...

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On-line gambling in Europe: let's discuss

24/03/2011

IP/11/358 Brussels, 24 March 2011. On-line gambling is a fast developing business in Europe, with almost 15,000 websites already identified and total annual revenues exceeding €6billion in 2008 and expected to double in size by 2013....

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Public Consultation on On-line gambling in the Internal Market - Frequently asked questions

24/03/2011

MEMO/11/186 Brussels, 24 March 2011. What is the current situation in the EU? Today on-line gambling services are widely offered and used in the EU and the economic significance of the sector is growing rapidly....

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Internal Market Scoreboard: Member States' efforts to make the Single Market a reality is starting to bear fruits

21/03/2011

IP/11/329 Brussels, 21 March 2011 Despite challenging times, Member States continue to perform well in writing Internal Market rules into national law according to the European Commission's latest Internal Market Scoreboard....

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World Consumer Rights Day: making financial services fairer for European consumers

15/03/2011

MEMO/11/168 Brussels, 15th March 2011 15 March is World Consumer Rights Day In 2011, Consumers International – a global federation of consumer groups – is celebrating the occasion by campaigning for fairer financial services....

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Public procurement: Commission seeks Germany's compliance with Court judgment on pension schemes for local authority employees

14/03/2011

IP/11/287 Brussels, 14 March 2011 The European Commission today decided to ask Germany for information on measures taken to comply with a 2010 Court of Justice judgment ( C-271/08 ) that Germany had failed to fulfil its obligations under EU public procurement ...

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Public procurement: the Commission asks France to open to competition public procurement for the purchase of certain geographical information

14/03/2011

IP/11/289 Brussels, 14 March 2011 The European Commission today decided to call on France to amend its legislation so as to repeal the provision reserving certain contracts for the supply of geographical information for the Institut géographique national ...

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Free movement of capital: Commission seeks Portugal's compliance with Court ruling on special powers in Energías de Portugal

14/03/2011

IP/11/288 Brussels, 14 March 2011 The European Commission has decided today to ask Portugal for information on measures taken to comply with a November 2010 Court of Justice ruling ( C-543/08 ), which found that the Portuguese State's special rights in ...

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Quantitative Impact Study results show insurance and reinsurance undertakings are well positioned to meet new Solvency II capital requirements

14/03/2011

IP/11/316 Brussels, 14 March 2011 The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has today published the results of a Quantitative Impact Study. The European Commission welcomes those results which show that while technical refinements ...

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Financial Services: Czech Republic referred back to EU Court over occupational pension funds

14/03/2011

IP/11/290 Brussels, 14 March 2011 The European Commission has decided to refer the Czech Republic to the Court of Justice for failure to respect a previous EU Court ruling on occupational pension funds, where Czech law still fails to fully comply with ...

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Patent Court: the Commission welcomes the delivery of the Court of Justice's opinion

08/03/2011

IP/11/269 Brussels, 8 March 2011 The European Commission welcomes the delivery today of the opinion of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) on the compatibility of the envisaged agreement on the European and EU Patent Court with the EU Treaties....

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Competitiveness Council – 9 & 10 March 2011

08/03/2011

MEMO/11/148 Brussels, 8 March 2011 The EU Competitiveness Council will meet in Brussels on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 March under the chairmanship of the Mr Zoltán Cséfalvay, Minister of State for Strategic Affairs of Hungary....

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