NGOs, consumer groups and research organisations have expressed disappointment with the European Commission’s continuing failure to propose adequate measures for the collection and publication of information about nanomaterials on the EU market after a Commission meeting with stakeholders in Brussels on Monday.

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Standards to make products and services accessible for European consumers

ANEC welcomes the European Commission’s proposal today to facilitate the accessibility of products and services through standards. For many years, we have been pressing for regulatory action to increase access to everyday products and services for consumers of all ages and abilities.

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Study on consumers and cross-border e-commerce

Only 10% of EU consumers regularly shop from internet retailers in other EU countries, compared with 63% from websites in their home countries, according to a new ANEC survey of more than 4.000 consumers in 22 EU countries. The study reveals that, despite European Commission policies to encourage e-commerce cross-border, consumers still face notable barriers to reaping the benefits of a digital single market.

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As of tomorrow, 26 September, the energy efficiency of water and space heaters (such as boilers) will be improved due to the entry into force of EU-wide energy efficiency requirements for these products. Buying energy-thrifty boilers will be made easier for consumers because of supporting EU energy label rules.

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