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Commission presses car rental companies to stop discriminatory practices against consumers

11/08/2014

European Press release Brussels, 11 August 2014 Commission The European Commission is today making public a letter which was sent recently to the CEOs of six international car rental companies which offer their services to consumers in all Member States of the European Union.

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Main findings of the review reports on the European System of Financial Supervision

08/08/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 8 August 2014 The European Commission today adopted the review reports on the European System of Financial Supervision (ESFS), consisting of a report on the operation of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) – the European Banking Authority (EBA), the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA),...

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Vice-President Michel Barnier welcomes major milestone for the internal payments market with the migration to SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area)

01/08/2014

European Commission Statement Brussels, 1 August 2014 Today, a big part of the Single Euro Payments Area has become reality. In all euro countries citizens have now available a common and simple way to pay at home and across borders: SEPA credit transfers (SCT) and SEPA direct debit (SDD).

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Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) – frequently asked questions

31/07/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 31 July 2014 The Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) creates a true European Single Market for retail payments in euro where transfers, direct debits and payments between Member States are as easy and fast as the equivalent domestic transactions.

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The right to a basic bank account for all European citizens: Commission welcomes Council adoption

23/07/2014

European Commission Statement Brussels, 23 July 2014 The European Commission has welcomed the adoption by the EU’s Council of Ministers of the Directive on the transparency and comparability of payment account fees, payment account switching and access to a basic payment account The Directive will foster the creation of a...

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EU countries are dismantling barriers to the European Single Market

17/07/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 July 2014 Since last summer, EU countries have stepped up their efforts to make it easier to live, work or do business in another EU country, according to the latest edition of the Single Market Scoreboard released by the European Commission today.

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Green Paper on the protection of geographical indications for non-agricultural products – Frequently Asked Questions

15/07/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels/Strasbourg, 15 July 2014 See also IP/14/832 What is a Geographical Indication? A Geographical Indication (GI) is a sign, usually a name, used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities, characteristics or a reputation essentially attributable to that place of origin.

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Communication on unfair trading practices: frequently asked questions

15/07/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels/Strasbourg, 15 July 2014 See also IP/14/831 1. What are unfair trading practices? Many of the commercial relationships between businesses in the food supply chain are imbalanced in that one trading partner has significantly greater bargaining power than its counterparty.

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Making the most of Europe's traditional know-how: Commission launches public consultation on the protection of geographical indications for non-agricultural products

15/07/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels/Strasbourg, 15 July 2014 The European Commission has today launched a Green Paper consultation on a possible extension of geographical indication protection to non-agricultural products.

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European Commission to tackle unfair practices in the food supply chain

15/07/2014

Press release Brussels/Strasbourg, 15 July 2014 European Commission The European Commission has today adopted a communication encouraging Member States to look for ways to improve protection of small food producers and retailers against the unfair practices of their sometimes much stronger trading partners.

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