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8 February 2011

Manufacturers deliver the common mobile phone charger
Manufacturers deliver the common mobile phone charger

Have you ever been annoyed for not being able to borrow a friend's or a colleague's mobile phone charger because it wasn't compatible with your phone? This era is coming to an end. A common charger compatible with mobile phones of all brands is the simple idea that the Commission has been pushing for many years. Thanks to the cooperation between fourteen companies and the European Commission the solution is there: onechargerforall.eu. New technical standards for data-enabled mobile phones were published on 29 December 2010. Today, Vice President Antonio Tajani receives a sample of a compatible common charger from Bridget Cosgrave, Director-General of DIGITALEUROPE, the largest Association of European digital technology industry.

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Vice-President

Antonio Tajani

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"I welcome the roll out of new chargers for mobile phones based on the new EU standard. This is genuine good news for the European consumer. Now we await the arrival of the new charger and compatible mobile phones on the shelves. I urge industry to speed up their introduction in the market to enable citizens throughout the EU to enjoy the advantages of a common charger as soon as possible."

Vice-President A. Tajani website

Vice-President Antonio Tajani - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
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New cars equipped with daytime running lights as of 7 February 2011

 
New cars equipped with daytime running lights as of today

From 7 February onwards all new types of passenger cars and small delivery vans will have to be equipped with Daytime Running Lights (DRL). Trucks and buses will follow suit 18 months later, in August 2012. DRL lights are special lamps which automatically switch on when the engine is started. They are expected to increase road safety as they substantially raise the visibility of motor vehicles for other road users. They also have a low energy consumption rate compared with existing 'dipped-beam' head lights. In countries where DRL is already obligatory it has been hailed as a very positive development in the field of road safety.

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Setting up a company has become easier in 2010

 
Setting up an SME has become easier in 2010

As of 2010 (2009) the average time and cost to start-up a private limited company is 7 days (8 days) and EUR 399 (417). In Italy, as of April 2010, it is possible to register a company in one day. The procedure requires a single form ("communicazione unica") which is sent electronically to the Companies Register which uses it for the registration and then re-submits it to the other relevant bodies (tax and social security offices). However most Member States have yet to reach the 2009 start up target of 3 days.

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How entrepreneurs are made - a Swedish success story

 
How entrepreneurs are made - a Swedish success story

The region of Halland, an association bringing together county and local authorities, has invested in developing the business environment of the region by training and motivating young people. Primary and secondary schools now offer entrepreneurship classes, students are given the chance to participate in business-like projects and numerous teachers are trained to pass on entrepreneurial skills, with activities from building a town skating ramp to learning mathematics in real-life situations at local companies.

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