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'Consumers, by definition, include us all. They are the largest economic group in the economy, affecting and affected by almost every public and private economic decision', were the words of US President JF Kennedy in 1962, which marked the dawn of consumer rights. A lot has changed since then, but the fast-paced and ever-changing world is still a constant in our daily lives as consumers. In recent years, EU consumer policy has shifted from the technical harmonisation of standards to the recognition ...

European film in the digital era

Glaustai 20-04-2015

The fast pace of technological change is creating both challenges and opportunities for the film industry, notably in terms of distribution via new release channels (video on demand, downloading, streaming) and release windows (release chronology), and resulting changes in audience behaviour. New business models also raise questions over copyright for access to content.

The 'best before' date, that is the recommended last consumption date, is often confused with the 'use by' date, intended for foods that are highly perishable (such as fresh meat or dairy products). Recent consumer market surveys in the EU show that only a third of consumers are able to correctly interpret the meaning of the 'best before' date. While knowledge of labelling seems to be better in some countries, consumers throughout the EU have difficulties in understanding the labelling scheme. Food ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment accompanying the proposal for a Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure. According to the Commission, the development of the market for alternative fuels has been held back by three major and interdependent factors: technological immaturity; lack of consumer acceptance; and missing fuel infrastructure. The current proposal focuses on 'deployment of ...

Food supply chain

Glaustai 13-01-2012

Recent shifts in prices have focused policy attention on the food supply chain: the path food takes from producers to consumers.

Food supply chain in Europe

Briefing 26-09-2011

Recent fluctuations in food prices have drawn attention to the need to ensure a properly functioning food supply chain.