ANEC welcomes today’s publication of tougher European standards for window blinds as a move towards reducing accidents involving children.

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ANEC welcomes adoption yesterday of legislation on the safety of electrical equipment (such as washing machines and cookers) by the plenary of the European Parliament.

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ANEC welcomes adoption of a series of European standards on accessibility requirements for the public procurement of ICT products and services . The standards were drafted by CEN/CENELEC/ETSI with the participation of industrial and societal stakeholders, including ANEC, in answer to a request from the European Commission. The functional accessibility requirements for the procurement of products and services in the ICT domain, such as web-sites, will harmonise e-accessibility in the Internal Market and benefit consumers with disabilities and older consumers.

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ANEC critical of tourism services within Europe

Travelling within Europe is not always easy, according to research published today by ANEC. In our survey of almost 6000 consumers, more than a quarter reported having problems when using cross-border tourism services within Europe. Car rental was seen as the most problematic area with almost one-quarter of users reporting a negative experience. People travelling by plane and train, and going on package holidays, also experienced a high level of problems, despite EU regulation in these areas.

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ANEC, ECOS & ETUI welcome CEN-CENELEC’s initiative to create an online Toolbox for Societal Stakeholders. We feel that this is a vital step towards fully integrating all stakeholders including civil societal ones in the European standardisation process, and we celebrate its launch. We hope that National Standards Bodies will continue to develop these tools and implement country-specific toolboxes to facilitate involvement at national level, where societal input is equally beneficial.

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