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Contribution to Growth: Delivering economic benefits for citizens and businesses

07-05-2019

This collection of studies summarizes the benefits of the legislation adopted by the European Parliament in the area of free movement of goods, services, Digital Single Market and public procurement. These benefits are estimated at a total amount of 985 billion euros annually. European legislation has further important potential in delivering economic benefits for European citizens and businesses.

This collection of studies summarizes the benefits of the legislation adopted by the European Parliament in the area of free movement of goods, services, Digital Single Market and public procurement. These benefits are estimated at a total amount of 985 billion euros annually. European legislation has further important potential in delivering economic benefits for European citizens and businesses.

Women, Gender Equality and the Energy Transition in the EU

03-05-2019

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the FEMM Committee, examines the evidence on the role of women in the energy transition in the European Union and the extent of gender equality in the process particularly in respect of the renewable energy sector. The study identifies gender inequalities preventing women from the involvement in the energy transition and career advancement in this area and assesses ...

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the FEMM Committee, examines the evidence on the role of women in the energy transition in the European Union and the extent of gender equality in the process particularly in respect of the renewable energy sector. The study identifies gender inequalities preventing women from the involvement in the energy transition and career advancement in this area and assesses how the transfer to the sustainable energy model will affect gender equality and the role of women as actors of change. It provides best practices in overcoming the barriers to gender equality in the energy transition and concludes with recommendations to the EU and national decision makers.

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Joy CLANCY; Marielle FEENSTRA

Modernisation of EU consumer protection rules: A new deal for consumers

15-04-2019

On 11 April 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a directive on better enforcement and modernisation of EU consumer protection rules, as part of its 'new deal for consumers' package of measures. The proposal followed a fitness check of consumer legislation and an evaluation of the Consumer Rights Directive showed that the EU consumer legislation is fit for purpose, but could benefit from certain aspects being clarified and brought into line with the reality of the digital economy. ...

On 11 April 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a directive on better enforcement and modernisation of EU consumer protection rules, as part of its 'new deal for consumers' package of measures. The proposal followed a fitness check of consumer legislation and an evaluation of the Consumer Rights Directive showed that the EU consumer legislation is fit for purpose, but could benefit from certain aspects being clarified and brought into line with the reality of the digital economy. The proposal, which would amend four consumer protection directives, focuses on various consumer issues, including penalties for infringements, transparency on online marketplaces, protection for consumers of 'free' digital services, the right of withdrawal and dual quality of products. On 21 March 2019, Parliament and the Council reached provisional agreement on the proposal. The agreement rejects the proposed changes that would weaken the right of withdrawal. It bans several unfair commercial practices in all circumstances, and allows dual quality of products to be declared as misleading on a case-by-case basis. Parliament is expected to vote on the provisional agreement during the April II plenary session. Third edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.

Contribution to Growth: Legal Aspects of Protecting European Consumers

15-04-2019

This study contains an analysis of the legal aspects of protecting European consumers, advanced during the 7th and 8th legislative period of the European Parliament (2009 - 2019). It examines policy developments in the area of consumer protection and (digital) single market, and identifies new substantive rights offered to EU consumers. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.

This study contains an analysis of the legal aspects of protecting European consumers, advanced during the 7th and 8th legislative period of the European Parliament (2009 - 2019). It examines policy developments in the area of consumer protection and (digital) single market, and identifies new substantive rights offered to EU consumers. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.

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Aneta WIEWIÓROWSKA-DOMAGALSKA

Fairness and transparency for business users of online services

12-04-2019

The European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on the proposed regulation on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services in February 2019. Providers of online intermediation services (e.g. Amazon and eBay) and online search engines (e.g. Google search) will be required to implement a set of measures to ensure transparency and fairness in the contractual relations they have with online businesses (e.g. online retailers, hotels and restaurants ...

The European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on the proposed regulation on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services in February 2019. Providers of online intermediation services (e.g. Amazon and eBay) and online search engines (e.g. Google search) will be required to implement a set of measures to ensure transparency and fairness in the contractual relations they have with online businesses (e.g. online retailers, hotels and restaurants businesses, app stores), which use such online platforms to sell and provide their services to customers in the EU. The regulation, which, inter alia, harmonises transparency rules applicable to contractual terms and conditions, ranking of goods and services and access to data, is considered to be the first regulatory attempt in the world to establish a fair, trusted and innovation-driven ecosystem in the online platform economy. Now that Member States' and Parliament's negotiators have endorsed the compromise text, the political agreement must be voted in plenary by the European Parliament and formally adopted by the Council to complete the legislative procedure.

Certificado complementario de protección para los medicamentos

10-04-2019

El 13 de febrero de 2019 los negociadores del Parlamento y del Consejo acordaron la modificación de la normativa de la Unión en materia de protección mediante patente de los medicamentos genéricos y biosimilares. El Parlamento tiene previsto someter a votación el texto transaccional, aprobado por su Comisión de Asuntos Jurídicos (JURI), en su segundo período parcial de sesiones de abril.

El 13 de febrero de 2019 los negociadores del Parlamento y del Consejo acordaron la modificación de la normativa de la Unión en materia de protección mediante patente de los medicamentos genéricos y biosimilares. El Parlamento tiene previsto someter a votación el texto transaccional, aprobado por su Comisión de Asuntos Jurídicos (JURI), en su segundo período parcial de sesiones de abril.

Transparencia de la evaluación del riesgo en la cadena alimentaria

10-04-2019

A raíz de las controversias surgidas en torno a la autorización y la renovación de las autorizaciones de determinados productos sensibles, como los organismos modificados genéticamente (OMG) y las sustancias activas en los productos fitosanitarios (glifosato, neonicotinoides), la Comisión Europea ha propuesto la revisión y armonización de las normas de transparencia en estos ámbitos políticos. En el periodo parcial de sesiones de diciembre de 2018 se llevó a cabo una votación para ultimar la posición ...

A raíz de las controversias surgidas en torno a la autorización y la renovación de las autorizaciones de determinados productos sensibles, como los organismos modificados genéticamente (OMG) y las sustancias activas en los productos fitosanitarios (glifosato, neonicotinoides), la Comisión Europea ha propuesto la revisión y armonización de las normas de transparencia en estos ámbitos políticos. En el periodo parcial de sesiones de diciembre de 2018 se llevó a cabo una votación para ultimar la posición del Parlamento. Un acuerdo provisional alcanzado en las negociaciones tripartitas del 11 de febrero de 2019 está ahora a la espera de la aprobación final del Parlamento en primera lectura durante el período parcial de sesiones de abril II.

What if a simple DNA test could predict your future?

22-03-2019

What if new-born babies were given a DNA report card that predicted their intelligence, their odds of getting a PhD, their chances of becoming a chain smoker or suffering depression, a heart attack or cancer? Thanks to ongoing genetic studies, a large amount of genetic data is available today involving millions of people. The wealth of information available to researchers allows them to create a polygenic risk score based on the DNA test of a person. This can be used to predict a person's chances ...

What if new-born babies were given a DNA report card that predicted their intelligence, their odds of getting a PhD, their chances of becoming a chain smoker or suffering depression, a heart attack or cancer? Thanks to ongoing genetic studies, a large amount of genetic data is available today involving millions of people. The wealth of information available to researchers allows them to create a polygenic risk score based on the DNA test of a person. This can be used to predict a person's chances of getting a disease, his or her traits and behaviour, and many other things about their future. Are these predictions flawless? Who would benefit from them? What are their implications for a person's life in general?

Contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services

21-03-2019

On 29 January 2019, the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the European Commission's proposal for a directive regulating the private-law aspects of contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services in the internal market. The directive would, for the first time, harmonise some aspects of such contracts at EU level. The co-legislators agreed that embedded digital content would not be regulated by this directive, but rather by that on sale of goods ...

On 29 January 2019, the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the European Commission's proposal for a directive regulating the private-law aspects of contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services in the internal market. The directive would, for the first time, harmonise some aspects of such contracts at EU level. The co-legislators agreed that embedded digital content would not be regulated by this directive, but rather by that on sale of goods. They also agreed that the duration of legal guarantees for digital content and services would not be fully harmonised but that national laws should not limit it to less than two years; that for the first year from delivery the burden of proof should be on the supplier; and that traders would be required to provide updates. The directive would also establish what remedies consumers are entitled to and the order in which they can be used. Parliament is expected to vote on the provisional agreement during the March II plenary session. Fifth edition of a briefing originally drafted by Rafał Mańko. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. To view previous editions of this briefing, please see: PE 614.707 (February 2018).

Acciones de representación para la protección de los intereses colectivos de los consumidores

20-03-2019

En el marco de los esfuerzos encaminados a mejorar el cumplimiento de las normas relativas a la protección de los consumidores, la Comisión Europea ha propuesto una Directiva relativa a las acciones de representación para la protección de los intereses colectivos de los consumidores. La propuesta, presentada como parte del «Nuevo marco para los consumidores», tiene por objeto permitir a los consumidores de toda la Unión emplear las acciones de representación para exigir una indemnización de las empresas ...

En el marco de los esfuerzos encaminados a mejorar el cumplimiento de las normas relativas a la protección de los consumidores, la Comisión Europea ha propuesto una Directiva relativa a las acciones de representación para la protección de los intereses colectivos de los consumidores. La propuesta, presentada como parte del «Nuevo marco para los consumidores», tiene por objeto permitir a los consumidores de toda la Unión emplear las acciones de representación para exigir una indemnización de las empresas que vulneren sus derechos. Se prevé que el Parlamento Europeo vote su posición en primera lectura durante el periodo parcial de sesiones de marzo II.

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