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CONSULTATION ON TRADEMARK (29.10.2008 - 31.12.2008)

Summary

Trade marks are an indicator of business origin, which distinguishes the products and services of one company from those of another. In 1989, the European Community harmonised national trade mark laws, and in 1994 it created the Community trade mark. The Community trade mark is in particular attractive to businesses as it gives its proprietor a right which is valid in the whole territory of the EU, as opposed to national marks which only cover their relevant national territory. This enables businesses to adapt their activities to the scale of the Community. More than 200,000 companies have now turned to the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) in order to obtain EU-wide protection for their trade marks.

The European Commission is currently evaluating the trade mark systems in Europe. The purpose is to provide an in-depth assessment of the functioning of the EU trade mark system with a view to identify potential needs for improvement and future developments. The evaluation includes issues such as the added value of a trade marks for companies, the awareness of the potential users, the costs of a trade mark, the relationship between the national and the Community trade mark systems, the efficiency of the systems and the protection of trade marks.

The consultation aims at getting to know the views of companies, including small and medium sized businesses, about trade mark protection and the functioning of trade mark systems, as part of the overall evaluation.

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SEPA, second round (01.09.2008 - 22.10.2008)

Summary

The banking industry has taken up the challenge of creating a Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA). SEPA allows customers to make non-cash euro payments to any beneficiary located in the euro area using a single bank account and a single set of payment instruments. All retail payments in euro will thus become “domestic”; differences between national and cross-border payments within the euro area will cease to exist.

The European Central Bank (ECB) is acting as a catalyst in this process and is cooperating with the European Commission to ensure that SEPA will be in the best interests of all the parties involved.

28 January 2008 is the launch date for SEPA from which customers will be able to make SEPA credit transfers and SEPA card payments. In 2007, a survey was conducted via the EBTP in order to investigate corporate awareness and readiness for SEPA. The ECB and the European Commission will repeat the consultation in 2008 to help monitor the migration process. The results will be used by the ECB and the European Commission in their continuous work on SEPA.

Results
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EVALUATION OF THE EUROPEAN BUSINESS TEST PANEL (EBTP) (23.6.2008 - 14.08.2008)

Summary

The European Business Test Panel (EBTP) was set up in 2003.  Since then, further companies have joined the panel which now involves more than 3 000 enterprises.

The primary objective of the EBTP is to involve representatives of individual businesses, in the preparation of EU policy and legislative initiatives.  This should help in bridging the gap between policy makers in Brussels and individual businesses in Europe.

After five years of existence of the EBTP, the European Commission wants to assess the functioning of the EBTP and see where improvements can be made for the future.  The consultation is designed to look at all kinds of aspects of the EBTP’s operation to date – both positive and negative and collect the views of the panel members on their experiences with the consultation process.

By the end of this year, a feedback on the outcomes of the evaluation will be provided. 

Results
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LATE PAYMENT IN COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS (13.5.2008 – 20.6.2008)

Summary

Late payment by another business or by public authorities is a real curse for enterprises, especially for SMEs. Although the goods are correctly delivered or the services well performed, the corresponding invoices remain unpaid or are paid well after the deadline. Late payments lead to cash-flow difficulties and to a decreasing competitiveness.

In 2000, the EU adopted Directive 2000/35/EC to curtail late payments in commercial transactions, namely payments made after the expiry of an agreed or applicable payment period. It provides, amongst other things, for a statutory penalty interest rate of at least 11%.

However, some businesses indicate that the Directive may not have had the desired effect in practice and that late payments in commercial transactions remain a widespread practice within the EU.

The Commission would like to collect your opinion on the difficulties with, and possible solution for, late payments in commercial transactions in the EU, so as to examine which measures could be taken to strongly reduce this detrimental practise.

Results
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Consultation on Workplace Diversity and Anti-Discrimination (31.03.2008 - 28.04.2008)

Summary

Anti-discrimination and workplace diversity policies are important to the business community in general. Both issues have a direct impact on many facets of how companies operate – workforce recruitment, training, dismissal, market sales, business reputation and performance, etc. Legislation at European level outlaws discrimination in employment and occupation.

Workplace Diversity within companies is associated with policies designed to recruit, retain, and develop employees from diverse social groups. In 2005 the Commission consulted businesses in the EBTP on the issue of diversity in terms of racial and ethnic background, disability, age, religion or belief and sexual orientation and got valuable insight into businesses opportunities and challenges around workplace diversity.

This consultation aims to provide an up-to-date context of diversity awareness and practices across businesses. The consultation is also a unique channel through which the Commission can assess businesses opinions regarding tools for the further promotion of workplace diversity such as diversity charters or networks of business schools and companies

Results
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Consultation On Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) (22.02.2008 – 21.03.2008)

Summary

Innovative environment-friendly technologies are needed to address the environmental challenges faced by Europe and the world, such as climate change, scarcity of natural resources or the loss of biodiversity. At the same time, developing and using these technologies opens up new technology fields and creates new business opportunities.

But many new technologies lack proven information on their performance under real or field conditions. This makes it difficult for their manufacturers to convince first customers due to the perceived risks, to secure the sources of finance necessary to fund related industrial developments and sometimes it delays the necessary authorisations to place the technologies on the market.

The European Commission is considering proposing the establishment of an EU-wide voluntary system, offering credible verification of the performance and potential impacts on the environment of new technologies: Environmental Technology Verification (ETV). This consultation aims at gathering the views of various businesses on the main options identified in order to prepare a Commission initiative in 2008.

Results
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