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12 January 2011

EU economic governance: Commission sets the yearly priorities for EU growth
EU economic governance: Commission sets the yearly priorities for EU growth

Europe has a comprehensive plan to respond to the crisis and to speed up Europe's economic growth. It now needs to focus its efforts in a coordinated manner and with an eye on priorities. That is what the Commission is presenting today. The Annual Growth Survey charts a clear direction on where Europe should be heading in the next year, with ten pressing actions focussed on macro-economic stability and fiscal consolidation, structural reforms and growth-enhancing measures. The Annual Growth Survey is the start of the first "European Semester" which changes the way governments shape their economic and fiscal policies. Once agreed by the European Council, Member states will reflect these recommendations in both their policies and national budgets. For the first time ever, Member States and Commission will therefore jointly discuss macro-economic stability, structural reforms and boosting growth measures in a comprehensive way.

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Commission welcomes new EU standards for common mobile phone charger

 
Commission welcomes new EU standards for common mobile phone charger

Following a mandate from the European Commission, the European Standardisation Bodies CEN-CENELEC and ETSI have now made available the harmonised standards needed for the manufacture of data-enabled mobile phones compatible with a new common charger. This development follows the June 2009 agreement of fourteen leading mobile phone producers to harmonise chargers for data-enabled mobile phones (i.e. that can be connected to a computer) sold in the European Union.

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More than three million classification and labelling notifications improve information on hazardous chemicals

 
Chemicals: More than three million classification and labelling notifications improve information on hazardous chemicals

More than three million notifications on the classification of chemical substances in line with new EU rules have been received by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). All companies manufacturing or importing hazardous substances were required to classify them by 1 December 2010 and notify ECHA by 3 January 2011. Classification is essential to determine whether a chemical is dangerous for health and the environment, and will determine the information on the labels of chemicals that workers and consumers use. The data will enable ECHA to establish the first European inventory of hazardous substances and harmonised classifications.

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Commission welcomes EP decision to repeal eight outdated metrology directives

 
Commission welcomes decision by European Parliament and Council to repeal eight outdated metrology directives

European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani welcomes the European Parliament's decision to repeal eight metrology directives. The reason to repeal the legal acts is that they are no longer necessary, technically outdated and/or applied more seldom, as in the case of the directive on weights for use on non-automatic weighing scales. The directives were laid out in the 1970�s with the aim of harmonising legislation at a time when the different legislation of Member States constituted barriers to trade within the internal market.

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EU and US launch joint website against counterfeiting and piracy

 
Transatlantic Economic Council: EU and US launch joint website against counterfeiting and piracy

International trade in counterfeit and pirated goods is estimated to $250 billion a year. With a view to encourage SMEs to break into foreign markets and avoid risks in terms of the violation of their intellectual property rights (IPR), the US and Europe are joining forces. On the occasion of the Transatlantic Economic Council in Washington of 17 December, the TransAtlantic IPR Portal was launched, offering guidance to enterprises in the EU and the US that wish to successfully do business in other countries. The portal is part of the mission to strengthen cooperation between the EU and the USA.

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