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28/08/2016

New legal basis may lead to stricter rules for GMOs in seeds

Topic: labelling


Trade & Society 09-03-2016

New Orleans looks to EU and TTIP to rebuild fortunes

A decade after Hurricane Katrina devastated much of New Orleans, the city is still in the process of rebuilding and is now setting its sights on foreign trade and foreign investment, especially when it comes to the European Union and TTIP.
Med & South 15-01-2016

Netanyahu deplores bad EU relations

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the European Union yesterday (14 January) of holding his country to a double standard, and reserved special criticism for Sweden, saying its call to investigate Israel was outrageous, immoral and stupid.
Global Europe 12-11-2015

Why EU guidelines on Israeli settlements are welcome

EU guidelines on the "indication of origin of goods from the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967" are a long overdue step forward, writes MEP Alyn Smith.
Global Europe 04-11-2015

EU decision to boycott settlement products will hurt Palestinian jobs

The EU decision to adopt new labeling on Israel's settlement products is perceived as an act of discrimination which will not help the diplomatic process, writes Yossi Lempkowicz.
Global Europe 04-11-2015

Israel to EU: Labelling products harms peace hopes

Israel denounced a European Union proposal Tuesday (3 November) to label products from Jewish settlements, saying it would damage the peace process with the Palestinians.

Danish retail giant: 'Why use endocrine-disrupting substances if we can use alternatives?'

COOP, Denmark's leading retailer, with about 1,200 supermarkets, lives by the precautionary principle and has therefore removed all endocrine-disrupting chemicals from its products. This gives consumers a choice, says Malene Teller Blume.

Europeans 'confused by green claims': Survey

Some 80% of Europeans are concerned by the environmental impact of their purchases but only one-quarter say they “often” buy green products, reveals the latest EU opinion poll.
Health & Consumers 11-04-2013

Brussels unveils green performance scheme for products

The European Commission has proposed EU-wide methods for companies to measure and communicate their ‘greenness’ and the environmental footprint of their products.
Agriculture & Food 06-03-2013

Barroso moves to limit damage from meat scandal

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso on Tuesday (5 March) strongly defended the EU's response to the horsemeat scandal that has shaken consumer confidence and, more broadly, could have repercussions for international trade.
Energy 19-09-2012

Oettinger feels the heat on boiler labelling rules

The meaningful energy labelling of household heating boilers is being gutted behind the scenes, green campaigners have warned, saying this could undermine the EU's 2020 target to cut energy consumption by 20%.
Health & Consumers 12-05-2011

EU to label clothes made with real fur, leather

Consumers will no longer be at risk of buying by mistake textiles that contain real fur or leather after the European Parliament backed new labelling rules yesterday (11 May). 
Trade & Society 30-09-2010

MEPs back 'Made In' labels

The European Union moved closer to new rules to protect its manufacturers from cheaper Asian imports on Wednesday (29 September) when a committee backed plans to label products from outside the bloc by their country of origin.

Carbon labels potentially misleading, study warns

Labelling consumer products with their carbon footprint is not the best approach to combating global warming as the labels at their worst increase negative environmental impacts and mislead consumers, according to European consumer organisation ANEC.
Trade & Society 19-05-2010

MEPs want stricter 'country of origin' labels for clothes

The European Parliament is pushing for new labelling rules that would prevent foreign manufacturers from claiming that clothes were 'Made in the EU' when they underwent only minor transformations in the bloc.
Energy 26-11-2009

Parliament rubberstamps law on tyre labelling

The European Parliament yesterday (25 November) gave its final blessing to a new EU regulation that will introduce fuel efficiency labels for all new tyres from November 2012.
Energy 19-11-2009

EU agrees on new energy-efficiency labels

The Swedish EU Presidency struck a deal on 17 November with the European Parliament on a new energy label for household appliances which will add more classes to the closed A-G format.
Energy 02-10-2009

EU adopts fuel efficiency label for tyres

All new tyres will be stamped with a label indicating fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise performance in three years' time, EU negotiators agreed yesterday (1 October).
Energy 07-10-2008

Consumer group slams new energy-labelling scheme

European consumers' organisation BEUC yesterday (6 October) criticised a new Commission proposal to rank household goods such as fridges and washing machines according to the amount of energy they consume, describing it as overly complicated and confusing for consumers.
Health & Consumers 30-03-2007

MEPs put the breaks on organic-food law

The Parliament has held back its opinion on a new EU regulation on organic production and labelling rules, aimed at buying more time to negotiate on legislative powers and restrict the GMO content of organic products.
Health & Consumers 01-02-2007

Parliament in high spirits following vodka vote

MEPs believe that a compromise with the Council is at hand after a vote by the European Parliament's lead committee on spirit labelling, which allows for vodka to be made from non-traditional ingredients. 
Health & Consumers 13-11-2006

'Industry unlikely to self-regulate'

Food labelling and advertising to children are two areas where industry is unlikely to be able to self-regulate and legislation is therefore required, argues Sue Davies from the UK consumer organisation Which?.
Health & Consumers 09-05-2006

Commission wants to improve sunscreen labelling

A Commission is set to issue a recommendation to industry on how to label sunscreens properly to protect consumers from misleading claims, such as 'sunblocker', which only gives impression of total protection.
Health & Consumers 15-04-2004

GM or not GM? Consumers have the choice from 18 April

The new EU legislation on labelling and traceability of GMOs will enter into force on 18 April. All stakeholders agree that this is an important step towards better consumer information and choice.
Agriculture & Food 24-10-2003

New legal basis may lead to stricter rules for GMOs in seeds

On 22 October, the Commission informed Member States that new rules will apply to the voting procedure on its controversial draft Directive on labelling thresholds for GMOs in conventional seeds.