The European Court of Auditors has today published a Background Paper on the enforcement of the EU’s competition rules. Background Papers provide information on ongoing audit tasks and are designed as a source of information for those interested in the policy and/or programmes being audited. Today’s Paper is based on preparatory work for an audit … Continue reading Auditors publish Background Paper on EU competition policy enforcement
The European Commission today fined, in four separate decisions, consumer electronics manufacturers Asus, Denon & Marantz, Philips and Pioneer for imposing fixed or minimum resale prices on their online retailers in breach of EU competition rules. The fines totalling over €111 million were in all four cases reduced due to the companies' cooperation with the … Continue reading Antitrust: Commission fines four consumer electronics manufacturers for fixing online resale prices
Question & Answers on the Commission proposals What is the Commission proposing and why? The free movement of goods is one of the building blocks of the EU Single Market. It means that companies can sell their products in any EU country without additional barriers. This creates new opportunities for businesses, but also gives consumers a wider … Continue reading Single Market: trading safe products across Europe
The Commission today presents measures to ensure that intellectual property rights are well protected, thereby encouraging European companies, in particular SMEs and start-ups, to invest in innovation and creativity. Today's initiatives will make it easier to act efficiently against breaches of intellectual property rights, facilitate cross-border litigation, and tackle the fact that 5% of goods … Continue reading Intellectual property: Protecting Europe’s know-how and innovation leadership
The first summer without roaming charges shows that Europeans are aware of the new rules and have started changing their habits when travelling abroad in the EU. According to a Flash Eurobarometer survey published today, a large majority of Europeans recognise the benefits of roaming without extra charges. Thanks to the new EU roaming rules, in place … Continue reading First summer without roaming charges: Europeans see benefits of the new rules
There are three keywords in this topic: European integration, European citizenship and internal market; hence it is both appropriate and necessary to approach the question through examining these concepts and their evolution within the European Union (EU) framework. The main aspect to be considered is the actual development of the European Union in what the … Continue reading Parallel to the deepening of European Integration, a new role of European Citizenship has been created that goes far beyond just economic participation in the internal market.